An abrupt end to Gold film series production Benim Hala Umudum Var – I still have hope

Recent news of an abrupt end to the Turkish TV romance drama Benim Hala Umudum Var also known as I still have hope lead me to write an article. As the Gold film production has announced the series will have its end at episode 33 and will not be continued thereafter due to a high decrease in TV viewership, other reasons may took a part as well for this final decision.

It would interest me why the production company has come to this decision. There are some reasons that come to my mind. One of them to mention is that the Turkish broadcasting channels have changed. The first launch was in July 2013 and the Turkish channel Star TV was broadcasting it, a few weeks later also the Saudi channel MBC for the middle east took the broadcasting rights and aired the series dubbed in Arabic. In its beginning the series was a huge success and was one of the top 10 series rated in the end of November 2013.

The child in me still likes the idea of fairy tales and happy endings, even though happiness has its curves and obstacles along the way, that are not always joyful, but it is on oneself to make the best out of each situation i guess but aside from my drifting away, who would actually not like to watch one remake of a Cinderella  story with a Turkish twist of romance and drama. I loved the series from the beginning, so much that I even turned on the live channel to watch each weeks episode with Arabic subtitle.

This years Christmas holidays brought a drastic change, the Turkish broadcasting channel Star TV canceled the show and FOX TV took over the airing with episode 26. The channel has changed but not the timing, at the beginning. Since not all Turkish households have access to Fox TV viewership decreased, afterwards the date of airing as well as the airing time changed, what was once on Monday on 22:30 was changed to Thursdays on 20;30. Viewership also decreased in the Arab world due to conflicting series showing at the same time, at this point it was a decrease due to favoritism towards another show airing I would assume that this was also the case for Turkish viewers.

Another reason might be that the story of the manuscript did not suit with some of the actors so they left the show in a rather shocking and sad way. It could also be that viewers were opposing the story of a triangle love story and put pressure or threats on the production company to change its story script.

Another plausible reason is that continuation of the series is not bringing any profit to the production company, taking all these reasons into consideration may account to the case of discontinuing the series long before its true finale end. At this point the claim that the series will have a second season does not have any point anymore.

With all this in mind I would wish that the series wouldn’t end just yet at episode 33, and still have a hope that even if there is no change towards the final  decision of the Gold film production company towards writing new episodes and prolonging the series, I hope that the series will have an ending that is emotionally powerful in whatever way it may be!

For more information about the series Benim Hala Umudum Var – I still have hope look at the video trailer or see the description for more.

Turkish Star TV: Benim Hala Umudum Var - I still have hope

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Beans with Meat

Beans with Meat

Yield: 5 servings

Rating : 4/5 stars

Source: 1000 Sample Dishes

Category: Main Course

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 1/2 hour

Ingredients:

½ kg dry beans (makes 6 cups of cooked beans)
1 kg meat cubes
4 cups water
2 kg red tomatoes
1 Bunch coriander
5 cloves garlic
½ cup olive oil
Teaspoon salt
Pinch of All ground Spice
Pinch of Cinnamon

Instructions:

– Wash the dirt off the beans  and soak in water for a full night and drain.

– Put the meat and the amount of water required in the pot on the fire and leave to boil.

–  Remove the fatty grease on the surface of the meat and leave the meat on the fire for half an hour.

–  Peel tomatoes and use its juice with the beans and add to meat.

–  Leave the mixture, tomatoes, beans and meat on fire for an hour or until cooked.

– Crush  garlic with salt.

– Wash  coriander and chop finely.

– Fry coriander with garlic in margarine until tender.

–  Add Coriander and spices to the beans, then leave for another 5 minutes on fire.

Notes:

Served hot with rice

الفاصوليا مع اللحم

العنوان: الفاصوليا مع اللحم

المحصول: 5 وجبة طعام

Cooking time: 1 hour

Preparation time: 15 minutes

المصدر: ألف باء الطبخ

المقادير

كيلو حبوب فاصوليا اليابسة, 6 أكواب من الفاصوليا المطبوخ ½
1 كيلو لحم الموزات
4 أكواب الماء
2 كيلو البندورة الحمراء
باقة كزبرة
5 فصوص ثوم
1/2 كوب زيت الزيتون
ملعقة ملح
رشة بهار
رشة قرفة

الطريقة

تنقى الفاصوليا من اﻷوساخ و تغسل ثم تنقع في الماء ليلة كاملة و تسلق و تصفى

يضع اللحم و كمية الماء المطلوبة في طنجرة على النار و يترك حتى يغلي.

يزال الزبد (الزفرة) عن سطح اللحم و يترك اللحم على النار مدة نصف ساعة.

تقشر البندورة و تعصربطاحونة الخضار و تضاف مع الفاصوليا إلى اللحم.

يترك خليط البندورة و الفاصوليا و اللحم على انار مدة ساعة أو حتى ينضج.

يدق الثوم مع الملح.

تفرم الكزبرة و تغسلو تصفى.

تقلى الكزبرة و الثوم في السمن حتى يذبل.

تضاف الزبرة و التوابل إلى الفاصوليا و تحرك ثم تترك على النار مدة 5 دقائق.

ملاحظات

تقدم ساخنة مع اﻷرز المفلفل

Arabic,English HTML script created using bidirectional algorithm

Are you struggling with the problem to write Arabic text in a web page correctly, you have looked for solutions on the web but nothing seemed to really help you out, then you might find that this is the place to find your answer. I have had the same problem. My goal was to embed Arabic written text into my English blog, and nothing seemed to work out. The problem that I faced was that my blog is written in the default direction, the left-to-right LTR direction, whereby Arabic script display is right-to-left RTL. The only way that I found to change it was to set up a RTL page within my HTML script and edit the page where I saw it necessary. I had some recipes written in Arabic and English, a great help was presented by Gourmet Recipe Manager (available for Linux and Windows) who let me organize them and export them into html files readily. A great help was that I didn’t need to set up a whole HTML page by myself, most of the layout was ready and I just needed to change a little for my needs to be a ready formatted Arabic HTML script.

There I was editing the HTML file to create an RTL page instead of an LTR page with the help of this website: http://www.w3.org/International/tutorials/bidi-xhtml/

It shows you how to set up a RTL page in your html file, and for me it was very helpful. In all I am happy with my results shown in my posts categorized in “International Kitchen” though with minimal display errors.

Tenderized Bell Pepper with Tomato

Tenderized Bell Pepper with Tomato

Yield: 5 servings

Rating: 5/5 stars

Source: 1000 Sample Dishes

Category: Appetizer

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

3 Green bell pepper
½ kg Tomato
3 Tbs Ground Coriander
1 tsp Salt
10 clove Garlic
Little olive oil
pinch Cayenne pepper

Instructions:

– Chop green pepper into small pieces after washing and add to olive oil over medium heat.
– Meanwhile, peel tomatoes and grate finely.
– Crush garlic with salt, coriander and cayenne pepper to a not so mashed well garlic mixture.
– After green peppers are tendered on fire, add the tomato pieces and stir until the tomatoes tender.
– Add garlic mixture to the tomatoes and stir for another 3 minutes.

Notes:

Served cold

(فلفل أخضر حلو مع البندورة (شكشوكة

العنوان: فلفل أخضر حلو مع البندورة – شكشوكة

المحصول: 5 وجبة طعام

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Preparation time: 10 minutes

الفئة: المقبلات

التقيم من حمس نجوم: 5/5

المصدر: ألف باء الطبخ

المقادير

   3  فلفل اﻷخضر الحلو
1/2 كيلو بندورة حمراء
3 ملاعق كزبرة اليابسة
1 ملعقة صغيرة ملح
10 فصوص ثوم
كمية قليلة من الزيت زيتون
رشة فلفل حريف

الطريقة

يفرم الفلفل اﻷخضر قطعا صغيرة بعد غسله ويلوح بالزيت على نار متوسطة.
– في هذه اﻷثناء تقشر البندورة و تفرم فرما ناعما.
– يدق الثوم مع الملح و الكزبرة شرط أن لايهرس جيدا.
– بعد أن يذبل الفلفل اﻷخضر على النار, تضاف إليه قطع البندورة ويحرك حتى تذبل البندورة.
– يضاف خليط الثوم والكزبرة إلى البندورة وتحرك مدة 3 دقائق.

ملاحظات

تقدم بادة.

Fried Mushroom in Olive Oil

Fried Mushroom in Olive Oil

Yield: 4 Servings

Category: Appetizer

Personal Rating: 2/5 stars

Source: 1000 Sample Dishes

Ingredients:

1½ cup of water
2 lobes of garlic
Juice of 2 lemon
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced parsley
4 cups drained canned mushrooms right
Small onion finely chopped
A pinch of salt

Instructions:

– Put the water, garlic, onions, lemon juice, olive oil and a pinch of salt in a pan on fire.
– Stir until boiling and then reduce the heat and leave the pan for 10 minutes on low fire.
– Add mushrooms and parsley to the mixture and leave on fire for another ten minutes.
– Drain the mushrooms and set aside on a plate. The liquid is placed in a pot and is to be boiled again until the quantity is about half a cup.
– Pour the liquid over the mushrooms.

Notes:

Place the dish in the refrigerator and serve cold.

فطر بالزيت

العنوان: فطر بالزيت

المحصول: 4 وجبة طعام

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

الفئة: المقبلات

التقيم من حمس نجوم: 2/5

المصدر: ألف باء الطبخ

المقادير

كوب ونصف كوب الماء
2 فصا ثوم
2 عصير ليمون حامض
4 ملاعق زيت زيتون
1 ملعقة بقدونس مفروم
4 أكواب فطر الصحيح المصفى المعلب
 بصلة صغيرة مفرومة فرما ناعما
رشة ملح

الطريقة

الطريقة:

– يوضع الماء , و الثوم , و البصل , و عصير اليمون و زيت الزيتون و قليل من الملح في مقلاة على النار.
– يحرك المزيج حتى يغلي و عندها تخفف النار و تترك المقالاة مدة 10 دقائق على النار الخفيفة.
– يضاف الفطر و البقدونس إلى الخليط و يترك على النار الخفيفة مدة عشرة دفائق أخرى.
– يصفى الفطر ويوضع جانبا في طبق. ويوضع السائل في وعاء ويغلى مرة أخرى حتى تصبح كميته حوالى نصف كوب.                                                                                                                                                           – يصب السائل أو المرق فوق الفطر

ملاحظات

– يوضع الطبق في الثلاجة ويقدم باردا.

Mastering language and cooking

The art of cooking needs patience and determination. So does learning a new language. In the beginning you just know some words, compared to moving around with kitchen tools wisely. Then you will know how to formulate sentences as well as how to use those tools on food. Afterwards you get the big picture of a story and understand its meaning, as well as finishing your first dish. With more experience in the language you might be able to create new stories for everybody to read as well as come up with new savory dishes of your own imagination.

This is where I am, a beginner to the Arabic language and an amateur cook, not very fluent in the written Arabic word and with not much reading experience as well with not much kitchen techniques . So as a good starting point for me is to read a cookbook written in Arabic about 1000 sample dishes, try the dishes out, print them both in Arabic and English and in the long run to be able to reach the goal of typing Arabic as fast as I do type in English and be able to read fluently as well as expand my language know-how and my cooking expertise.

Let’s start cooking…