All posts tagged: Soup

Jerusalem Artichoke Leek Soup with Perilla Seeds

It’s been absolutely cold and snowy for a few days now. I haven’t felt this cold for years! Blocked roads, suspended transportation, closed schools(yipee!), snow storms are wreaking havoc in many parts of the country. Even my new city has seen snow of this level for the first time. The only thing anyone wants to do is to snuggle up inside the house, cuddling a hot cup of tea or sipping wine, listening to the hissing sound of wind and watching the snow dancing wildly. However, even in such a cold weather, one can’t avoid the dog routine and I try to keep it as short as possible. BUT Dusha was running around, oblivious to me getting frozen. Why do dogs love snow so much? “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” “Yahoo!!! It’s so much fun, Anne!” “It’s warmer, too, under the snow!” She digs it up, rolls in it, and runs so wild that she didn’t seem like the same dog. She disappeared out of my sight a few times and came back running, all exhilarated. I would have made a …

pumpkin soup

Spiced Pumpkin Persimmon Soup

I’ve been almost three years…already. 2014 has been the strangest year for me because I’ve been in and out of Turkey and travelled three continents in a short period of time. So what is it like celebrating Christmas in Turkey? As far as Christmas decorations are concerned, the festive seems to be in the air, and especially the shopping malls are crowded with people hunting for sales. A little Christmas tree is standing in the corner of my living room and the fridge is filled with dinner preparations such as duck confit and mincemeat, though it’ll be a low key affair compared to the previous lavish feasts. Still, I can’t help myself planning menus and drawing mental pictures of a Christmas feast laden with scrumptious dishes as all foodies would be doing around this time. Around this time, you will see many guys like this cutting pumpkins in streets. As a pumpkin lover, I bought a big bag and made a pumpkin bread and ate with clotted cream(kaymak) and honey, nibbled with cheese, and made …

Red Lentil Soup with Cauliflower Croutons

After the two pizza nights in less than a week, I thought I’d better go light. It’d be salad and cheese if it was summer, and fish and salad if I could be bothered to buy fish. But because it’s winter, I chose soup, and it’s easy to make. Boil, boil, boil… I’d been meaning to make lentil soup for a while so I had bags of lentils of different kinds, yellow, red, green big and small. I went for red, thinking of Indian Dal Curry. The good thing about soup is that you can throw everything you don’t want to eat as its original form.