Last month I was really fortunate to go on (our first) roadtrip in Turkey!
I was amazed by the landscape- mountains in the distance, green fields and farms, and the wide open space to breathe! It looks like this:
I don't know what I was expecting but what I saw reminded me how different Istanbul is to the "rest-of-Turkey." Whilst Istanbul is beautiful, and there are beautiful places to walk around and chill especially on the mighty Bosphorus, it just has a more "closed -up" feel to it. Like take Bebek for instance, you can sit near the water edge - but just in a small space and then there's buildings in and around you.
In Istanbul, at least on the modern European side which is what I'm more familiar with, sure there are parks, but it's surrounded by loads of flats and tall buildings. So when driving around your view usually includes sprawling flats on hills. It's different out in the countryside and even in Izmir, ano…
We like to structure our weekends with one day of rest/chores/catch up, and the other day for adventure! This usually involves exploring an undiscovered area, trying out new food or just doing something different. This weekend, we woke up to a sunny sky, albeit with a slight chill in the air and decided to head out to Cengelkoy, a neighbourhood in Uskudar, across the bridge on the Asian side.
This place is best known for "Cikolata Kahve" - a chocolate boutique store specialising in exceptional chocolate. So this made our first stop for a "snack" , since we had already had a big breakfast at home. Inside, it was quaint and cosy, friendly staff and quite busy, which I kind of expected for such a popular place.
There are no menus, because really there are only 3 items on their menu to drink - Cay (Turkish tea), hot chocolate and Turkish coffee/hot chocolate. Besides this, you can order chocolates from their attractive display made up of dark, milk, white, nut…
I love watching cooking shows and I often hear certain phrases or ingredients that seem to stick in my mind, especially when the contestants describe their scrummy looking dishes with vivid vocabularly!
One such example is a description of a dish where it is served "... on a bed of celeriac purée .." Just sounds so exotic! I guess I must talk about it a lot too- as the other day the hubby went out to the store (sorry not the local market...this time) and brought me a medium sized sandy little vegetable and proudly presented it to me as "celeriac as you hear your favourite posh people make!" (he's so embarrassing!) Nonetheless, I was intrigued and so I googled some ideas and found two great recipes to make that day for dinner. I even made a little for my baby as mash (the celeriac puree!) as it's texture lends itself to lovely and smooth for little mouths :) So here is my recipe for celeriac two ways... quite yummy and works great as a side. Posted recipe on @…