Perfect weather for a picnic or barbecue. What do you think about a delicious Greek salad!
There is nothing better these days. We are getting used to sunny weather and high temperatures and training for the World Cup in Brasil. We support all participating countries and hope for great and exciting World Cup matches
This is an easy and delicious salad, mixed in no time; also a great side dish for grilled steaks Enjoy it! Afiyet olsun!
Did you know that Turkish people eat in average more than 40 kgs of yoghurt during a year? One reason for us might be todays soup. It is our most favourite soup in our family. We call it “Yoghurt Soup with Mint — Yayla Çorbası”. Whenever we get together we have to cook this soup and remember our parents and grandparents.
My grandmother used to cook this soup for us always on the first day of our arrival in Turkey for Summer holidays: Yoghurt soup with chicken broth. I can still see my grandmother in front of me, sitting on the terrace in front of her gas burner and stirring in a large pot. She sat hunched and was whispering to me, her words sounded mysterious and magical clouded by the steam that rose up from the boiling soup: “My child, you must be very patient with this soup. You have to keep stirring slowly clockwise until the yoghurt soup starts boiling again, so that the yogurt stays nice and creamy and does not become cheese.”
When the soup started bubbling she stopped stirring and reduced the heat. But the magic came when she prepared the flavoured butter with mint, thyme and paprika. She rubbed the dried mint and dried thyme from the mountains between her palms before stirring them into the melting butter. The scent of mint dominated the thyme and enchanted our noses. Even today after so many decades, I still remember every move of her and the moment before we started spooning this delicious soup. We were sitting around the table, happy and content, waiting for our grandfather to start, so we could start enjoying it. This soup is a part of our family history. I wish you all a bon appetit! Enjoy it! Afiyet olsun!
The last time at the market I found these cute round courgettes. Perfect for filling. I had to take them home.
I grew up in a region famous for their delicious apricots. Thus we cooked a lot with fresh and dried apricots. I love these delicious fruits in fillings and they go perfectly with pine nuts and sesame seeds. Needless to say that exactly these ingredients went into the filling. To get the courgettes and rice nicely done I poured vegetable stock over the filled courgettes and baked them in the oven. We serve filled vegetables with Turkish style yogurt, but they are delicious even without yoghurt. Enjoy it! Afiyet olsun!
Review: “Asia Food” von Neil Perry, erschienen bei Collection Rolf Heyne 2013
A wonderful must have cookbook about Asian Food. Sorry, but today the review is only in German.
Review: „Königlich und Köstlich. Rezepte und Geschichten aus dem britischem Königshaus“ von Carolyn Robb, erschienen bei Callwey Verlag 2013.
This lovely book with recipes and stories is in German, written by Carolyn Robb, who worked as a cook at Kensington Palace for 13 years. Sorry!
“Mekong Food” by Michael Langoth
*****Five Stars: A fantastic photo-cookery-book, with wonderful and charming photos of landscapes and life along the Mekong river. A masterpiece, the author manages to reveal us the culinary world of Southeast Asia with just about 30 recipes. A beautiful book to dream and enjoy.
A wonderful photo cookbook, but at the moment only available in German.
Review: “Ceviche. Peruvian Kitchen.” by Martin Morales, published by W&N 2013
*****Five Stars: This is a very personal, authentic and passionate cookbook from an amateur cook, whose heart beats for the Peruvian cuisine and music. The cookbook is a love letter to the land of his childhood. He presents us a new region to explore with wonderful recipes to enjoy.
Review:”My Ultimate Cookery course” by Gordon Ramsey, published by Hodder & Stoughton August 2012.
*****Five stars: “My Ultimate Cookery course” by Gordon Ramsay is is packed with simple, easy, everyday and delicious recipes from around the world for every occasion. Clever ideas and lots of tips for success in the kitchen. A cookbook to browse and dishes to enjoy with family and friends or just the two of you.
“Gennaro: Let’s Cook Italian: Favourite Family Recipes” by Gennaro Contaldo, published by Pavilion Books, August 2012.
Five stars: Gorgeous authentic Italian family recipes to cook together and enjoy with friends and family. Beautifully illustrated with photos full of life and love including the invitation to cook and enjoy together. A must-have for all Italian food lovers.
I got some rhubarb at the farmers market and was searching the internet for new recipes and there I found this lovely cake repice on the blog of Petra (Chili und Ciabatta). When I saw it, the decision was made, this was it, this had to be it. Just incredibly delicious! Yumm!
Enjoy it! Afiyet olsun!