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How To Cook Turkish Borek The Easy Way

Turkish borek is a food you might be familiar with since there’s a version of it in most cultures. Dough with tasty things stuffed inside then cooked until the exterior is crispy and the insides soft. Creating borek is traditionally a time consuming task but switching from an oven to a stove top, you can prepare the dish within 15 minutes.

Once you’re ready, it’s only about an hour to cook this vegetarian Turkish dish. You can watch the entire process in this video (with my mom!) or read on.

What You’ll Need

There are some key ingredients like the phyllo dough, olive oil, and eggs (or egg substitute to make it a vegan Turkish recipe).  In this recipe we’re using a classic spinach, onion, and tomato filling but you can get creative! Just keep the basic preparation steps in place and in proportion.

How To Cook Turkish Borek The Easy Way

  • 1 package 3-layer phyllo dough
  • 7 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons black cumin seeds
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 large bag of spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 cups water

Preparing The Filling

Start by chopping your onion, spinach, and tomatoes into bite-size pieces (i.e. not too fine). Pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a pot, toss your chopped spinach, tomatoes, and onion in, and set it to a low to medium heat until it simmers. While that’s cooking, in a separate bowl crack an egg, pour 2 cups of water, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Whisk until it’s thoroughly mixed and let it sit while you move on to the next step.

Getting The Dough Ready

Using a tablespoon of olive oil, coat the bottom of a large pan. Take a tablespoon of cumin seeds and sprinkle them across the bottom. Then take your phyllo dough and cover the bottom in a layer or two. It doesn’t have to be uniform, which saves you a lot of time, just make sure the bottom layer especially isn’t too thin.

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After the first layer of dough, pour some of the egg mixture and add your (now lightly cooked) filling. Then start tearing more dough and put it on time. Then, another layer of egg mix and filling, then dough.

Cooking The Borek

The final step is to pour the remaining mixture on top of the entire borek; this helps keep the dough soft while it’s cooking. Once that’s done, sprinkle another tablespoon of cumin seeds on top. Now, you can place the borek on the stove at medium heat. Cook until it’s lightly brown (approximately 30 minutes) on the bottom, then flip it over. Once both sides are light brown, it’s time to let the borek cool to room temperature and eat!

To add to this meal you can make mercimek koftesi (spicy lentil balls) or some of these lesser known classic Turkish foods. Afiyet olsun!

What Is Harry Potter Shifting?

This post is part of Geek Takeover Week 2021.

Have you ever wished you could visit one of the fantasy worlds you’ve read about or seen in a movie? Well, shifters believe they can do just that and transport their subconsciousness to Hogwarts, specifically. There’s a pretty active community on TikTok #shiftingrealities where shifters explain how you can shift, what the experience is like, and what happens if you die in Hogwarts.

It all sounds a lot like lucid dreaming where you can control your dreams through various techniques to train your mind to recognize that hey, you’re in a dream and take over. Lucid dreams can often fly like Superman or transport anywhere in the world or perhaps, even to Hogwarts.

On a recent Geek Takeover Week episode of the foXoMad Podcast I and two Harry Potter experts shifted into reacting to shifter TikToks. You can watch a clip in the video above or listen to the full episode below. Evanesco!

4 Great Sci-Fi And Space Documentaries To Binge On Your Next Flight

This post is part of Geek Takeover Week 2021.

4 Great Sci-Fi And Space Documentaries To Binge On Your Next Flight

The truth is out there… there really isn’t a lot of great science or sci-fi adjacent content on most inflight entertainment systems. Fortunately, the Internet gives us access to all there is to see out there including some of these excellent science and sci-fi crossover documentaries you can download before your next flight.

1. The Phenomenon

There are plenty of UFO documentaries and programs out there but most come light on facts and heavy on cheesy animations. The Phenomenon though only focuses on events where there is tangible evidence and is very compelling. It’s hard to dismiss the interviews with former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Christopher Mellon. The Phenomenon will have you looking out your airplane window just a little more closely.

2. Woman in Motion

We all know Nichelle Nichols as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura on the bridge of the Enterprise but you might not know what an impact the actor had on our real-life space program. Both inspirational and educational Woman in Motion embodies the best of the possible future Star Trek envisioned.

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3. Never Surrender

Playwright and screenwriter David Mamet has said there are only 4 perfect films and Galaxy Quest is one of them. The Galaxy Quest documentary Never Surrender though is almost as good. Never Surrender looks behind the scenes of filming and looks back on the impact of Galaxy Quest 20 years after its release.

4. What We Left Behind

Armin Shimerman who played Quark on Deep Space Nine knew audiences would come to appreciate the show but right about now. DS9 wasn’t the most beloved Trek when it was on the air but streaming has certainly brought many to realize how good it really is. What We Left Behind is a serious, funny, and honest look back with engaging cast interviews.

A few other honorable mentions to add for Trekkies are Chaos on the Bridge and The Captains but besides those, there is a lot to explore behind the sets of our favorite fandoms.

Geek Takeover Week 2021 Has Landed…

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You know the drill, it’s time for Geek Takeover Week! That time of year when you’re traveling and I, with some special guests, take over foXnoMad to post some of the nerdiest things we like to geek out about. Enjoy this annual tradition here on the site with posts from all over the universes all this week.

We’ll return to our regularly schedule travel and tech posts when the site return from hiatus in September. Never give up, never surrender!

App Shows You How Much To Tip After Your Next Meal Around The World

App Shows You How Much To Tip After Your Next Meal Around The World

Tipping is something that can feel really foreign when you’re traveling and don’t know how much to leave after a meal, taxi ride, or haircut. Solving such dining dilemmas is TipFox by dropping down a notification to show you exactly how much to tip for everything around the world. The latest version of the app I developed, TipFox Premium adds a host of features in addition to (still) working offline and 24 hour responses to your specific money questions.

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Tour Guides, Safaris, And More

Included in TipFox are best practices on tipping for travelers, beyond just meals. Open the app to see whether tipping is customary, if you should round up, or where tips aren’t expected but appreciated. Specific activities like how much to give your safari guide in Kenya, a hairdresser in Turkey, or on a tuktuk ride in Thailand is shown in the details of each location.

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Notifications And Live Support

The latest version of TipFox Premium levels up with a few useful features. First, automatic notifications based on your location with all the tipping information you need on the spot. Additionally, you can subscribe for updates for a particular country or city when you’re planning for a trip. On top of that if you have any specific questions you can ask one of our local experts through TipFox and ask what’s an acceptable way to tip your home stay in say, northern Japan.

You can also subscribe to any comment threads to connect with your fellow travelers and get advice from locals, all within 24 hours.

Try It Free For 30 Days

TipFox is now available available on the App Store and Google Play (the most recent updates are currently in development for Android). You can upgrade to TipFox Premium within the app, which unlocks all of the features described above and try it free for one month!

Hopefully TipFox helps you travel smarter, by being a more courteous traveler who knows how much and how to, most politely tip the people who help make our trips possible.

NxTSTOP Makes Travel Pants You Actually Want To Wear

This post is sponsored by NxTSTOP. [What is this?]

NxTSTOP Makes Travel Pants You Actually Want To Wear

Design and function don’t always meet elegantly in travel apparel, often leading to compromises on one end of the spectrum or the other. You don’t want to look like a dork when traveling, or if you choose to, end up hiding your travel clothes in a closet when you get home. NxTSTOP has developed a travel apparel line with fashion in mind, without giving up on making a durable, useful, travel product.

The Look

Right out of the box, NxTSTOP ships its clothes in compostable packaging, part of their broader sustainability efforts to use recycled, organic, and biodegradable materials. When you put them on, NxTSTOP’s Airway Travel Pant is sleek down the leg, thanks to a wrinkle resistant blend of 90% recycled nylon and 10% spandex with a bio-based finish that is also antimicrobial and sustainable. That combination of fabrics gives you durability with flexibility, not to mention moisture resistant quick drying pants. The right amount of stretch makes them especially comfortable when walking, with enough structure that they stay straight and always look perfectly ironed. Having the balanced amount of elasticity accentuates their slim look for a variety of body types.

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NxTSTOP applied a finish to the fabric called HyProtecht a Swiss antimicrobial technology that protects the fabric against contamination by germs. The finish was developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it works across a variety of microbes, including odor causing bacteria. (Microbes just love making a stink out of your sweat.)

Integrating Function

As part of NxTSTOP’s TravleisureⓇ design the exterior four pockets (one on each side, and two on the back) all have discrete zippers for pick-pocketing protection but can also be left open when you just need to warm your hands or look coy. Using black on black coloring with thin zipper lines means they don’t distract or takeaway from the overall aesthetic. The same goes for the NxTSTOP airplane logo on the thigh and branding by the ankle.

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Subtle design choices continue to work their way into the inseam, where NxTSTOP has put a drawstring on the interior for quick adjustments, in addition to the more traditionally positioned belt loops.

Caring for the Airway Travel Pant is also straightforward – good when you’re on the road and need ubiquitous laundry options. Cold water wash with a tumble or air dry and the Airway Travel Pant is back to new, satisfyingly without wrinkles.

How They Feel

The Airway Travel Pant has a light feel when worn, helping to maintain a good temperature balance in both cold and warm weather. Comfortable and smooth, the Airway Travel Pant can be worn on a hike, day of sightseeing, or when you need a more formal look. Versatility in your clothing comes in handy when traveling since you can carry less clothes, if the clothes you have can be used for a variety of occasions.

Fortunately, NxTSTOP has an entire apparel line that can help with your travel planning. Their tops, like the Transit Bamboo Silver Ion Long-Sleeve Tee are also moisture wicking, odor resistant, light, and breathe well for planes, plains, or plain old home. You’ll find throughout the ethos of NxTSTOP is comfortable, functional minimalistic apparel made sustainably.

Take their Ultrasoft Compression Travel Socks, which are also temperature regulating, help promote circulation on long flights, and can be found in black, grey, or blue depending on your tastes. The use of nylon, mixed with polyester and spandex give a comfortable stretch while remaining light is a feel NxTSTOP have integrated across their apparel line.

A lot of travel clothing tends to focus on standing out in functionality without considering who’s going to actually wear the clothes they’re making. NxTSTOP has designed clothes that can travel but aren’t limited to far away places.

About Anil Polat

foxnomad aboutHi, I'm Anil. foXnoMad is where I combine travel and tech to help you travel smarter. I'm on a journey to every country in the world and you're invited to join the adventure! Read More

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