Woman on the Rocks {A Caribbean Cocktail}

Women on the Rock {A Caribbean Cocktail}

I love my girlfriends and making the move to Virgin Gorda, far away from them all, was tough. After we relocated, it was a challenge for me to find a girlfriend locally to spend time with. Yes, I have my husband and he is my best friend but... girlfriends are different. You can talk to your girlfriends about things that would not excite a husband (or, at least my husband). I think girlfriends can understand you on a different level than a man ever can. Also, they are wonderful listeners. It was almost a year and a half after our move that I met my friend Chrissann here on Virgin Gorda. Originally from Northern California, Chrissann moved down to the Caribbean almost 9 years ago. For the first 5 years, she lived on St. Thomas and then moved over to Saba Rock to be with her now-boyfriend. Chrisann and I clicked almost as soon as we met. It was one of those “love at first sight” kind of friendships, mainly because we had so many things in common. She, too, used to be a … [Read More...]

Woman on the Rocks {A Caribbean Cocktail}

Women on the Rock {A Caribbean Cocktail}

I love my girlfriends and making the move to Virgin Gorda, far away from them all, was tough. After we relocated, it was a challenge for me to find a girlfriend locally to spend time with. Yes, I have my husband and he is my best friend but... girlfriends are different. You can talk to your girlfriends about things that would not excite a husband (or, at least my husband). I think girlfriends can understand you on a different level than a man ever can. Also, they are wonderful … [Read More...]

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 … [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, who has 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...]