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 bride sports a golden mask on her wedding day
bride sports a golden mask on her wedding day (IHA Photo)

In the age of the coronavirus, Turkish brides have found a new golden accessory to wear on their wedding day. Turkish brides generally receive a set of gold jewelry and other pieces of gold on their wedding days from family members and guests. The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in Turkey has forced many wedding traditions to be adjusted – including limited dancing and mandatory mask-wearing.


As necessity is the mother of invention, these changes have produced a new, glamorous way for brides to sport their bling – this time right across their faces.


In the southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş, master craftsmen have begun producing gilded masks, or surgical masks bedazzled with 14-carat and 22-carat gold, to adorn brides. These glittering masks ensure precautions against COVID-19 outbreaks are followed without the slightest loss of style.

The prices of these masks range from TL 8,000 ($1,150) to TL 75,000.

Brides provide their measurements to ensure a perfect fit, and their masks are ready three days after the order is received.


The masks can be made in a variety of different styles and worn as a unique piece of jewelry.

Mustafa Öz, chairman of the Chamber of Jewelers of Kahramanmaraş, said demand for the masks has increased.


“We hope to see golden masks on the faces of brides at all weddings,” he told Ihlas News Agency (IHA).

Article courtesy of Daily Sabah

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mercimek-corbas Turkish soup
Try Something Turkish this Turkey Day. (photo tasteatlas.com)

Mercimek çorbası is a beloved Turkish soup made with red lentils, chicken stock, onions, and carrots. It is often seasoned with salt, pepper, cumin, or paprika. Easy to prepare, filling, and warming, the soup is consumed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in rural parts of Turkey, especially in local eateries known as lokantas.

Receipe

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil

  • Red lentils

  • Onion

  • Carrot

  • Tomato paste

  • Salt, cumin, Aleppo Pepper and black pepper

  1. Heat olive oil in a pot and saute onion until golden.

  2. Add in tomato paste and cook for a minute.

  3. Add in chopped carrots and cook for a few minutes.

  4. Next, add the red lentils and spices. Stir well and add water.

  5. Bring to simmer and cook covered for about 20 minutes. Uncover and cook for another 10 minutes until the lentils are fully cooked.

  6. Blend the soup in blender or use an immersion blender.

  7. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon. ENJOY!


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Bal Arisi is Turkish for honey bee and we chose the name as a nod to the struggling essential insect for several reasons. Firstly, we at Bal Arisi believe in sustainability and have brought the same philosophy we practice at home into our business. That said, our products are earth- (and bee) friendly. Secondly, we liken our company to the hard-working honey bee whose work behind the scenes, so-to-speak, is quite important to the environment we live in. We, like the honey bee work hard at being instrumental in making the environment you live in… at least your home environment a beautiful place to enjoy!

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