When I was a kid, my mother used to make a “börek” (general name for many salty pastries in Turkish) with phyllo dough called “muska” (amulet in English). These were little triangles with cheese filling, fried in vegetable oil. I always hated the name because it came from the religious nonsense. But the pastries, they were gooooood!
Kohlrabi is a quite foreign vegetable for me. I’ve only just used it once, when I did a catering gig 2 years ago, for a friend’s Karonkka (PhD defense dinner). He was a friend originally from South India and I wanted to cook something authentic for him, so I made Bisi Bele Bath – a vegetarian warm dish. That was when I used kohlrabi one and only time.
Yes! The spring is finally here and it is not so cold outside anymore. Yet, this doesn’t mean that we don’t need soup now! Because soup, especially one which is as colourful and rich as this one, is good for every day, any day!
I must say that as soon as I think about this dip, I feel its lovely sour taste in my mouth. It’s quite mouth watering actually.
February is ending. It is minus something every day outside, so cold that I want to cuddle inside my bed until April. It is that time of the year when even the weather is tired of winter. What is the best comfort food for such days? SOUP, of course!
Ahh, poor cabbage. I find that many people do not like this lovely vegetable because of its smell while cooking and because of the flatulence it causes. Ok, I admit that most of the time after eating cabbage it is very much possible to feel like a nuclear bomb, but this does not always stop me from eating delicious cabbage dishes!
Ever since I was a kid with a very picky appetite, I loved celeriac. I loved everything about it. I loved its taste, its smell, its weird shape. For years I ate it the same two ways, one as my mother cooked with onions and peas and carrots, the other as raw salad with mayonnaise. And I was happy. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better and tastier, I ate a whole roasted celeriac dish in a quite hipster restaurant in Berlin in October 2016, and it changed my life. I knew, after that moment, that celeriac was the most amazing vegetable.
About a month ago I bought a vegan magazine in Stockmann Herkku. I don’t normally buy cooking magazines but this one looked interesting. In the magazine, there was a vegetable paella with basmati rice and lots of veggies. I decided to change the recipe a little and use freekeh instead of basmati rice. It turned out to be a delicious dish with a rich taste coming from all the different ingredients.
Here is a salad that has always been one of the staple food in my mother’s feasts. Or how I remember it. Because apparently she also puts tomatoes, but this very much green and yellow colours were always the only version I remembered, so I made it like that, providing a little hint of red with chili pepper flakes.
I am absolutely, utterly, fantastically, magnificently, with all my heart, in love with eggplant. Period.