You Can Cook Here – 9 Island Ingredient Issues SOLVED!

You Can Cook Here

I recently wrote a guest blog post on one of my favorite blogs, Women who Live on Rocks. Women who Live on Rocks is a blog written by women, who are currently living on tropical islands all over the world. You know how a lot of people dream about living on an island at some point in their lives.. This blog tells you what happens if your wish becomes true but it does it in a truly entertaining way. When I first moved to my rock, Virgin Gorda, the heart of the foodie beating inside me sank a little bit. Where were my farmer’s markets? Why can’t I count on one grocery store to carry all of the basic items on my list? Seriously – all I’m asking for are some tomatoes. What do you mean I can’t make the recipe I planned because the entire territory doesn’t stock buttermilk?! This part of my transition to island life was a literal punch to the stomach. I love food. I love to cook – a lot. And not just your average couple of nights a week, but daily. You … [Read More...]

Simit

Simit

It has been close to a year since I have been home. When I say "home”, I mean my real home in Turkey. For some reason, after all these years living abroad, my home has always been there where I grew up. Though I love venturing out into different cultures and places, sometimes I miss it so much it hurts. Lately that is how I am feeling. And whenever I feel that way, I do what I do best: I cook. Realizing that I cannot just pick up and go there, I decided to bring “there” … [Read More...]

365 Grateful Project – March 2014 Edition

365 Grateful Project - March 2014 Edition

I am not one of those girls with perfect hair, all the time. My hair is curly but more like frizzy curly. In order to keep the frizziness under control, I usually put it up in a ponytail in the morning and ignore it as much as I can during the day. Even when it is in a ponytail, the baby hairs at the front come out like antennas, and that are, to me, the most annoying part of my hair. To add to that, living on a humid island in the middle of the Caribbean does not help with my hair situation … [Read More...]

Nutella and Banana Clafoutis with Roasted Hazelnuts

Nutella and Banana Clafoutis with Roasted Hazelnuts

My mother, who was a graduate of a French high school in Istanbul, was a lover of anything French. Since she could read, write, and speak French very well, it was second nature to her to do things the French way. For instance, one of her favorite things to do while cooking was to play old French songs and sing along with them. As her apprentice in the kitchen, though I found most of the French words and their pronunciation very difficult, I still did my best to sing along with her. I took … [Read More...]

Vegan Cocoa Truffles

Vegan Cocoa Truffles

I have friends, who go to the mall when they need a change of scene or to simply pass time. When I need that, I go to Whole Foods Market. At least, I used to back when I was living in a city. I find Whole Foods to be a place of inspiration for my cooking and life, in general. I love the neatly organized aisles full of upscale grocery items ranging from organic nut butters to never-frozen meats to hand picked strawberries to perfume smelling body lotions. Although I cannot afford to … [Read More...]

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

As I was walking towards the entrance of the shopping mall, I was welcomed by a long line of people. When I say a long line, I mean a very long line of at least 30 people. After all, I worked right across the street for 10 years and had never seen a line like this in front of the mall. I had to ask someone what the big deal was about. Come to find out, a new cupcake store was open. A cupcake store that supposedly sells the most delicious and beautifully decorated cupcakes. Though … [Read More...]

One-Pot Chicken with Cardamom Bulgur

One-Pot Chicken with Cardamom Bulgur

Even though I was very young when she died, there are just a couple of things I  remember about my grandmother (babaanne). One of which is the wonderful smell of her kitchen. During summers, my parents would drop me off at my grandparents’ house and I would spend my days playing in the kitchen while she was cooking. As a mother of 5 and a wife of a very demanding husband, she would spend most of her days in the kitchen cooking for them. When I say cooking, I mean full-blown restaurant quality … [Read More...]

Linguine with Walnut Béchamel Sauce and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Linguine with Walnut Béchamel Sauce and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I spent the whole weekend organizing and cleaning my kitchen. I cannot begin to tell you how good it felt to make breakfast in there this morning. It was like I have a brand new kitchen. The majority of the organizing was in my pantry. Since we live on an island, I usually stock up on items that are hard to find like gluten-free flour, almond flour, dried fruit, kalamata olives, tahini, etc. As I was cleaning, I realized how much food I accumulated and forgot about in the last couple of … [Read More...]