This one comes from a professional. My dear cook friend, Aylin.
Ever since I started my co-cooking sessions, I also started to seriously enjoy Iranian cuisine thanks to my dear Iranian friends. These Iranian friends I’ve met here – they are fun, easy to communicate with and great dinner companies – and they do enjoy food! But also as a Turkish, Iranian cuisine has a familiar taste for me and I see now that it is incredibly rich.
Ask me the question: do you have a friend who smiles all the time, who is hard-working and always but positive? I DO, I DO, I DO! Anja!
I was sitting in a cafe in Kluuvi a few months ago, on a weekday afterwork, waiting for a friend. As I was looking around to see her, a joyful, smiling girl caught my eye, she was passing by the cafe, and I immediately recognised her: Jemima! She came to my table, quickly gave me a hug saying hello to me, the “chef”, continued with “keep up the good work” and then left. I had a huge smile on my face after this quick and happy encounter.
On a very hot summer day (yes, it DID get really hot for a few days last summer…) I met Ozlem. We were a bunch of Turkish people sitting in Kaisaniemi park on a sort of spontaneous picnic. We talked a bit that day and that was it. A few months later, I would get to know her better and see what a lovely person she is to talk to!
Define spicy in 3 words: Gambas Pil Pil. It’s been 2 months since Panu cooked this deep fried prawns for me, and I can still feel how hot it was as I am writing this post..
I know this man for about 4 years in theory and for roughly 2 years in practice. And nowadays I learn something new about him all the time, which surprises me usually (in a good way). For instance, when I asked him if he would want to make a co-cooking session with me, I was surprised that he came up with Spanish cuisine – and not one, not two, but three recipes!! Apparently, he is very much into Spanish cuisine – and Spanish language.
It-was-a-horrible Sunday morning. The day before, I had to stay in the same place the whole evening with one person I did not want to see, then I came home at around 1 am, and cried my eyes out until 5 am. I guess you can imagine how awful I was feeling in the morning, when I woke up at 9 after 4 hours sleep.
Soon after I started the Facebook page of the blog, a Turkish girl liked the page: Erin Turkoglu. As I do with any other “liker” that I do not personally know, I checker her Facebook profile. To my surprise, she was living in Helsinki. Oh wow, she was even a student in Aalto ARTS! How come didn’t I see her?
– What do you like most about Finland? – My husband…