Wednesday, April 26

If you could only smell this…

After enjoying some delicious leftovers from Sunday’s dinner, Joe and I carved up the remainder of the lamb carcass tonight. On Sunday I carved only enough to fill a large platter. There’s something surreal about carving up a lamb on the front porch in front of my 2 year-old nephew, but he didn’t seem fazed at all.

I took all the bones that we’d cleaned and threw them in a pot with some water, rosemary, parsley, salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic. It’s still simmering right now. It smells heavenly. I’m not sure what we’ll do with the lamb stock. Maybe Joe will make risotto. We’ll probably save some for soup. K suggested barley or white bean. Yum.

We brought K some leftovers too, since she’s in the middle of exams. We had some tea and listened to the new Tarkan CD, which is all in English and, well, not very good. Tarkan should stick to singing in Turkish. And, oh yeah, he should have sex with me.

We ended up looking at K’s old atlas to locate the Red Sea resort where our friend (and housemate) G is vacationing. We had a bit of a scare when we learned of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Dahab. G didn’t leave us (or his family) an itinerary, and it took a bit of sleuthing on my part to figure out his exact whereabouts. Fortunately, he’s not in Dahab.

While looking at the atlas, I came across a map of England and noticed something odd. It seems that the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are situated in Old England in the opposite fashion as they are in New England. In Old England, Norfolk county is north of Suffolk, which is north of Essex, whereas in New England, Essex county is north of Suffolk, which is north of Norfolk. I thought that was interesting. What can I say, I’m a dweeb.


Blogger epicurist said...

I had lamb chops this weekend as well. oh god, how I love it.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Sandouri Dean Bey said...

have you ever tried those baby lamb chops that are really small and tender? an ideal summer night for me involves having friends over, playing a game of bocce in the yard, throwing a bunch of those chops on the grill, and chowing down along with a pitcher of homemade sangria :)

10:54 AM  
Blogger castor said...

Mhmmm, I miss my Greek friends, their cooking and their dithyrambic feasts, although I know that they never would invite my beloved Tarkan, because they still belong to that generation of Greeks who couldn't stand for the expression "Turkish coffe" for it's called "Greek coffee" ... and so on!:-)

5:03 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Trust me Dean you are most definitely not a dweeb my friend! Just a very intelligent guy who makes for always interesting and stimulating reading!

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though I can hardly agree that with your view that Tarkan's album is no good - someone who can't listen to anything else but taverna music probably won't like hiphop - at least get the link to his official site correct - if you will.

12:33 AM  
Blogger Sandouri Dean Bey said...

while i appreciate that some tarkan fans were offended by this post, i must say that i found your comment presumptuous and silly.

why do you assume that i listen only to taverna music? what the hell is taverna music anyway?? please tell me 'cause it sounds like fun!!

i'm not all that interested in what tarkan's official site is. i just wanted to provide a link so those not familiar with him would know who the hell i was referring to.

i will say that i am a bit disappointed that neither you nor the other tarkan fans who read this post caught the humor in mentioning tarkan in a post about making lamb stock, because as i'm sure you know, kuzu kuzu (like a lamb) was one of his most successful singles ever.

thanks for your comment, though.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I saw the connection. Pulling you up on something doesn't makes us dense. But thanks for the reply, diffusive as always.

Go to Istanbul, Cicek Pasaji for taverna music. :))

3:15 PM  
Blogger Sandouri Dean Bey said...

cicek pasaji sounds familiar... i'll ask my friend kate about it. she's gonna whup my ass when she sees what i said about tarkan :)

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, it'd be a pleasure to (gently) whup your ass :)

Can I suggest you try this album of Candan Ercetin's - when Ottoman art music degenerated to the music halls Rembetiko was born (and used to stir Greek independence) and she sings songs shared by both Greek and Turkish cultures from that era. You'll find her well worth listening to - the album is Aman Doktor (you must know the song). I think she sings them in Greekish - half Turkish and half Greek - maybe you sound check it out just to diss her Greek skills. :) (Yo so good at dat)

She also sang an excellent rendition of Capkin in the late 1990s: if you hear the melody you'll recognize the song I'm sure. The Hellenes were in an uproar that she'd stolen a Rembetiko song, but everything went quiet when it turned out it was a Turkish songwriter, and that only half the melody had travelled to the far Aegean shores anyway - and not the full song as the Turks knew it. Fascinating.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Sandouri Dean Bey said...

well, i do regret my tarkan remarks, but if that's what it took to get you to start leaving comments, i'm glad. you're a bad boy for remaining silent all this time. you're really quite engaging :)

i will certainly check out candan ercetin. i'd not heard of her before, but she sounds intriguing. and if she's singing ottoman art music in a degenerate form, all the better! now if only i can find a hamam to visit while i'm listening...

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

:) No I meant Rembetiko is a degenerate form of Ottoman art music. The term is not meant to be derogatory - even though you know how elitist classicists are - Greek and Roma influences just moved it away from its pure form of fasil. Call it neo-classical Ottoman art music if you want. Art music spans six centuries so changes were always going to happen.

About hamams...can I also suggest award-winning Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin's "Crossing the Bridge"? It's a documentary shown at Cannes about the sounds of Istanbul. You will love it. He gets a girl to sing a folksong using the acoustics in the hamam, and he interviews street musicians and the homeless. A truly urban musicial. The soundtrack to this is excellent - 2003 Eurovision winner Sertab Erener does a cracking rendition of Madonna's Music for the opening track.

You see Tarkan does bring us "Closer" together. ;)

8:09 PM  

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