Winter Tea

We went walking with Zirve Dağcilik on Sunday, to a village called Dağtekke, in the hills above Torbalı.  It was raining so the walking was shortened and morewet-walk time was spent indoors around a huge soba, drinking tea, eating and chatting, and of course there was okey and backgammon being played.  Outside the tea house but under cover were two ladies making very delicious gözleme, they were making them all day, clearly doing a roaring trade.  There were stalls in the village, set out with village produce.  We bought some beans and some almonds, wet-villagewe cooked some of the beans yesterday and they are very good indeed.  The setting was lovely and some effort has been made to make the village look attractive.  If the sun had been shining it would have been really stunning, but sadly it was raining.

It continued raining all day Monday.  More commonly it is sunshine and showers, the showers can be torrential and very thundery, sometimes merging into each other.  We had nearly 48 hours of rain, there were floods in Izmir, we saw neighbours emptying buckets.  Fortunately we have had no leaks.

Ashley-with-winter-teaToday the sun came out.  It is not warm, 15oC or so.  We took the opportunity to go to a local café and drink winter tea.  This is an infusion of spices and other things and rather delicious, especially with a spoonful of honey stirred into it.

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12 responses to “Winter Tea

  1. Sounds like a lovely jaunt. I am particularly interested to learn of this winter tea – with spice. Any idea what specific spices are in it? I have never seen spiced cay in Turkiye. I wonder if it is unique to this village? Thanks for the interesting post, as per usual!

    • We had the tea here in Selcuk at the Carpouza which is run by the belediye. There is a notice outside explaining that the tea is made of 13 different herbs and spices. They are listed but we couldn’t translate all of them, let alone guess at the proportions. It includes hisbiscus (which you can definitely taste), cinnamon, ginger, camomile, sage and eight other ingredients! We intend to ask our spice lady on the Saturday market if she can blend some winter tea for us.

  2. two’s up on the recipe!

  3. Fancy that it sounds really warming. Very very cold here now see you soon

  4. I’m taking the dog on a walk around the Bodrum teahouses today to see if any of them serve “winter tea”

    • Good luck, we hope you found some. We are going to try to get the recipe and share it on here, we know we can get the list of ingredients used by Cafe Carpouza, getting the proportions might be trickier.

  5. Looks so wonderful and peaceful – and I loved that 15C temperature, we have freezing temp in Surrey now: ) I was just thinking of you as i posted a chocolate cake with red pepper flakes in it, and remembered your blog; we Turks do put pul biber to everything, though to the cake was a first for me:)
    enjoy the lovely scenery,
    Ozlem

    • Sadly the 15C is a thing of the past, it has got cold, but not cold like the UK has been recently.
      Your comment about combining chocolate and red pepper flakes made us think of Mexico.

  6. Coincidentally we came across this deliciously fragrant mixture for the first time just a few days ago whilst visiting our optician in Küşadası. With his help we tracked down a small bag of the mixture at the Centrum herbalist shop (near the park) that cost just 5tl and tastes superb – simmer a couple of teaspoons for 3-4 minutes.

    • We’re going to try our usual herb and spice stall on Saturday to see if they can sell or mix us something. If all else fails, thanks for letting us know where this can be found next time we venture to Kusadasi

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