I’ve been fascinated all my adult life by the relationship between food and mental and emotional health. I just never really knew other people were studying it the way this presenter talks about in this Tedx Christchurch talk by...
This is a list of things you may not be able to bring out of Turkey, but you should definitely try while there and most likely you’ll have the chance to do so at most restaurants. Be choosy with...
I came to Turkey twice before making the leap to live here for an extended period of time. I’ve been mostly in Istanbul, the Black Sea region and now in southern Turkey with treks along the way to and...
These little sour plums (I believe they’re called Victoria Plum) are in season now in southern Turkey and I can’t stop eating them. They remind me so much of my childhood plum tree in our backyard. Every year when the...
I’ve been making several dishes this week with white navy beans (“kuru fasulye” in Turkish, which actually translates to haricot beans in English). This recipe for Summer White Bean and Tomato Salad is one of the lightest and is...
This little dish of Pasta with Bechamel Sauce represents the exact reason why cooking for oneself is not only an act of self-care, but also an experience of empowerment. Why,? Because it embodies the art of knowing how to...
If you’re having people over on Eid day, chances are you’re wondering what to put on the buffet for guests. In the hot summer weather, no one wants to be in front of a stove or eat heavy foods,...
My First Fast Was Just an Experiment The first time I fasted in Ramadan I wasn’t a Muslim; I was a curious young woman who had recently experienced a very short but very impactful trip to Morocco during the blessed...
By the end of Ramadan, most of us fasting Muslims have completely filled our status quo of date consumption for the month, and perhaps much of the year. It’s that fruit with which we most commonly break our fasts...
Many of you have shared your thoughts and your own versions of recipes coming from Summer Ramadan Cooking, my first cookbook that I put out back in 2011 and then a second version in 2014. It was so much...
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