HOMEMADE TAHINI BREAD

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Bake time= 8-10 minutes

Level= Easy

Serve=12

Tahini is usually  used to make humus or make dressing for salads or garnish over some vegetable. Using it for bread is uncommon in the world but it is used in Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cuisines and  Turkish cuisine know what they are doing and they make perfect delicious bread or sell rolls with it. Tahini bread is also traditional in Turkey.Tahini bread usually sold in the bakeries in the feast time and fast month. Also Tahini’s versatility has made it very popular all throughout Turkey and they mix tahini with Pekmez.(Pekmez=a jam like substance made from grapes, figs or mulberries.) They usually prepare this mixture for breakfast and it is especially popular during the winter time.

Tahini bread rolls, this delicious soft rolls have a wonderful sesame butter texture, it is also a wonderful alternative for those with nut allergies.Homemade Tahini bread can easily be  made for a family in your kitchen, however this is much easier to make by just following the simple technique I used. It is  very rich and addictive and perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy!

TAHINI HEALTH BENEFITS: Tahini is a seed butter made from sesame seeds that are toasted and ground.Tahini contains more protein than nuts. It’s a rich source of B vitamins (B1, B2, B3,B5 and B15 )that boost energy and brain function. They promote healthy cell growth and including that of red blood cells, which will help prevent Anemia. They support and increase the rate of metabolism, enhance immunity and nervous system function as well as helping to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.Vitamin E , which is protective against heart stroke and heart disease. Also tahini has  important minerals, such magnesium, iron, and calcium. Tahini is very easy to digest and many of its nutrients find their way in to the blood stream within about an hour of  consumption.

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FRESH TOMATO SALSA

 

 

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This salsa recipe is really tasty, fresh, healthy, and made one step. There is no fat or sugar in it and the salsa has the advantage of being a tomato salad.You just need chopped up tomatoes, chiles, fresh green pepper,onions, some lemon juice,parsley and some seasoning. It is very easy to make. Enjoy it!

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RESTAURANT REVIEW/ DEVELI RESTAURANT-ANKARA

 

Inside Develi Restaurant-Ankara/ Turkey.

Inside Develi Restaurant-Ankara/ Turkey.

Hi everyone!

I went there with a few of my friends and we were delighted to sit down for lunch at Develi Kebab Restaurant. We had a nice table by the window. The restaurant located in famous Palestine Street (Filistin Caddesi) in Ankara –Turkey. This restaurant opend at 2016 and the restaurant has some branches in Istanbul and the restaurant is one of the popular restaurant in Turkey. The restaurant’s decoration is very nice, clean, elegant. Inside, the space is extremely welcoming and the guest can see right into the bar. Develi restaurant serving up generous portions of kofte and lahmacun (Turkish pizza) cooked in their restaurant oven and the restaurant takes inspiration from Gaziantep(Antep) traditional rich, flavours, cuisine. They belive fresh is the only way to enjoy food and every meal prepared at the restaurant kitchen is fresh.

When we arrived they brought us some pickled vegetables, warm bread. Then we were handed menus. We ordered some cold starters , one of them was cigkofte (typical Turkish raw meat, and you had to take a small bit of the raw meat, add some fresh lemon juice to it and wrap it into a lettuce leaf, not my favorite bit of the meal but I did enjoy it. Then we ordered Gavurdagi Salad( consist of tomatoes and red onions, green fresh pepper, walnuts and other ingredients) , hummus. I loved the salad and hummus, they were very tasty. We did not order a spate main course each and asked the waiter to bring us a big round lahmacun, ( the round shape Turkish pizza,) and we shared them. The lahmacun was thin and crispy , tasty. We ordered Pistashio Kofte ( which really did taste like pistachio, and Develi restaurant is the creator of Pistashio Kofte.) . And then we ordered Katmer dessert which was rolled baklava pastry with pistachio and natural cream. The portions were generous and came with the ice-cream. The Katmer was also very delicious and they served traditional Turkish tea-free of charge.

I had an excellent meal at Develi Kebab Restaurant and the servis was very nice and we never waited more than 5 minutes for an appetizer, or 15 minutes for our main dish. If you want to order wine, they had adequate of wine and you can try to taste Local Wine. Also they had Turkish Raki. The service was very friendly and attentive with great stuff , a caring restaurant manager.

Finally,The service was very friendly and attentive. Prices are ok, too, considering the quality of the food. We would recommend this restaurant if you want to try the Lokal restaurant and new places for delicious food and a lovely atmosphere.

 

 

Develi Restaurant in Ankara-Turkey.

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Pistachio Lahmacun(Turkish Pizza)

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Katmer(Rolled pastry with pistachio, organic cream).

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Katmer and ice-cream.

 

-Additional information-

Ambience= ****

Food=****

 

ADDRESS= Develi Kebab Restaurant. Filistin Caddesi(Palestine street). No=73 –Cankaya / Ankara- Turkey

 

-TIRAMISU-

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Tiramisu-mommy cook for me

Hello everyone!

This Tiramisu recipe is very easy, simple but totally divine. When I was visiting my children in London I decided to make this special treat for them and I wanted share this yummy recipe with you, I hope, you enjoy as much as we enjoyed!

 

 

-INGREDIENTS-

Strong black coffee 2 cup, freshly made and cooled.

Ladyfinger  (Savoiardi) 1 packed.

Mascarpone 250-300g.

Caster sugar 3 tbsp.

2 eggs

Vanilla extract 1/2 tsp

Cocoa powder 2-3 tbsp.

Lemon zest 1 tbsp.

Amaretto 1 tbsp.

– DIRECTIONS-

1-Mix the coffee and amaretto in a bowl. Whip the eggs white with the sugar until it forms soft peaks, whip the egg yolks in an another bowl and combine them together . Add the mascarpone, vanilla, lemon zest and mix them in the mixed eggs.

2- Dip the lady fingers into  the cooled coffee for a second on each side until they are well soaked but not collapsing and add a single layer to a 25cm serving dish, using about half of the ladyfingers.

3-Spoon over half of the mixed mascarpone and layer on more soaked sponge fingers then spoon the remaining mascarpone and layer over the top. Chill until ready to serve, about 2 hours. Before serving, sieve over the cocoa powder to cover all the tiramisu top.

 

img_2033Assemble all ingredients.

img_2036 Dip the lady fingers into the coffee and place it side by side in the serving plate, spoon the mascarpone over the lady fingers and soaked the remain lady fingers, place over the mascarpone, spoon the remain mascarpone over the ladyfingers.

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PUREE CAULIFLOWER WITH POTATO

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Hi Everyone!

These Cauliflower puree with potato came out excellent!!! The puree is fluffy and light, take 30 minutes to make . Cauliflower puree with potato do not taste like simple cauliflower, it tastes pretty amazing! If you don’t like simple cauliflower taste, try this Cauliflower puree with potato, which is a delicious and healthy substitute for traditional cooked cauliflower. The cauliflower goes really well with meat or chicken.Forget the mashed potatoes, tray this very healthy alternative.

Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids as well as carotenoids. Cauliflower is extremely low calories, which is good news for our waistline.

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GUEST POST/ SEMOLINA PUDDING WITH VANILLA

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Hello every one!

Today’s GUEST recipe is Semolina pudding which is moist, tasty and for traditional afternooxn tea treat in my Country. This tasty dessert was made by Zehra Coskun, and we tested this pudding which is absolutely wonderful  and  my favourite  pudding. The pudding is easy and no more takes time.These yummy semolina pudding might sound exotic but you will be able to easily find the ingredients in most supermarkets.

Semolina is commonly used in making puddings, dessert and various pastry. Semolina made from wheat and semolina digests slowly making you feel full for a longer duration of time. Semolina is good source of several B,C complex vitamins (thiamine, folate), vitamin E, which help to support your metabolism and in building the immune system of the body. Semolina is rich source in minerals, zinc, iron,phosphorus and magnesium which help strengthen the bones and improves the nervous system.

 

-INGREDIENTS-

1 later whole milk.

6 tablespoon semolina.

3 tablespoon granulated sugar.

1 tablespoon corn starch.

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon gum mastic, ground-( the gum mastic is optional, if you like add it.)

-FOR THE SAUCE INGREDIENTS-

1 tablespoon corn starch.

2 table spoon granulated sugar.(if you like sweeten sauce, you can add a bit more sugar, but you will probably find it’s sweet enough.)

200-300g. sour cherry ( you can use frozen cherry )

In a small saucepan, Put the sugar, the cherry and sprinkle the corn starch over them.Mix them together and cook until  mixture is  thick and smooth. Remove the heat and let cool.

– INTRUDUCTION-

–   Medium dariole moulds or pie pan,rinsed with cold water.

1- In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar, corn starch , semolina ,the gradually stir in the milk.

2- Bring to boil and simmer over the medium heat, until the mixture thick and smooth.Add  the vanilla and remove the heat.

3-Pour it into the prepared pan or moulds, cool and leave to set in the fridge. It will takes a couple of hours or leave it overnight.

4- Remove the pudding from the fridge. Place a plate over the top and give the pudding a good shake to turn them out. Spoon the cherry sauce on top it.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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New year tree at Panora Mall in Ankara-Turkey.

 

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”Albert Einstein.

 

Hello everyone!

As this year is ending, I wish all the difficulties, negativity and wars also end with this year and New Year bring PEACE, HAPPINESS, SUCCESS desired result for you and the world people!

 

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New year tree at Panora Mall in Ankara-Turkey.

 

“Peace at Homeland, Peace in the World.” M. Kemal Ataturk.

Happy New Year and Happy Christmas!