All posts tagged: Mediterranean

Chilli Prawn Linguine / Plum Cardamom Upside-Down Cake

This classic pasta with prawns is always a winner at any dinners. My plan was to make pasta with scampis just lightly tossed in olive oil and fresh herbs but as I couldn’t get scampis that day, I had to switch to prawn pasta, which wasn’t a disaster but less interesting than scampis. This is the last post about the weekend’s scampi night. (Scampi Night Part 1 / Scampi Night Part 2) – (update: sorry, the posts seem to have disappeared when changing the blog address.) But you can still read the menu of the night to imagine what it was like. It’s strange to call it a scampi night when there isn’t any scampis on the menu, right? What I realised from the last event was that I should have a chalk board menu. Why? I made the menu first and went to pick up groceries just to learn that I couldn’t find the things I had wanted to cook and wrote on the menu. That makes me think why I often like restaurants …

leek feta chilli muffins

Leek Feta Muffins with Green Chillies

Sometimes I wonder which country I live in. My fridge and pantry are filled with foreign food items and French wines, but when I look out of the window I see red flags hanging out on the window seals of people’s houses. And I hear the call to prayer in the evening while eating dinner – now I sleep through the morning call that strikes at 6.30 and it doesn’t bother me any more. Other things that remind me of where I am include these white mulberries, the taste of dill and huge yogurt containers, which have many uses. As I am petite and good at climbing trees, I was asked to pick mulberries. These mulberry trees are everywhere across Turkey and the sweet fruit drop on to the streets, making footpaths sticky, and sometimes they will hit your head or drop on to the screen of your iPad when you’re lounging in the shade of those trees. They are so sweet that they can be boiled down to syrup or molasses and used as …

Halloumi Spinach Stack with Garlicky Beetroot Hummus

Ok, so I mentioned about detoxing and getting back to normal routines and eating in the previous post, right? I’m not really talking about the detox diet that women so often religiously talk about; I simply mean going off alcohol for a while, at least until this Friday because on Saturday I will be tasting some wines with my foodie friends. Before Nice, Mr.O and I tried to eat up everything that might go spoilt, but we couldn’t finish the cooked beetroots. I was meant to char-grill a bunch of capsicums to store but didn’t get around to do it. So it was the time. I love char-grilling them over the stove, though some people prefer the oven because of the mess it makes. But this pan, which I accidentally found while looking for a heat diffuser for Persian rice, happened to be what Turkish people use. You can char-grill any veggies, even seafood! So at lunchtime, even though I was not fully in the mood for cooking and taking photos, I couldn’t resist it when I …