Millet is an interesting grain. It is one of the oldest cultivated grains in the world, and it is naturally gluten-free, but not many of my friends who are following a gluten-free diet like it. I started trying it in different recipes only recently, and I quite like it.
I like the beet family. They are tasty and nutritious. But the biggest reason why I love them, and I use them in recipes, is the wide variety of colours they bring! Just like this colourful salad!
The corona restrictions are being lifted, and the catering gigs are slowly coming back. I have a big birthday catering in December. My customers wanted cookies with lots of ginger for the sweet option. So I worked on this one. Yes, they are veeeery gingery.
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.
I love dried apricots, just like I love many other dried fruits. But oh boy, I wish it wouldn’t fill me with nuclear level gas. I would then probably eat it in several kilos per week!
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.
Wow, how truly creative I am… Put almost all the ingredients in the title. Splendid writing, Asli!
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 …
Here is an excellent lunch menu recipe for you. You can add a light salad to this if you like, and you will be ready to go! I love making bean or vegetable balls. They are some of the best lunch or dinner dishes for a vegetarian. They are filling enough themselves, but in this menu recipe, I also wanted to add one of my favourite rice pilaf dishes, the one with coconut milk. I got the inspiration from two different recipes to make these balls and rice pilaf, but I put my own twists. I used couscous with black beans because I like the texture of couscous in this kind of balls. The gluten-free alternative for couscous can be quinoa or a mixture of almond flour and breadcrumbs. Of course, all these substitutions will result in different textures and tastes themselves. I used parmesan in the black bean balls, but if you want to make it vegan, you can substitute parmesan with grated vegan cheese. I made them once this way, and they were …
This spread is similar to hummus, but it does not have chickpeas. Instead, I used crushed dried fava beans locally grown by Oma Maa food co-op (the beans were a part of the food bag I got from them in December). I’ve been thinking of what to do with them, and finally, I found a delicious use. Being involved with the producer of the food product you use is a great thing. Why? You can, of course, just go to the supermarket and buy a package of crushed fava beans, there are many different brands. However, when you know the producer, you also get to learn how the beans are prepared. Let me tell you. After being harvested, the beans are taken to Oma Maa’s kitchen building, which is slightly farther away from the farm (Lassila Farm in Tuusula). The kitchen building has different rooms: a cold room to keep harvested produce where there is also a couple of freezers, a room full of machines where you can wash and peel fresh produce, crush or …