Monday, February 27, 2012

Weddings in North Cyprus

What better place to celebrate your very special day than on the romantic island of Cyprus, birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. North Cyprus has everything to make your wedding dreams come true, with sun-kissed beaches, spectacular wedding locations, breathtaking scenery, the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean, the list goes on. It is also a lot cheaper to get married in North Cyprus than it is in the UK, as it can cost thousands in the UK, but here at Cyprus Paradise, we offer wedding packages from only £439. We will take care of all the paperwork for you, to make sure your special day and holiday are relaxed and trouble-free. Our wedding co-ordinator speaks English and Turkish fluently and has a good relationship with the local authorities and local companies, ensuring that your wedding day runs smoothly. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

North Cyprus Desserts - Kadayıf

Kadayıf is a popular dessert in Turkey and North Cyprus, made from shredded dough, butter, milk and nuts. It tastes similar to a sweet shredded wheat, with a sugary syrup poured over the top. Kadayıf is the Turkish version of an Arabic dessert called Kanafeh. The picture above is a type of Kadayıf known as "Tel Kadayıf", which means "string pudding".

Friday, February 10, 2012

North Cyprus Desserts - Baklava

Baklava is a popular dessert in North Cyprus, made from filo pastry, filled with chopped nuts and then sweetened with syrup or honey. You will find Baklava in nearly all of the supermarkets and sweet shops, and in many restaurants. Although the original country to have made Baklava is under debate, there is strong evidence that the version we know today originated in Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

North Cyprus Desserts - Lokma

Street sellers making Lokma in Kyrenia, North Cyprus. Lokma means "mouthful" in Turkish and is a type of fried dough pastry. The dough is deep fried, then soaked in sugar syrup and sprinkled with honey, cinnamon or sesame seeds.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

North Cyprus Vegetables - Siyah Havuç

Black carrots, or as they are know in Turkish - Siyah Havuç. Black and purple carrots originate from Turkey and the Middle East, and are very good for reducing bad cholesterol (LDL). Black carrots are something you may have never seen before, as we know carrots to be orange, but in fact, the black carrot was around for around 5,000 years before the orange carrot became established in the 16th Century. Black and Purple carrots were taken to the western world, but they did not survive very well in the cold conditions. However, some mutant yellow carrots grew from the black variety when planted in the west, and it is thought that these yellow carrots crossed with the wild carrot actually created the orange carrot which we know today.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

North Cyprus Vegetables - Kereviz

Celeriac, or as it is known in Turkish - Kereviz. Celeriac is a member of the celery family, and when peeled smells and tastes of celery, but when cooked it has a much milder and sweeter flavour. It is high in Vitamin C, as well as magnesium and potassium. If you do not know how to cook it properly, it can be very bitter. It is a good root vegetable to use in stews, or you can grate it, then blanch it to eat with salads.