Meeting in Istanbul – Students’ report

The meeting in Istanbul took place between the 16th and 22 October 2022. There we could get to know the Turkish culture and make new friends under the motto “Happier Youth in a Healthier EU”.

On October 16, the trip started with the flight to Istanbul. By the evening, each of us could meet our host family at dinner.
On the first morning in Turkey we met all the participants of the Erasmus program from France, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands and were warmly welcomed by the Turkish school. In the early afternoon, we all watched the movie “The Cure” together in English.

Tuesday started with a relaxing boat tour. From the water we could discover many sights. Since the boat was chartered for our whole group, we played music on the deck and got to know Turkish dances. Later we visited a typical Turkish Spice Bazaar.

The third day consisted of many cultural sights such as Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia, Cister Basilica and the Grand Bazaar. At the Grand Bazaar we could taste and buy typical Turkish specialties.

We started Thursday at the Eyüp-Pierre Loti, a viewing platform over the Bosphorus. As the day progressed, we got to see the Galata Tower and Dolamabahce Palace.

We spent our last full day with our host families, saying goodbye to everyone with a big party at the school in the evening. Before that, we worked some more on our project, collecting ideas on what is important in friends and friendship. We used these results to work together and create a chain of friendship.

On Saturday morning, it was time to say goodbye to our host families. This was not so easy, many tears were shed – but also reciprocal invitations were extended, so that we might be able to visit each other again privately in the future.
On our return flight, we realized what a wonderful time we had, with all the Turkish traditions and how many beautiful friendships we had made.

Ensalada de garbanzos – Chickpeas Salad

Ensalada de garbanzos – Chickpeas Salad

Recipe by ESDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ onion

  • 1 red pepper

  • 1 green pepper

  • 400 g boiled chickpeas

  • 250 g cherry tomatoes

  • vinaigrette
  • olive oil

  • balsamic vinegar

  • salt

Directions

  • Clean all the vegetables and the chickpeas
  • Cut the vegetables into small pieces
  • Put it all together in a bowl
  • Dress it with a pinch of salt, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil to your own taste.

Green Salad

Many scientists assure us that eating green and healthy reduces your risk of obesity, and some diseases such as diabetes, cardiopatía, osteoporosis, etc.

Also, maintaining a healthy diet does not only reduce the risk of some diseases but also:

•             it makes you strong

•             it protects your immune system

•             it reduces stress

•             it has many different vitamins and minerals

•             it protects your heart

In conclusion, I would recommend that all aged people start eating healthier, as a physical and psychological improvement will be seen over time.

Green Salad

Recipe by ESDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes

Ingredients

  • A little bunch of green lettuce

  • 10 blueberries

  • Grated cheese

  • Oil

  • Modena Cream (a type of vinegar)

  • Viandox soyce (flavouring sauce)

Directions

  • Wash the lettuce that we are going to use, and cut it into not very large pieces
  • Once the lettuce is washed and cut into pieces, add some grated cheese all over the lettuce
  • Afterwards, wash the blueberries, and add some fresh ones to the salad.
  • Finally, pour some oil, salt, modena cream and Viandox sauce.
  • If you wish, you can also add some “Picatostes” (roasted bread / croutons / crunchy nuts), tomatoes or even avocado

Merluza asada con gratinado vegano –
Hake fish roast with vegan gratin

Fish is healthy because fish is filled with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins such as D and B2. Hake fish in particular is rich in calcium and phosphorus and a great source of minerals.

Fish – as part of a balanced – can lower blood pressure and help reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Of course, this recipe can be done without the fish and just the gratin and the vegetables would be just as tasty.

The gratin is healthy because it is made from vegetables like celery, leeks, carrots and paprika which are all very good sources of dietary fiber, a type of carbohydrate that helps pass food through your digestive system.

Although it is true that the potatoes are the least healthy ingredient in this recipe, we reduce their starch content in step 2 in order to make them healthier. It is recommended to eat from 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day to maintain a healthy diet.

Merluza asada con gratinado vegano –
Hake fish roast with vegan gratin

Recipe by ES
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 

Ingredients

  • ½ hake fish

  • 2 celery

  • 2 leeks

  • 2 potatoes

  • 3 carrots

  • 1 paprika

  • 1 lemon

  • 3 eggs

  • 250 mL whole milk

  • 120 g flour

  • olive oil

  • seasoning

  • salt

Directions

  • Prepare the hake fish by rubbing it in olive oil and seasoning it with rosemary. Place the fish in the oven and set to cook at 200°C for 30 min.
  • As for the gratin, start by grating the potatoes and soak them in water to reduce the starch content
  • Dice the celery, paprika and leeks, and grate the carrots. Add all the vegetables to a large mold
  • Prepare the base for the gratin by mixing the flour, eggs and milk in a large cup. Add salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and pour evenly into the mold. Mix again
  • Place the vegetables mold into the oven at 200ºC for 20 min.

Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a drink that is very low in calories and very nutritious at the same time. In addition to making you feel full easily, it is rich in fibre and helps you improve intestinal transit and eliminate toxins. It also has fresh ingredients that are good for your health.

Gazpacho

Recipe by ESDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 

10

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kilo of ripe tomato

  • 1/2 green bell pepper

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1/2 cucumber

  • 1 dl of olive oil

  • 4 tablespoons of wine vinegar

  • 1 slice of white bread

  • fine salt

  • cucumber

  • onion

  • egg

Directions

  • Blanch and peel the tomatoes and place in the blender jar.
  • Add the peeled and chopped cucumber, the pepper, the garlic, and the bread soaked in water.
  • Blend for a few seconds and add the salt, vinegar, and oil (testing to rectify if necessary.)
  • Pass through a strainer into a tureen and let cool for an hour.
  • Serve the gazpacho in individual cups.
  • Garnish with diced bread, cucumber, onion, tomato, and hard-boiled egg (to preference).

Banana Smoothie

This is healthy because … this recipe includes fruits and lactose, which is crucial for our daily lives. It is really important to have a balanced diet and start off the day with energy and freshness.

Banana Smoothie

Recipe by ES
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 banana

  • 250 ml vegetable milk (almond, oatmeal…)

  • 125g natural yoghourt 

  • 2 ice cubes (optional)

  • Chia seeds (optional)

  • Cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  • Prepare all the ingredients and a blender.
  • Peel and cut the banana.
  • Pour the banana, the vegetable milk, the yoghurt, and the chia seeds into the blender.
  • Mix all the ingredients until you have arrived at a homogeneous mixture (there is the option to stop mixing whenever you want if you prefer the smoothie with a different texture).
  • Finally, add the cinnamon to your taste and the ice cubes if you want to drink it colder.

Fajitas

Fajitas are a balanced dish with vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates. Each ingredient offers a different and necessary vitamin to have a healthy and energetic life ready to face the day.

Fajitas

Recipe by SP
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1,200 kg chicken in strips

  • 2 green peppers

  • 3 carrots

  • 1 large onion

  • 1 glass of white wine

  • Black pepper and salt

  • 1 bag of fajita seasoning

  • Oil

  • Fajitas

Directions

  • First, peel and cut the onion into strips. Then fry the onion in a large pan with oil until it turns golden brown.
  • Once it is cooked, add the carrot (previously cut into thin slices) and wait 5 minutes.
  • Then, in the same frying pan as the onion and carrot, cook the two green peppers, also cut into strips.
  • Continue adding the chicken, the seasoning and the glass of white wine to the vegetables. Mix over low heat until everything is cooked.
  • To finish with the filling, season with black pepper and salt generously. Mix a couple more minutes and turn off the heat, leaving the pan covered.
  • To serve, heat the fajitas in the pan over low heat. Fill each of them with the chicken stew and enjoy!

Galletas de avena y plátano – Oatmeal banana cookies

This recipe is usually cooked with unhealthy ingredients, but here this is not the case! All the ingredients that are used are healthy, so this is what makes the recipe special. This pancake recipe is the proof for those who say that healthy food isn’t good. I think all of you should try this at home since it is an easy and quick recipe that you will love.

Galletas de avena y plátano – Oatmeal banana cookies

Recipe by ESCourse: Dessert
Servings

25

cookies
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 soup spoons of oatmeal

  • 3 bananas

  • cinnamon (as much as you like)

  • dark chocolate (optional)

Directions

  • Peel the bananas in a bowl and crush them with a fork.
  • Add the oatmeal to the crushed bananas.
  • Mix both of the ingredients together.
  • Add cinnamon to the mix.
  • OPTIONAL:
    ○        Take a few pieces of dark chocolate (as you wish) and cut them into small pieces.
    ○        Add them to the mix.
  • Heat the oven to 200º
  • Place small portions of the mix into the baking tray all separate from each other.
  • Put the baking tray inside the oven and let it bake for 20 minutes.
  • Take out the cookies and enjoy!

Pancakes saludables – Healthy Pancakes

This recipe is usually cooked with unhealthy ingredients, but here this is not the case! All the ingredients that are used are healthy, so this is what makes the recipe special. This pancake recipe is the proof for those who say that healthy food isn’t good. I think all of you should try this at home since it is an easy and quick recipe that you will love.

Pancakes saludables – Healthy Pancakes

Recipe by ESCourse: Breakfast, Dessert
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes

Ingredients

  • 35 g oatmeal

  • 1 banana

  • 1 yogurt

  • 1 egg

  • 100 ml of milk/vegetable drink

  • 1 teaspoon of yeast

Directions

  • Get a big bowl and put the oatmeal, the peeled banana, the yogurt, the egg, the milk, and the yeast.
  • Second, mix all the ingredients until the mixture is liquid (the fewer lumps possible).
  • Heat the pan (better use a non-stick pan).
  • Grease the pan with oil or coconut.
  • Pour some dough into the pan and wait for small bubbles or holes to form.
  • When these bubbles appear, turn the pancake over with help of a spatula.
  • And ready to eat!

Chewy chocolate chip cookies

Chewy chocolate chip cookies

Recipe by ESCourse: Dessert
Servings

25

cookies
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes

Ingredients

  • 75 g white sugar

  • 150 g brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 115 g unsalted melted butter

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 150 g all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 150 g chocolate chips or chunks

Directions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, salt, and butter until a paste forms with no lumps.
  • Whisk in the egg and vanilla, beating until light ribbons fall off the whisk and remain for a short while before falling back into the mixture.
  • Sift in the flour and baking soda, then fold the mixture with a spatula. (Be careful not to overmix, which would cause the gluten in the flour to toughen resulting in cakier cookies).
  • Fold in the chocolate chunks, then chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. For a more intense toffee-like flavour and deeper colour, chill the dough overnight. The longer the dough rests, the more complex its flavour will be.
  • Preheat the oven to 180° C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Scoop the dough with an ice-cream scoop onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving at least 10 cm of space between cookies and 5 cm of space from the edges of the pan so that the cookies can spread evenly.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges have started to barely brown.
  • Cool completely before serving.
  • Enjoy!