Honey bee Quince

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My mother told me a lot about how they were happy when they had a chance to get a quince from the tree; they were putting it in their wardrobes between their clothes to give nice smell to their clothes at that times when they did not have perfumes. I can imagine quince scented wardrobes it was very nice, safe and healthy way to smell good…. and she adds those time the quinces and all fruits were smelling really good but now days unfortunately and sadly they didn’t…  and after it begins to getting ripe in the wardrobe they took it and made it into a dessert like this — during those days nothing was to throw but to use it use it reuse it! When she prepare this dessert always as I use to ask her what were they doing that times it’s always nice to hear old quality stories especially during long winter nights.

Favorite winter dessert!

I’m always getting very exited when doing this veryyy simple but amazing dessert. The smell, the taste, the look Oh my GOD it’s terrific!

This is why honey bees like it :)))

First you need fire if you have fire place or stove like me you are very lucky you just have to wait until the log is turn to a nice fire it’s relaxing to sit in front and watch for a while.

Come on get up it’s time to take one nice smelled organic quince wash it well.

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I wish I had a tree.

Wrap it with aluminium foil like this

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Put it on top of the fire-coals. I remember my mom was covering it with fire-coals as well you can do the same or turn it every 10 min. to cook every part of it.

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I check it out. It wasn’t cooked yet it wasn’t soft and the skin should be burned. Cover the foil again put on fire-coals to wait more.

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It should be burned more than the picture more than half of it should be burned. This takes 40 min. with me because I didn’t have enough coals and the quince was big.  If you have enough coal and to cover it with them maybe this will take 15 or 20 min. I think.

Remove it from foil cut it in half first.

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Peel the burned skin. Remove the seeds from the pits. It smells amazing.

Put 1 tsp of honey in each half of quince cut nice slices. If you like more honey drizzle over more honey or you can serve it with scoop of ice cream.

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This is for 2 person but I ate all of it veryyummmmyyyy.

The end…. happily!

Nothing left behind sorry.

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Cauliflower Pasta

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I opened the refrigerator and see I have cauliflower that I bought last week so I start to think what can I create today?? Different, delicious, easy, simple, healthy. Okay I find it! Cauliflower pasta with garlic yogurt mmmm…. sounds good healthy smart

Let’s create

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1 cup pasta

1-1/2 cups cauliflower cut into small pieces

1 cup greek yogurt

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp pressed garlic

On top (optional but yummy)

1 tsp hot pepper flakes

1 tsp olive oil

Cook the pasta with water and salt as it says on it’s own package.

Add olive oil and cauliflower stir for 1-2 min.

Add just little bit of boiling water and salt and cover the lid let boil 5-8 min until it gets soft but firm as pasta.

Combine cauliflower and pasta let them cool.

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Combine yogurt and garlic take tablespoon fulls put on top of cauliflower pasta.

In small pot combine olive oil and hot pepper let them 1-2 min to heat then drizzle over the yogurt.

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It looks mouth watering & Tastes fantastic!

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organic abu-annuch

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This eggplant recipe was made a day after when I made eggplant mazza so you can grill your eggplants a day before but as you can see they get brown this time because I didn’t soak them in lemon juice and use them immediately anyway the taste is same just the color is darker. If as me you like to eat it simply with bread and yogurt with fresh mint or you can eat it with meat or rice as how you like. Just use your creativity!

What you need to get started is

1/2 cup organic eggplant (2 small or 1 big)

1 egg (optional)

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

3 cloves of garlic

1 tsp sea salt

some parsley to decorate

Prepare the eggplants as same as eggplant mazza but don’t soak them into lemon juice use them directly.

Dice them finely or mash them (sometimes I like to cut them in small cubes you can do if you like).

If you use the egg first scramble the egg.

Heat the olive oil.

Put the eggs when they start to take shape stir them to create  small  pieces of eggs. (Like stir fried eggs)

Add eggplants cook them for 5 min.

Add salt and garlic cook 5 min. more.

That’s it it’s ready! it’s easy and quick for a delicious dish isn’t it?

Give it a nice shape decorate it with some parsley or herbs and enjoy!

Vegan Warm Salad

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This is great for winter!

If you will ask is this salad really served warm?? Yes it is, it’s different and especially for winter time it’s warming and always nice to try something unusual isn’t it this is the way to learn end explore more.

While you are recycling every part of the food you are creating delicious, healthy dish!

When I’m buying veggies as today I did I removed all unused and old leafs or sometimes peels of vegetables as well you can use all kind of veggies like carrot peels beet leafs etc… but please be sure they are not poisonous or harmful for your health today the salad made from winter veggies. 

And please don’t forget to soak the veggies 1 hour in vinegar water before you use them!

You can reduce or add more it depend on how much old and unused leafs and parts you have.

3 red cabbage leafs

2  cabbage leafs

roots and leafs of broccoli

roots and leafs of cauliflower

2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp of salt

2-3 cloves of garlic diced (optional)

1 lemon juice

1/2 cup of boiling water

Cut all of the vegetables as you like

I like to cut them into thin stripes

add olive oil if you will use garlic add it with olive oil

add the veggies

start to stir them for 2-3 minutes

add boiling water

cover with lid cook for 2-3 minutes more or if you like them softer cook them 5 to 6 min.

Add the salt stir

At the end when you serve your warm salad add the lemon juice and stir.

Enjoy winter beauty with winter veggies!

Traditional Organic Melon Seed Soup

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This soup is amazing we need just 3 ingredients melon seeds, coarsely ground wheat and water that’s it! very easy to make at the same time very healthy I think this recipe is created when the people were short of food and using everything instead of throwing it away it is recycle recipe I love using every part of food not throwing it it’s very good habit to cultivate ( I usually collect the melon seeds by myself after cutting and eating the flesh of melon remove the seeds and wash them with help of a strainer then put them on plate and sun dry them) and especially buying and cooking small amount of food is better than buying and cooking a lot and then throw it to the garbage please buy and cook with awareness  don’t forget there is many people who can’t even find what you throw to the garbage!

Less is more and healthier, cheaper and better.

2 cups organic sun dried water melon seeds unsalted

2 cups coarsely ground wheat

1- 1/2  lt water

cinnamon, sugar, salt optional

Rinse the coarsely ground wheat

Add 1 lt water soak it 30 min.

Boil it 40 min or until cooked well and begin to get thick.

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Roast the melon seeds for 10 min or less they shouldn’t change their color.

After 10 min. grind them very well they should be powdered.IMG_0676

Boil 1/2 lt. of water add half of the water on powdered melon seeds and stir until it’s very white

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Take strainer over the well cooked coarsely ground wheat pour the melon seeds milk from strainer.

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Repeat the same thing with remaining water.

drain it well.

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Ready to sip!

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You can add any flavor you like salt,sugar or sugar and cinnamon which I hearted!

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Profiterol from scratch!

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As like me do you think it’s very hard or impossible to make this delicious filled puffs called profiterol because at Istanbul at Inci Profiterol I ate many times this delicious profiterols and every time I ate them I think they are the best profiterols around the world! but when I ask myself how can I make them or at least is it possible to make them at home? The answer was Oh impossible!

Until I tried to make them from scratch very surprisingly  they were very easy to make and this one is guaranteed recipe. When I was serving this to my family and friends always asking me where I bought them but the truth is I made them at home! even still I can’t believe that I can make them at home from scratch.

So here it’s the recipe for you to try and see!

For Puffs

1 cup water

1/2 cup butter

1/4 tsp salt

1 -1/4 cups flour

4 large eggs at room temperature

For Filling

1- 1/2 cups heavy cream or whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix

For Chocolate

1/2 cup sugar

2 tbs flour

1 tbs full cocoa powder

1 cup milk

Chocolate

Put all ingredients in pan stir occasionally, boil (3-5 min.)until it gets thick.

Fillig
Stir all ingredients together until you have thick filling.

Let it set 1 hour in refrigerator or you can prepare it one night before.

The Puffs

preheat oven 200 degrees.

Combine water, butter and salt in medium pan heat until butter melted.

Bring to rolling boil.

Add flour all at once stirring vigorously until smothes out and flows the spoon around pan. (this should take less than 30 seconds)

Remove it from heat cool it 5-10 min. it should be lukewarm.

With mixer beat the eggs one at a time in lukewarm mixture after adding the last egg continue beating 1 minute more.

Take 1 teaspoon full of the dough and drop it on parchment papered pans leave 1 inch between the puffs.

bake them 20 min. when they turn medium golden brown.

Remove them and cut a slit into the sides of puffs.

Return them to oven cook them 5 min. more.

Remove them and let them cool on a rack.

Gently open each puff alone natural fault line.

Fill bottom with 2 teaspoons of filling and replace with the top half.

Put all filled puffs on serving plate pour the chocolate on top put it in refrigerator.

Enjoy with loved ones !

I think it will be your one of the best loved recipe!

Qrimothe

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Do you like sweets made with sugar syrup like baklawa?

If yes!  I think you will gonna like this too it’s kind of doughnut but the taste and the texture is different we call this sweet Qrimothe.

I love Qrimothe but I try to not make them too often because they are so sweet and delicious to stop myself eating them!

Okey let’s start the batter

2 cups flour

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon-full instant yeast

1-1/2 cups water

1 egg

1 tablespoon of sugar

To Fry

1 or 2 cups oil (it depend on size of your pan)

For the Sugar Syrup

2 cups water

2,5 cups sugar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Let’s Do it! Do it Now!

In a bowl put flour, salt and make hole in center.

Add sugar, yeast ,water and egg.

Whisk them well.

Leave it for 20-30 min until it’s puffy.

For Sugar Syrup

Put sugar and water in a pan over medium heat.

Boil them until the syrup is thickened.

Add lemon juice and cool it completely.

To Fry

Put the oil in a deep pan over medium heat until it’s very hot.

With frosting bag or use plastic bag just cut from one corner of the bag small hole and squeeze batter in form of rings. If this is too hard for you.

Use this method. With a teaspoon take teaspoon-full (size of a nut) from batter and with help of another teaspoon slide the balls into hot oil but each time before taking the batter dip the teaspoon into hot oil to make more beautiful rounds.

shake carefully! the pan or with spatula turn the rings or rounds until they are golden brown in color.

Remove them from hot oil and still they are hot put them inside the cold syrup.

Soak them 10 min.

Serve them hot or cold.

Enjoy them with cup of hot tea, espresso or greek coffee!

(if you are using sugar in your tea or coffee try not adding sugar when you eating very sweet delicious things or just try some cinnamon stick instead of sugar)

Sham-burakat with Auntie

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Another yummy traditional family recipe!

I love very much being in the kitchen with my aunt because she’s very easy going and quick handed at the same time cooking and baking very deliciousss things yumm.

This week we diced to make sham-burakat  they are stuffed pie’s basically I like to call them half moons we chose to make them with meat but I like the cheese version much more.

Before starting the recipe please don’t forget always adjust the salt and seasonings  just as how much you like it and less is more.

How to do filling

3 cups finely chopped onions

4 cups medium ground meat any kind you like (pork, beef etc.)

1/2 cup finely chopped red pepper or green

1 cup finely chopped parsley

1 tbs salt

1 tbs hot pepper flakes

1 tbs pepper paste

1/2  tbs black pepper

1/2 cup butter

Put the butter and meat over high heat and continuously stir to not be stick with each other and to be cooked all over same until it gives the water and again there is no water.

Add onions and salt stir until onions well cooked.

Add peppers saute.

Add black pepper, chili and pepper paste.

Remove from the heat finely add parsley stir well let it cool completely.

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How to do dough

1 kilo flour

2 tbs instant yeast

1 tsp salt

1 egg

1 cup milk

1 cup lukewarm water

1/2 cup olive oil

Put all ingredients and knead them well until it forms nice and soft dough.

Cover it with cloth and let it be doubled about 1 hour.

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Preheat oven to 250  degrees.

Cut big chestnut sized balls from the dough each time about 6 or 7 balls.

On floured surface open the balls into 7 or 8 inches rounds or as much you like them thicker or thinner.

Spread on half of the rounds filling then fold them on half moon shape and with your fingers or cutter as it shown in the picture you can close them.

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put them on baking sheet.

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Bake them until they turn golden brown or little bit more is just fine.

when you remove them from the oven brush them with butter.(optional)

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Instead of oven the traditional and more delicious way is to  cook them on pan over stove with little bit of butter turning each side until is bubbled to brown spots in each side and another method is which I don’t like it is to deep fry them they turn very greasy this way but some people like it but my aunt using new oven method which is healthier, cleaner and easier way to cook them in oven she says.

So you have 3 methods you can try all or choose which sounds best for you!

Traditional Apricot Jam with Grandma

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It’s always nice to bake&cook with grandmas.

This is our grandma’s special apricot recipe which we made it together this summer. When grandma is in the kitchen for us it’s great way to reach the top tips&surprise secrets of her recipes and for her to pass the delicious family recipes to grandchildren and sometimes the greatest thing is just to do and share something together.

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Let’s start Jamming grandmas traditional way!

1 kilo apricot

1 kilo sugar

1 lemon juice

remove all apricots seeds as seen belove

Put them in big plate the pitted side up

Sprinkle all the sugar on top of them

Leave them in the sun for one day or just leave them one day

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Put them in pan and bring them to boil then reduce the heat.

Cook them 20 min. more

Add the lemon juice and take it  from the stove.

Cool completely.

Put in the jars.

Tightly close the lids of jars.

Store it in cool dark place or just give it to someone who need or worth that!

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Happy lovely jamming!

Organic Pomegranate Jam

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My new discovery comes from pomegranate seeds it’s very new for me and tell you the truth until I tried it I didn’t know if It was really something that I will  like it or not it was very easy to make and unbelievably delicious taste.

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What you need

2 cups organic pomegranate seeds

1 cup sugar (if you love more sugar you can add until 2 cups)

1 juice of lemon

Put Pomegranate seeds in broad and little bit  deep dish

Cover them with sugar

leave them over night

put them in pan

bring them to boil

then reduce the heat and cook them for 40 min.

let them cool completely then put it in the jars store it in dark and cool place.

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Isn’t that a big surprise comes from lovely pomegranate seeds!