"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!


The Food of Turkey: Turkish Delights:Healthy Eating:


Source photo: http://turkeyworld.tv/general/links.html

The month of May was too short to celebrate all of the cuisines of the Mediterranean, so forgive me if I continue into the month of June. I would like to talk a little bit about the food of Turkey. 

I visited this country about 17 years ago and was enchanted by the cuisine. I had incredible vegetable dishes with olives and eggplants and a creamy cheese covered in honey and pistachios that I will never forget... and of course kebabs.. Fantastic marinaded  lamb and beef dishes. My favorite dessert was a wonderful small melon cut in half and filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with honey. They have the most delicious honey... it is great on their scrumptious yogurt too. 

All day long in Istanbul vendors carry around silver trays with glass cups of steaming apple tea into stores around the city. Talk about being environmentally friendly... no paper cups. no garbage.

As a judge for The Family Recipe Challenge for The Very Good Recipe blog directory I was introduced to a Turkish cooking blog: Ozlem Turkish Table that I recommend to you to learn more about this fabulous Mediterranean cuisine. 

My Menu Plan for the Week:

Meatless Monday: Cheese Manicotti with red sauce

Tuesday: French Lentils with Black Olive Tapenade, Tuna Lentil Lemon Salad with Ciabatta Rolls and European Butter 

Wednesday: Eggplant Parmesan with salad and Rustic Rolls

Thursday: Maya Kaimal Coconut Curry Sauce (store bought) with Langoustine with brown rice and roasted vegetables

Saturday: Herbed chicken artichoke with roasted potatoes

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  1. I visited Turkey three years ago but wasn't there long enough to really wander. Since I like to read good fiction/novels about places I have explored or am going to visit, I thought the following might bring back some good memories for you also. Joseph Karon (who wrote The Good German") has a new fin de guerre thriller set in the postwar period of WW II (even though Turkey was a neutral teritory during the war) entitled "Istanbul Passage". It was reviewed Sunday morning in the NYTimes, sounds good, think I'll read it. Maybe you or your husband would enjoy it.

    1. I'll put it on my summer reading list. Have you read any of Orhan Pamuk: My Name is Red, or Snow. Kinda of heavy stuff but he is an amazing Turkish writer.

  2. Hi Diane,
    I am delighted to find your blog and thank you very much for your kind mention of Ozlem's Turkish Table; Turkish food is indeed healthy, easy, delicious and fun to share - as a matter of fact, with lots of mezze plates always on the table, sharing is a big part of our culture:)

    By the way, both Snow and My Name is Red are incredible reads by Orhan Pamuk; it takes a little while to get into but then you stay there, his language is amazing.

    1. I realized I didn't tell you that I was mentioning your blog. I was just about to send you a note... glad you got a surprise. So glad I found your blog too.

  3. Diane,
    I visited Turkey about three years ago and was mezmorized! Who could forget the food? Thanks for the wonderful pictures and food memories. I'm heading over to Ozlem's Turkish Table.. thanks.

    1. It really is a fascinating place both culturally and culinarily a real crossroads.

  4. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.


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