All posts tagged: soy sauce

Palamut(Bonito) Freekeh Sarma with Tahini Soy Sauce

Let’s have a break from the Sicilian story and talk about what I’ve been cooking. I’ve been cooking more Asian foods lately and experimenting a combination of Korean and Turkish flavours. I have affinity  to everything wrapped or rolled, which is ‘sarma’ in Turkish. It sounds even similar to the Korean word for wrapping, ‘ssam’! You’ll see this stuffed leaves or stuffed vegetables everywhere in Turkey, and they are usually made with rice and meat. Of all, the most common type is stuffed vine leaves and I have a very funny story to tell. We had a big row over the vines in our garden over the summer. Some friends of an upstairs granny came around to pick vine leaves from time to time but I ignored them, finding it rather cute that people even in the city go around foraging. Also, the vines needed pruning anyway. But then one day I came home to find the ladies in the garden and the vines stripped naked of leaves so I told them not to pick the leaves from inside. One day while our helper lady was …

Mock Teriyaki- Spiced Beef Red Wine Balsamic Braise

I will be in France this time next week and now that the jittery feeling has subsided, I’m beginning to feel more and more excited about what I will learn and the new people I’m going to meet. When I am anxious and can’t focus, I tend to cook. Cooking seems to have a therapeutic effect on me. My head tends to get clearer and I gain confident. As I didn’t have anything to cook in the fridge except cheese, I mean a lot of cheese, from Saturday’s wine and cheese night. So I just went out to get some groceries. I usually go shopping without any particular menu in mind and pick veggies and fruit that look good, and then lay them out on the kitchen top and that’s when my brain gets busy thinking up recipes.