An indestructible recipe for chocolate brownies

I am in the habit of finding a recipe I like and then making it compulsively for weeks on end, until I have perfected it. What usually happens, though, is that by the… Continue reading

Recipe: an immeasurably improved Monday

Mondays are no fun. We all know it’s true. There’s no need to labour the point. Sometimes you’ve just gotta create your own joy to lighten up a Monday. Which is what I… Continue reading

Heaven is a chocolate biscuit

  Just look what was waiting for me when I got home from Jordan: heaven in the shape of a dark chocolate digestive biscuit. The prospect of a long, cold, chocolate digestive-free winter… Continue reading

Pumpkin spice soup

Love pumpkin? Hate pie? The logical conclusion is soup. For me, this is where pumpkin belongs. I have never been able to see the point of pumpkin pie, and while the pumpkin recipes… Continue reading

Off to the Dead Sea…

I’m heading to Jordan today for a training course, so things may be a little quiet around here for a while. But not to worry, I’ll be back with a full report next… Continue reading

[Review] Banyan in Ortaköy

I am on a quest to discover the great non-Turkish food destinations of Istanbul. This is not a slight against Turkish food, which I do so love. But I am at max capacity.… Continue reading

What happens when you get bored of Turkish food?

Say what you will about Turkish nationalism, Turks have plenty of reasons to be nationalistic about their food. Turkish food is wonderful. Forget greasy döner kebab. Real Turkish food is delicious, healthy and… 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