food, main

grilled chicken with mustard and thyme

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Mustard, paprika and tumeric chicken breast, with garlic and thyme. Grilled to perfection!

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breakfast

indoor picnic

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travel

look up in istanbul

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Ottoman bank meets Ottoman post office in the old Istanbul district of Eminonu.
Photograph taken September 2012.

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breakfast, dessert

pancake day

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happy pancake day folks!
This is an example of the mess I created, wholemeal pancakes with coconut vanilla yogurt and sour cherry syrup.

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breakfast, travel

‘menemen’ in Istanbul

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Classic breakfast in old Istanbul.
Menemen can be found all over this city and is eaten by all classes of people, from up market cafes, to local eateries and canteens. And of course, at home, where it’s a staple breakfast specialty consisting of gooey egg, onion, green peppers, tomato and over dosages of black pepper, paprika and cumin, sometimes topped with sharp and salty kashar cheese. Along with fresh crusty bread and black Turkish tea, this takes me back to my morning strolls and weekly breakfasts at work during the Summer – back to¬† a time when this photograph was taken at Cafe Vodina in my favorite Istanbul suburb of Balat. Sigh.

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dessert

sunken strawberry & almond

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Another ridiculously sweet treat adapted from Kate Bracks’ The Sweet Life is my sunken and flourless almond and strawberry cake. Rather than using blueberries, as the recipe asks, I used what I already had – and ironically is cheaper – instead: strawberries!

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food

radish red

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ahhh…something about that colour!

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