Artichoke with peas

Artichoke with peas

April 28th, 2006 | Category: Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


Artichoke in olive oil is a traditional Turkish appetizer. It has many variations when it comes to the topping, such as potatoes & carrots, broad beans & dill or as in my case: Peas. This is one of those vegetable dishes, which I hated eating growing up as a child and started treasuring it in my 20s.

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Sirloin Steak in Cafe de Paris Sauce

Sirloin Steak in Cafe de Paris Sauce

April 17th, 2006 | Category: Meat, Memoir/Meme/Misc.


A friend of mine, who is a very talented sculptor, had an exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland last year. This was her first exhibition abroad so a couple of friends and I decided to go with her in advance of the opening day to help with the set up. During our 3 day stay, I spent nearly every minute of my free time at a store called Globus. Not ...

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Strawberry Scones

Strawberry Scones

April 09th, 2006 | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Pastry


Over the years, I became addicted to these rich, tender and satisfyingly sweet (but not overly so) scones. The preparation is extremely easy and the recipe below is a true classic, made tender and rich with cream, butter and eggs.

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Poor Man’s Lentil

Poor Man’s Lentil

April 09th, 2006 | Category: Beans and Legumes, Memoir/Meme/Misc., Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


Back in the spring of '99, after endless days of house hunting, Özlem and I managed to find a 3 bedroom flat in the foggiest and most depressing district of San Francisco - Richmond district, 22nd and Balboa to be specific - just a day prior to getting kicked out by our landlord, who looked like the Chinese twin of Joan Collins. Sick and tired of getting ...

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Smoked Turkey Sandwich and Cacik

Smoked Turkey Sandwich and Cacik

April 05th, 2006 | Category: Turkish Cuisine


I don't always have the time to cook when I arrive home from work. And if there isn't anything left over from the previous day, my choice for a quick & light dinner is usually a sandwich with cacik on the side. Tonight's sandwich was smoked turkey with avocado. Cacik (closest pronounciation is "Jahjik") is a traditional Turkish meze (appetizer), which is made of yogurt, cucumber, water, garlic ...

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