– HAPPY 4 YEARS BLOG ANNIVERSARY! –

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-HAPPY 4 YEARS BLOG ANNIVERSARY-

Hello everyone!

I juts wanted to start this post by saying  thank you very much from bottom of my heart for all of your kind words of encouragement, support for my blog. Exactly four year ego, I was hitting the button “Publish’ for the first time and My only desire was to talk and share about my recipe, painting,stories, restaurant review and keep in touch with my friends, family. Lucky for me, many other gorgeous people decided to join me in this fantastic adventure, and helped me, I was excited to create and share to connect the whole world. I feel a deep responsibility to make the most of my time here and serve you the best I can.

Thank you for supporting me be a part of this blog journey.

-BANANA BREAD WITH HONEY-

 

-BANANA BREAD WITH HONEY-

-BANANA BREAD WITH HONEY-

 

Hello everyone!

I have made the cake and tested. The recipe was an old recipe from my family and this recipe is worthy of commendation. This Banana Bread with honey is moist and delicious with loads of banana flavour and it is easy to make, also no need for a mixer. This is an easy recipe that gives perfect result every time and be sure to use ripe bananas. Happy baking!

-Bananas are among the world’s most popular fruit and making them an excellent for snack. Bananas are also very good nutritious, and contain high amounts of fiber , antioxidants and are very low in protein and fat. Unripe bananas are high in starch and ripe bananas contain mostly sugar.

However bananas are good source of several nutrients, including magnesium and potassium(potassium is an important mineral that many people aren’t getting enough of, and it plays a crucial role in blood pressure control and kidney function.),including dopamine, vitamin B6, vitamin C. Also pectin is another type of dietary fiber  that is found in the ripe bananas and pectins may reduce appetite, moderate blood sugar levels after meals. In addition, a medium-sized (118grams) banana contains about 105 calories and bananas contain about 14 grams of sugar.

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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.

 

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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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Enjoy it!

GUEST POSTS: LIGHT CARROT CAKE/ CRISPY SPINACH BOREK

Level:Easy

Serve: 12

Hello everyone!

During my three years blogging, I have had the happy of making the acquaintance of many, multi-talented women from my country. I call they tireless women who have painting skills and also love to cook mouthwatering family recipes for her family and friends. I have got a guest post for you from Seyhan Eken and Zehra Coskun. I want to share their recipe with you.  Light Carrot Cake  was baked by Seyhan and Crispy Spinach Borek was baked by Zehra. We tested the cake and the spinach borek,which  were really delicious and light. She does not prefer frosting for the Carrot cake because hers cake is low-calories without frosting.But if you love frosting on top it you can use mascarpone cheese for frosting.  In addition,this flavour, moist cake and the  crispy borek incredible  easy to make and also they are light and divine.

Carrots are one of the most widely used and enjoyed vegetables in the world and the health benefits of carrots include reduced cholesterol, preventing heart attacks, improving vision, boost the immune system, improve digestion. Naturally sugary, carrots are healthy addition you can make to vegetable list of your diet. This healthy vegetables come with wholesome healthy benefiting such as  beta-carotenes, falcarinol, vitamin A, minerals and anti-oxidants in ample amounts.

Spinach is one of wonderful green-leafy vegetable often recognised as one of the functional foods for its wholesome nutritional and antioxidants composition.Spinach is important for skin,hair,bone healthy and this crispy leaf are rich source of iron, vitamin A, fibre.

I am honoured to introduce you to SEYHAN’S LIGHT CARROT CAKE RECIPE and ZEHRA’S CRISPY SPINACH BOREK!

 

-SEYHAN’S LIGHT CARROT CAKE RECIPE-

Seyhan's Light Cake.

Seyhan’s Light Carrot Cake.

 

-INGREDIENTS-

3 eggs .

1 cup granulated sugar.

1/2 cup olive- oil.

1/2 cup milk, at room temperature .

1 cup grated carrots,( about 4 medium  size)

1 teaspoon ground ginger.

2 cup all-purpose flour.

1 teaspoon baking powder.

1 teaspoon vanilla  extract.

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pieces.

-DIRECTIONS-

1- Preheat  oven to 175 degrees C. Grease and flour the bottom your cake pan, set it aside.

2-In a mixing bowl, mix milk, eggs and vegetable oil, add the sugar , the carrots then beat them together until smooth.

3-Sift together flour, baking soda and cinnamon, add  dry ingredients into  wet mixture, gently mix with a wood spoon or spatula until corporate well. Then add the walnuts and the vanilla, lightly mix all the ingredients.

4- Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and bake about 40-45 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted into the centre  of the cake comes out clean.Remove from your oven  and let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack or clean kitchen  towel  and cool completely.

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Happy baking!


 

– ZEHRA’S CRISPY BOREK –

 

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Zehra’s Crispy Borek.

 

INGREDIENTS:

6 5X5 Frozen  puff pastry squares, at room temperature.

2 sheets Turkish yufka ( Yulfka is traditional used for borek as it is so thin and flaky, it is much more difficult to find in different country but phyllo will work just fine.)

For Spinach Filling Ingredients:

200-250g, spinach, washed and drained,copped.

1 medium onion, copped.

1 cup Turkish white cheese or( 1 cup feta cheese),grated.

1/2 teaspoon Sea salt.

In a large bowl, mix together chopped spinach and the chopped onion, add the salt and rub the spinach and  onion with your hand, squeeze the mixed spinach’s liquid. Then put the cheese another bowl and add the mixed spinach in it, combine them well , set aside.

Fore Sauce Ingredients:

1/2 Cup olive oil.

1 cup Soda water-200ml

2 eggs.

– DIRECTIONS-

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and the soda water,the olive oil, set aside.

Preheat oven to 180 C degrees. Lightly grease in a little rectangle baking tray,set aside.

1-On a lightly floured surface, Lay 3 the puff pastry  side by side onto the kitchen counter and roll out the puff pastry as big as your baking try.

2- Place  the rolled pastry on the baking tray, Lay a Turkish yufka or phyllo on to the rolled pastry and brush  the yulfka or phyllo with the sauce.

3- Equally place the mixed spinach in the yufka or the phyllo and fold sides of yufka or the phyllo over the spinach like an envelope. Brush it again with the sauce.

4-Cut another the yufka or the phyllo 4 equal pieces, Place one on the top of the other, don’t forget to brush between layer with sauce.

5- Place the remain 3 puff pastry side by side onto the kitchen counter and roll second sheet of puff pastry out to the same size as the baking tray,Place the rolled puff pastry over.

6- Top with the second puff pastry, cut in squares, much easier to cut before you cook it. Then equally  pour the remain sauce over the borek, let it rest in your refrigerature for 1-2 hours.

7- Bake the borek until golden yellow and serve it warm.

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Happy baking!