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Vera’s Almodrote

Vera’s Almodrote

February 21st, 2011  | Category: Friends, Travel, Vegetable, Vegetarian


Here's the first dish Vera prepared with the ingredients we bought from the Alaçatı farmers market: Almodrote de Kalavasa. It is a zucchini flan with Sephardic origins and very close to the zucchini au gratin my mother used to make when I was a little boy. Actually, not much has changed since then; I still don't get excited about zucchinis (unless they're fried). So when Vera mentioned she ...

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Alaçatı

Alaçatı

February 01st, 2011  | Category: Travel


Alaçatı, also known as the windsurfers' paradise, is a small village with stone villas situated on the eastern shoreline of the Aegean Sea. The closest town is Çeşme, which is another popular holiday resort on the west coast of Turkey. Two very dear friends of mine, Mahir and Vera, bought an empty lot there a year ago and had been working on building their dream house. The ...

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Focaccia and Sunday Brunch

Focaccia and Sunday Brunch

August 08th, 2008  | Category: Bread, Breakfast and Brunch


Ever since Vera read my Kasimpasa Food Market post, we have been planning to visit the market and put together a feast with the produce available at the stands that week. But as we started emailing each other about the brunch menu, we realized that the shopping would leave us with very little preparation time. So we ditched the idea of shopping and started planning how on earth ...

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Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Pudding

Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Pudding

March 13th, 2008  | Category: Chocolate, Puddings and Custards


Last week, we feasted on a selection of delicious cheeses Mahir and Vera brought back from their trip to Amsterdam. These two generous friends not only shared their cheese but also fed me with incredible side dishes and cocktails. While Mahir was busy preparing us Mojitos, Vera was arranging the side dishes on her grand collection of antique plates - handpicked from flea markets around the world. Brie ...

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