Roasted Beet Soup

Roasted Beet Soup

September 10th, 2006  | Category: Soup, Vegetarian


Last night I went to sleep hoping that I would wake up to a rainy day. I missed staying at home on a rainy day curled up with a hard disk filled with many episodes of my favorite TV series. Contrary to my heavy Sunday morning sleeping ritual, my eyes opened at 8:30 a.m. The heavy sleeper I am, I think I imagined the sound of wind ...

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Castroville Artichoke

Castroville Artichoke

June 08th, 2006  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc., Restaurants, Vegetarian


It was right after my graduation... Baking Fairy and I were residing at the foggy 22nd and Balboa in San Francisco. I was desperately looking for work, she was still studying... We needed a change, so we decided to take a trip to LA. To make the trip more enjoyable, we decided to take Highway 1. I guess it added a couple of exhausting hours to the ...

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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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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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