Eggplant Kabab (Patlıcan Kebabı)

This is a classic dish in the Turkish cuisine that I truly love making…it’s easy and hassle free. Generally in most eggplant dishes, there is some pre-cooking involved. This dish is so simple..no pre-cooking! Everything is assembled raw and put in the oven. Tastes amazing!!!! And since there’s no frying involved, reduced calories! ;)

There are different way to make eggplant kabab but this is my way…hope you enjoy it! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below and I will get back to you ASAP! :)))

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Engagement!! Nişan!!!

 

About a month ago, my baby sister (not very ‘baby’ anymore), Sheyma, got engaged. On the 1st of February was her ‘contract signing’ ceremony, or Nikah (as it is called in Arabic and in Turkish). And on the 14th of February we threw an engagement party for her in Saudi Arabia.

So during the preparations for the party, I took charge of the engagement cake and cookie favors. I’ve made these type of cookie favors before but it was the first time I was making a 3 tier cake. Time-consuming but fun!!! :))

Yaklaşık bir ay önce kardeşim, Şeyma, nişanlandı. Şubatın 1’inde nikahı kıyıldı..Şubatın 14’ünde nişan partisi yapıldı. Hazırlıklara benim katkım nişan pastası ve dağıtılcak nişan kurabiyeleriydi. İlk defa üç katlı pasta yapacağımdan bayağı heyecanlıydım ama çok şükür, Allahın izniyle,başarıyla sonuçlandı!

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Meatballs with Vegetables

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but this is the cast iron pots and Dutch Oven era! A lot of craze about it!! Just as I was thinking of getting one myself, my close friend Mariam’s mom got one for me! What an amazing gift!!! :)))

I’ve tried a few things in it and well, I must say, it works perfectly! Or maybe its just psychological and my food just tastes great anyway :p

And the best thing is if you are really struggling on what to cook, just throw in a bunch of ingredients and stick it in the oven and voila…you get an amazing meal!

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Chocolate Pudding

I’ll make this as short and delicious as possible!! :)))

This is one of the easiest desserts you can prepare…and it’s a quick fix to chocolate and sweet cravings..

I make this with unsweetened cocoa powder…really brings out the chocolate flavour. And this time, I had some leftover chocolate cake trimmings that I added to the bottom of the cups! (I have hearts coming out of my eyes!)

 

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Steak Rolls with Multicolored Peppers and Mushrooms

It’s been ages since I’ve been active on the blog; and as lazy as I might seem, honestly, so much has been happening in the past couple of months. Some good, some not too good.

The latest happy moment that has been added to our family’s book of memories is, my baby sister (who is not really a baby anymore, but it took us a while to realize she actually grew up)  got engaged :)) So we were quite busy with the preparations.

However, another turning point in our lives is, my parents, who have lived in Saudi Arabia since 1980, have retired and returned home – back to Istanbul. Now, of course for those of you who are expatriates living far away from your home can understand this…however, for the first time, for me and my siblings, we are experiencing what is called ‘gurbet’ in Turkish…which basically translates to ‘being away from your country’ or ‘being in a foreign country’. You see, being raised in Saudi Arabia, we always felt like it was home to us. With my parents leaving, the place we actually called ‘home’ for 30+ years is now a foreign land to us. This comes to prove that home is where your loved ones are, regardless of where you have spent your life.

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Chocolate Chip Rolls

It’s been a while… Things have been running wild and keeping me busy as we approach the end of 2013..

but I’m back…and I’m ready to bake..and take photos and post!! Yaay me!

I baked these rolls in August..that’s how backlogged my recipes are :/

They are super easy to make and they definitely are a crowd pleaser. Best thing, you can prep them before hand and keep them refrigerated for a couple of days until you’re ready to bake them!

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Blueberry Cake

My sister got this heart shaped bundt cake pan for herself…and although she tried to find another one for me, she couldn’t. So what does she do? She sends me hers…all the way from Austin, Texas. That’s how my sister is…sending me something she loves just to make me happy! You can find this heart shaped bundt pan on Amazon: Nordic Ware 55548 Cast-Aluminum Elegant Heart Bundt Pan

 

HeartPan

 

Now coming to this post…I’m not a fan of blueberries…for those who’ve been checking out my blog regularly, you probably already know that I LOVE raspberries, and strawberries. But blueberries are not my thing. But then this cake… this amazing cake! What can I say; this cake just changes my ‘feelings’ for blueberries! :)

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Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake

Today we fasted the 7th day of the Holy month of Ramadhan…the month where millions of muslims fast from dusk to sunset for 30 days (or 29 depending on the lunar cycle).

In reality, although it may seem that the fasting that’s going on is refraining from eating or drinking, it is not! There’s more to this glorious month

 

This month is the month of cleansing…cleansing your mind, body and soul..

 

And, we cleanse  every day over and over again for 30 days with the hope that our good and positive actions remain habits…and, with the hope that our bad habits are dropped permanently…

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Eggplant Salad in Crispy Cups

We’re salading today…and not just any salad…

Eggplant Salad…and we’re mixing in some peppers..

and some potatoes..

and we top it off with a delicious yogurt mayonnaise and garlic sauce!!

oh and guess what…

we’re serving it in edible cups…edible crispy cups!! And we’re doing it all right here…right now!!! :)))

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