Imam bayildi – is what you get when you don’t listen to me!

Malijano or Malidjano is a popular eggplant spread in Macedonia. Here's my recipe for it! EGGPLANT-illustration and recipe by EDIE EATS by Edith Dourleijn

As a cooking instructor I like it when people listen to me. Follow my guide and instructions. At the same time I tell them not to listen too much to me. It has not really something to do with this recipe for the Turkish classic Imam bayildi, but in a way it does.

Imam bayildi is one of my all time Summer favorites. Ever since I learned to make these vegetarian, damn, vegan even, stuffed eggplants in 2006, I make them multiple times per Summer. They’re that good!

>> Let’s head over to the recipe

Will my new friend like this Oven roasted tomato sauce with bell pepper?

Arugula Pasta with Fennel Sausages and TOMATOES -- illustration and recipe by EDIE EATS by Edith Dourleijn

I like talking about food, and about cooking in particular.
Actually, this became my main premise for meeting new people after immigrating: I guessed that when they’re interested in food, there is a big chance that we might like each other! So I really hope my new Italian food friend will approve of this Oven roasted tomato sauce with bell pepper that I served over pasta.

>> Let me tell about how we met!

How one led to another. This Turkish chicken stew with lots of veggies

5 Bell Peppers Paella -RED BELL PEPPER- recipe and illustration by Edie Eats Food Blog by Edie Dourleijn

What do you do, when you have no inspiration what to cook at all? I mean, when nothing seems to be the right dish for the day? Thankfully, I have a nice repertoire of useful recipes to fall back on, but I must admit, those aren’t my favorite cooking days.

I prefer the days when inspiration flows with every food item I see. Like that day I made up this Turkish chicken stew with lots of veggies.

.- >> Here’s what I came up with