If you’ve ever seen at least one episode of Bob Ross’ “Joy of Painting”, you know how beloved Bob Ross is. I absolutely loved watching his program, and he was so calm and lovely. And so last week, I decided to have my own Bob Ross moment with a bunch of vegetables.
A few weeks ago, I was scrolling down Instagram’s “explore” section, and I saw a photo of eggplant katsu. I had never heard of “katsu”. As I LOVE eggplant, I had to try this ASAP. But how?
Any nuts together with chocolate is a win. And so is this cake. But it’s not the nut and chocolate combo that makes this cake divine – there is also the moisture that comes with pear!
Pulla means “bun” in Finnish. And it is something that you can find everywhere from cafes to the bakery sections of the supermarkets. Having a pulla with your coffee (well, for me, with tea) is one of the most Finnish things you can do.
A few weeks ago, we had a lovely raki and mezze night with my boyfriend and two of my closest friends. Raki is the national drink of Turkey, and it is my favourite alcoholic beverage. But I don’t love just the taste of it; I love the whole “socialisation, eating long and drinking long with people you love” aspects of it. And of course, the mezze that comes together with it is equally important!
This bread is actually my version of Levantine flatbread called “manakeesh”. The dough has yeast, and different toppings are added before baking. The most typical topping has za’atar spice mix. I have two other toppings today.
So many people have asked me about baklava all these years. Well, too many. When somebody heard that I came from Turkey, most of the time they said, “oh baklavaaaa, do you know how to make baklavaaa?”. Frankly, I’m tired of it as I don’t like baklava myself, and there are so many more delicious dishes in Turkish cuisine. But well, here I am, writing this recipe.
The first time I heard about this dish was a few years ago when I did the graphic design of a cookbook for an amateur chef in Turkey. I loved it a lot back then, but I don’t cook it often.
Yellow is my favourite colour. And so today I’m giving you the recipe for yellow bread! Since February this year, I’ve been working with Oma Maa food co-op here in Helsinki. I work in their farm kitchen in Tuusula, Finland, about 25-30 minutes distance from Helsinki, and once a month, I make a product for their weekly food bags, using their products. I also go there to help them with their bags on other weeks. This flatbread was a product I made for their food bag last week. Well, it’s not entirely the same bread; there are a couple of ingredients missing or added in this one. But it’s more or less the same type of bread. I also made this for my weekly food bags yesterday. I think the bread is relatively easy to make, but I will still mark this as medium difficulty since some of you may need a bit more practice with, for instance, rolling the dough. I got the inspiration for this recipe from a youtube video, but I changed …
I have to admit: I don’t always like recipes with tons and tons of ingredients. It is good to keep things simple most of the time. However, there are moments when you want a perfect flavour festival going on inside your mouth and stomach, and this soup is just the one for that purpose.