Monthly Archives: October 2012

October 29th – The Day of the Republic

On October 29 Turkey celebrates the Republic Day. This day marks the foundation of the Turkish Republic after the countries victory in the War of Independence (1919-23). Today 89 years ago the old constitution of the Ottoman Empire was replaced by a new one and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk became the first president of Turkey. He […]

The mosques and the muezzins

After living in Istanbul for a while now I don´t even recognize it any more, but everyone who visits or is new in the city does: The voices of the muezzins sound five times a day from the minaret of every mosque in the city. The muezzins are the ones who lead and recite the […]

Best Chocolate Muffins I know!

Ingredients 140 ml (0.04 gallon) milk 2 eggs 3 tablespoons of melted butter 225 gr (8 oz) flour 90 gr (3.2 oz) roughly chopped dark chocolate 1 packet vanilla sugar ½ packet backing powder 2-3 tablespoons cocoa ½ teaspoons baking soda 1 pinch of salt some chocolate coating for the topping Preparation Preheat oven to […]