I admit it; I’m a cake lover. Luckily, I’m not a pâtissière, because I would eat a whole cake everyday! But not those made out of “mousse”. I’m quite traditional when it comes to the cakes. At this point, I don’t even care if there is any frosting or cream on it, I just love […]
What is a “börek”? Everybody asks me this question whenever we have it on the menu. So I decided to write about it and make a recipe. I know that will make my husband happy too. I think Turkish men are made out of dough. They love everything made with flour; they eat bread, a […]
Who doesn’t love pomegranate? The juicy, tangy, sweet seeds are addictive. It can be challenging to open and to seed them if you’re not familiar with the technique, but the result is definitely worth the effort.
I don’t even remember how and when I learned to open pomegranates. My parents have mandarin orange orchards. There are also pomegranate and quince trees around them. My father brings home a big bag of pomegranates every few days. Since I’ve been helping to people around me opening them during my childhood, one day, I started doing it by myself! Practice, practice, practice ;)
Legumes are a staple in Turkish cuisine; lentils, chickpeas, all kind of dried beans are on everyday menus for home cooks to feed their families well even with a tight budget. They are a significant source of protein, fiber and more, and they are delicious! Legumes are quite versatile to cook to make salads, soups, ragouts or even purees… Today, I chose lentils, especially the red ones since they are very fast to cook.
I’m nostalgic lately, dreaming about summer picnics at the beach from my childhood. The beaches were not called beach clubs yet! They were all virgin with clean sand, no restaurants, bars or coffee houses, not even long chairs. There were long tables on the sand with clean white tablecloths and wood chairs under cedar trees offering much needed shade and breeze. It was like an untouched private beach!