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İncir Reçeli, unripe fig jam and the gypsies

You may see gypsy ladies peeling and selling unripe figs, in bulk amounts, their fingers are wounded by the figs’ milk, wrapping their fingers with the best possible way, with nylon bags pieces and trying to bring home money. If you don’t like peeling figs to make incir reçeli, fig jam, you…

Kısır – that mysterious salad

Funny enough my friends around me have been asking me to make kısır for them, like all my life… It started in high school as far as I remember, being alone at home frequently, I had the whole gang at home shooting tequilas, singing and sometimes studying. Those study days…

Hometown! Take one, Flamingo Pastanesi…

I was born and raised in Ankara… Walking down Tunalı Hilmi today, brought back many memories. All is good, but seeing most of the establishments closing their doors, selling their business makes me sad. Ankara being a patisserie town, had a lot of choices to offer, I guess everybody liked their…

2011 on a plate…

What a year it was! Tasty, yet weird! Photographing Gaziantep cookbook, I spent great deal of time in the city, meaning I had the opportunity to eat great deal of home cooked meals, prepared by housewives, tasty and made me think, can you top that… The food event of the…

Fauna at Bozcaada!

Sorry to say Fauna at Bozcaada is now closed! We will be waiting for Ibrahim Tuna and his magical pasta, till the next opening! Fingers crossed! — Our long missed Fauna, the pasta temple, opened its door to its devoted customers at Bozcaada, where it will be serving during summer…

Mulberry trees and memories…

At my grandmother’s house,  it was a mansion really,  where I spent most of my holidays we had these enormous mulberry trees, 2 of them at the front yard. And two normal sized ones in the back garden. Enormous meaning taller then our 2.5 story house. At night their shadows reflect to my bedroom’s ceiling and…