All posts tagged: zucchini

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Stuffed Globe Courgettes: Turkish Red Pepper Paste and Siyez(Spelt) Wheat

I’m sorry for having been slack in blogging. In case you’ve been wondering… When you read this, I’ll be on the plane to or already in London for my first WSET Dip exam. Juggling work and study has been quite a task. So I thought I’d go a bit early to give myself a few days to cram. I hope all the wines to try AND the world cup won’t be too distracting! Last month, I went on a spontaneous road trip, which combined many celebrations into one: hitting the 40s bracket, friendship, new adventures, etc. Gosh, what an ecstatic holiday it was! I struggled quite a bit trying to get back to the grind after such a long crazy holiday with endless eating and drinking. But it was well deserved and that’s what life is about: being happy. A fabulous boat trip and swim in Bodrum and an unplanned catch-up with an old friend in Cappadocia… I came home with such lovely memories that I wished I could have been a full time traveller. By the way, …

Zucchini series #3 – Candy Festival and Buckwheat Zucchini Fritters

How lucky am I to have all the lovely people around who make a little mouse “me” – feel cared for and happy. On the day of Candy Feast or Şeker Bayram in Turkish, this holy gracious amaretto liqueur was served to us by Mr.O’s parents, along with the best almonds and almond paste. Surprised by this unexpected treat, I bugged Mr.O again with questions related to this Turkish amaretto. Perhaps, the reason Mr.O is losing weight despite all the food he eats with me is to be interrogated about food and food history. Anyway, what a treat it was! This is  one of the reason I love Mr.O’s dad so much; he reads my culinary mind perfectly. And we left with more zucchini….and you know what will happen, right? This series will never have an ending. Kids, whether they are 10 year olds or 30 year olds, are equally treated with sweet things during this festival. After a lovely meal, we made a visit to the oldest in the family, Mr.O’s aunt. We tend …

Zucchini Series #2

Now it’s no joke any more. I haven’t been able to go grocery shopping for two weeks now because of the constant supply of zucchini. Last week we moved in to a new flat – congratulations! – and I’ve been enjoying my new place and new neighbourhood, where our close foodie friend lives. Mr.O and I keep turning up at his apartment unaccounted and I think he will be annoyed soon and move out eventually. I don’t know why but here in Turkey when people move house, they take ceiling lights with them, so reconnecting lights is one big job to do, yet, my dear man and many men nowadays don’t know how to fix the lights. So Mr.O’s dad was called in and he brought these lovely home-grown foods as well as olives from Çanakkale to our new flat. I was so glad to have finished all the zucchini then but now I got even bigger ones and Mr.O was grinning at me, saying “I love zucchini!“, and I was at a loss. Ok, there …

Zucchini Series #1

 Today I want to talk a bit about Mr.O. He, who I mention on my blog, is the one who takes all the privileges of eating what I cook. Now he gets excited about what is cooking in the kitchen and sends photos of what we eat to his friends, who are tormented by the teasers and also puzzled by the changes he’s made in his eating habits. I’ve probably mentioned this in one of previous posts but I think it’s ok to remind people of this amazing phenomenon. Mr.O is my food tester for my blog, who had shed 25 kg in 6 months, just by eating and enjoying food with me. I still have a delightful memory of Mr.O’s parents bursting into a big laughter at one dinner, seeing Mr.O eating zucchini. They said something to each other but Mr.O refused to translate to me what they were saying at first but I pressed him and he finally said, “They were saying that I didn’t used to eat zucchini, in fact, I hated …