The Sound Kitchen

Turkey and Pope Francis do not see eye-to-eye

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about Turkey’s ambassador to the Vatican. There’s news from RFI Listener Clubs, your letters from The Sound Kitchen mailbag, some great music, and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and join in!

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday, at our new times: 6:15, 6:45, 14:45 and 16:45 universal time. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and tune in every Saturday.

This week’s quiz: On 18 April, Rosslyn Hyams asked you a question about Turkey and the Vatican. That week, Turkey re-called its ambassador from the Vatican, and Rosslyn asked you to send in the name of the ambassador, and the reason Ankara recalled him.

The answer is: Mehmet Pacaci is the name of Turkey’s ambassador to the Vatican. His government recalled him after Pope Francis used the word “genocide” to describe the mass murder of Armenians 100 years ago. Turkey said the term “genocide” does not reflect historical and judicial reality, and that it is inappropriate and one-sided.

The winners this week are:  P Vasu Pradeep, from Kerala State in India; Mrs Mariya Begum, a member of the Lecturer's Radio Listeners Club & Library in Rajshahi, Bangladesh; Per-Allan Olsson, from Uddevalla, Sweden – who also sent in a recipe – see below, it looks delicious ! Finally, two RFI Listeners Club members: Abdulai Saiku Bah, a Sierra Leonean who lives in Durban, South Africa, and Mr Sunil Dhungana, from Kathmandu, Nepal … who has just written to The Sound Kitchen to let us know he is OK, thank goodness! We are all still waiting to hear from Resha Prakash, another regular Sound Kitchen contributor from Kathmandu. Resha: we are all thinking of you, do write us as soon as you can!

Congratulations, winners!

This week’s question... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 22 June to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 27 June program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer … and, if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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Susan Owensby
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Dial your country’s international access code, or “ +”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Per-Allan Olsson, from Uddevalla, Sweden – one of this week’s winners – was inspired by the program on 18 April, when Rosslyn Hyams had our colleague Fabien Jannic-Cherbonnel on the program. Fabien described his magical trip to Sweden. Per-Allan Olsson wrote: “And since the topic that day was ‘The Beauty of Sweden’, a bonus: a recipe for Swedish ‘Egg-Cheese’, considered a delicacy in some parts of Sweden.

2 liters of regular milk
3 decilitres of cream
6 decilitres of sour cream
10 hen eggs
4 tablespoons of sugar

Mix eggs and sour cream in a big pot. Add all milk and cream. Stir and heat carefully until the mix starts to separate. Turn off the heat and remove the pot from the stove, and let it cool for 10-15 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the "cheese" and place it in a fine strainer, placed in another pot. Add the sugar twice, once when the strainer is half-full, and once when it's full. Place the "egg-cheese", still in the strainer-in-a-pot, in a cool place overnight. The next day, place a big plate over the strainer and turn it upside-down. Serve with blackberry jam, or as the real connoisseurs like it, with a bit of salted herring ! Yum !”

YUM indeed ! Thanks, Per-Allan Olsson !



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