Bengali tarka dal

This recipe for rich, golden yellow tarka dal (a kind of lentil soup traditionally eaten with rice) is making a comeback in honour of National Curry Week. It’s become something of a party… Continue reading

Lentil, spinach and sweet potato curry

In honour of National Curry Week, here’s one of my favourite veggie curry recipes. Super quick (I’m talking under half an hour here), cheap and delicious, it’s perfect for an easy week-night dinner. I… Continue reading

Roasted red pepper and tomato soup with tortellini

Autumn is upon us. As the mornings grow crisper, and the trees that line Kuzguncuk’s main street become gilded, I’m revelling in the change of seasons. It may still be 20˚C and gloriously… Continue reading

Expat food lusts

Today was a sad day. The last of the dark chocolate digestives ran out. As much as I love Turkey and its food, the lack of dark chocolate digestive biscuits and other foods… Continue reading

Reflections on Kurban Bayram (Eid ul-Adha)

I’ve celebrated Eid ul-Adha (called Kurban Bayram in Turkey – see here if you don’t know what this means) before. I’ve seen the ritual slaughter of animals. I’ve partaken in the fruits of… Continue reading

Well hello there, Autumn. How nice of you to drop by.

After months spent wallowing in my own sweat, constantly uncomfortable and unable to sleep at night, I greeted autumn’s blustery arrival last week with great joy (especially as the moody skies and rain… Continue reading

Spiced nectarine cake

Turkish nectarines are both enormous, oozingly soft and deliciously tart at this time of year. I bought too many the other day, so decided to try something new. With a deliciously light, soft… Continue reading

Lemon cupcakes

Here we have another contender for the Table of Cake for our wedding: a lighter than air, gently flavoured lemon cupcake, richly buttery and slathered in lemon cream cheese frosting. I only had… Continue reading

The Devil’s Cupcakes

This was an outside contender for our table of wedding cakes, but it scored so highly on first tasting that it is now a fully-confirmed member. Try it and see why for yourself.… Continue reading

Wedding cake crazy

Many moons ago, when our wedding felt like a rosy, far-off event that was perhaps happening to other people, I somehow decided that, rather than buy a wedding cake like a normal person,… Continue reading

Garlicky tomato soup

There are only 10 or so days left until the end of Ramazan (Ramadan), the holiest month in the Islamic calendar when Muslims forego food and water from sunrise until sunset. But it’s… Continue reading