As you know, I have been feeling the absence of Christmas lately. This is all tied up with end of year tiredness and a generalised homesickness, of course, but those things are a… Continue reading

Craving Christmas

I have spent much of the last 28 years bemoaning the appearance of tinsel and mince pies in October. I simply can’t handle so much Christmas. This year, however, I’m craving Christmas something rotten.… Continue reading

Orzo vegetable soup

It’s seriously cold now in Istanbul, so I’m all about the warming soups these days. Not only have a got another recipe for a ginger pumpkin soup up my sleeve (I know, what… 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

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

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

Sac kavurma

Eid ul-Adha may have been a whole month ago now, but today I wanted to share a classic Kurban Bayram dish with you because it’s too good to be reserved for the holidays… 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