I started to really love this co-cooking/baking part of this blog.. I get to taste extremely delicious food! For instance, today I had a lunch of a muddy, sticky chocolate cake with a hint of coffee taste. I had a sugar rush yes, but who cares? And you know what was the best part of it? I was in a great company, of my friend Malin Bäckman.
I like fruits when they are still partially green, unripe. I want them to be really hard and not so juicy. My mother, who is in love with all the juicy and messy fruits, always told me that I was a bit “weird” in that sense.. Well, maybe I am.
It was around 2002-2003. My friend Reyhan and I would go out every Friday, we would go to a bar in Taksim / Istanbul (mostly Akdeniz or Gizli Bahce) to drink and to dance, with some other girl friends. Every Friday was a girls’ night out. Gee, I was young.
You probably know, from my previous fig related recipes, that I am not the biggest fan of figs. And yet, they are so great to use as ingredients that this late summer/beginning of autumn I used them quite a lot in many recipes, from salads to cakes.
Did you know that if you mix tahini and molasses, you get a fluid and deadly sweet & gorgeous dessert? You can just dip your bread in it and bamm! You would probably get less sweet if you actually inject sugar in your veins… And my mother used to just spoon this whole thing, without making the sweet taste even a bit milder with the help of bread.. I’m hoping she stopped doing that (since she is 72 years old with a weight problem…). Ok but that was not the thing I was going to talk about!
A friend of mine sent me a text message two weeks ago: Hi dear, one of my students (she gives private Turkish courses) discovered your blog and baked “simit”. She said that she loved the blog and that the recipes were so easy to understand. I told her that I would tell you immediately, to make you happy. And yes, I WAS happy!
A nice and cozy day in my dear kitchen is like this: I bake something that smells and looks delicious, making the whole apartment warm and tasty, whereas my flatmate is on her sewing machine, creating a dress, a bag or getting ready for her next workshop (makeable4u.wordpress.com).
This autumn is definitely the one that I got to learn so many new uses of pumpkin. I somehow cannot remember much, but I guess the only thing I knew about it before was the traditional Turkish pumpkin dessert, that’s all (by the way, it is one of my favourite desserts in the whole world!).