Yes, this recipe is a combination of what I love most (or a lot..): tomato, cheese, phyllo dough and to top it all, fresh basil!
I remember, about 6 years ago, I was working and doing my master’s studies at the same time and one evening I was particularly tired – body and brain. So I set out to make a quick potato omelette for dinner and then go to bed early, but I ended up making an omelette without eggs – because I had simply forgotten to put the eggs!!! Well, this recipe is an omelette without eggs made deliberately so, and it still has the taste of eggs. Let’s get into it.
It’s been raining almost all day long in Helsinki today. When I say rain, think of a huge bulk of water pouring down from the sky. Seriously, there were no drops, there was one MASSIVE drop I believe. So of course, this horrible weather immediately prompted me to make soup. Because soup saves life.
Well yes, I pitted all these 650 grams of black olives by hand. It was a rather meditative activ… naaaah, it wasn’t, it was a boring activity which took away 45 minutes of my life. Not bad for the delicious result though.
When I was a kid and living in Bakirkoy, Istanbul, we used to go to a kebab place called “Istanbul Kebapcisi” every once in a while as a family for a weekend lunch. It was a bit dark (because of heavy use of wood), meat-ful of place and even though I liked the food, I always secretly wished we went to a fancier place. The food was quite good though, at least as far as I can remember. Any kebab we ordered, red meat or chicken, was always served with bulgur pilaf.
So, I confess: I am not the biggest fan of peas. I only like them when they are mixed with so many things that you can’t recognise the taste much, heh. So this spread is a good one because especially the fresh mint very much suppresses the taste of peas.
I think I can confidently say that I grew up with green beans. Not this one, I mean French bean “haricot vert”, but a bit different green bean commonly found in Turkey. I used that easy peasy recipe that I know by heart for French beans this time.
Well, the sunshine is slowly fading these days. It’s still relatively warm, and not extremely hot like just about 10 days earlier. So, we may start to have a bit of hearty soup. But to keep the spirits high, we can make it sunshine yellow!