Monday, April 07, 2008

...Sheki halva...

My today' post is about Sheki Halva. Halva is a sweet prepared from nuts, walnuts, butter, sugar and spices and other food stuff that I don't know. Halva is something that Sheki is very famous for. If anyone goes to Sheki he makes sure to bring at least a box of halva back with him. Halva goes very well with tea and is something that Sheki people are very proud of.
Now on pictures:
1. On the first picture you see big tray with halva. This kind of tray with halva is prepared for occasions (for example for engagement parties and weddings). You can see on the picture red rhomb patterns on halva. This is usually the only pattern used and it is done by using saffron.
2. On the second picture you see the sign board of halva pastry shop that belongs to the man with the name Mahmud and I think his sons now.
3. On the third picture you see the woman who is working in Mahmud's pastry shop and is one of the people who is preparing halva.
Unfortunately I am not able to pass you the taste of halva by this post but you will have to trust me on this one :)
Have a good week!
P.S. Lately someone is leaving comments saying "please see here" in the comments to my blog. Do not press on that comment or on the links to it as it is virus :( I keep deleting these comments and I hope hackers will leave alone my blog soon...

Thursday, April 03, 2008

...Everyone knows him in Sheki...

Today I am posting a photo that may seem very strange to you...

This is the photo of one old man in Sheki who makes living by displaying the stuffed wolf that he carries around with him.

Since I remember myself I recall seeing him around...the fact is that I think everyone knows him in Sheki and has seen his animal already but in order to support the living of this old man everyone continues to give him some money...

Scenario is such that usually he brings his stuffed animal covered with a fabric (that you can also see on the picture next to him) to places where people have picnics and people give him money so that he opens up the material and shows the animal; or he firstly shows the animal and then gets the money, I am not sure about the sequence...Then everybody gasps or sighs and the event is over :))

The truth is that most people give out the money not because they want to see the stuffed animal but to support the man. I hope he will live long and people will have hearts kind enough and pockets full enough to support him and his creative "enterprise"... :)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

...Spring is in the air in Sheki...II

No annotation again :)


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

...Spring is in the air in Sheki...

Spring does not need any annotations...