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.
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!
I like stuffed veggies. This one, stuffed tomato (well yes, technically tomato is a fruit but it is a culinary vegetable, so..), was something I never tasted or at least didn’t remember tasting. Though, I remember my mother used to cook these alongside stuffed peppers. I guess I always preferred the peppers.
Jeee, I’m so so so happy with this recipe! Because it is delicious and it is interesting! (Well, for me at least…)
I admit. I haven’t felt inspired to write for a while. I’ve been baking & cooking as usual, so it’s not about food. But I just felt like doing other things, like reading – I purchased many books lately about food justice, feminism and seed sovereignty. So I’ve been reading them. And I also went to a 2-weeks holiday in Istanbul during new year so yes, excuses excuses, but this blog post was long overdue..
Ok, this is it. I finally know what my favourite vegetable in the world is: celeriac. Yes, I decided that last week. Because I love everything about it (and I am probably also feeling a bit sad that it is not well known or much loved vegetable). But do not listen to any of those people, my dear celeriac, you are the BEST!
This is one of my all time favourite dishes. It is also one of the easiest dishes to make with very cheap and easy to find ingredients. One of the most traditional dishes in Turkish cuisine, my version is cooked without meat, while many others cook it with beef or lamb. Its best companion is rice pilaf and you can find the recipe for that here.
Last week I had my close friends from school for dinner. It was very refreshing to cook for friends in between all the catering gigs! I made a nice little menu from baba ganoush to stuffed peppers, but I also wanted to try something new. And as the absolute lover of phyllo dough, of course I baked something with it instead of many other options!
I was in desperate need of some comfort food today. I was craving for carbs. I woke up in a bit of a down mood because of a dream last night. So tell me, what is better than pasta when you are craving for carbs?