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
Would you eat your own chickens? I know I won’t. Basically for culinary reasons; by the time they have enough flesh on their bones their meat is firm, tough and requires good cooking skills not to dry it out too much. So let’s do something with their eggs instead; this chard frittata with blue cheese.
Let me introduce you to my new chicks!
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!
Waiting for some baked goodiness to cool down enough to eat it, is one of the hardest parts of baking. I’ll keep on dribbling to the kitchen, sniffing up the good aromas, testing if it’s cool enough to cut of a piece, trying to keep in mind these Fruity Oat Bars are completely worth it.
>> Can you wait?
French fries or bright yellow beans?
What? … Do you think this is a difficult choice?
But what if I tell you that they both these long yellow stalks (!) led into this recipe for Watermelon Tomato Salsa?
>>Let me explain!
Last Sunday I taught a No Recipes Class. But how does that work, cooking without recipes? Well, you can feel inspired by a nice color combination. Like I was when I came up with this Lavender Peach Dessert!
>>Get the (no-)recipe
Two small Ziplock bags full of goooood juices. And a cup of braised veggies.
That inspired me to make this Pilaf with tomato, bell pepper and stir fried zucchini and feta on top.
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Do you have those moments? That you cooked something, that you couldn’t stop talking about?
I do. And yes, I quoted myself in this blog’s title! 😉
It might overcome you when you make this Leek Mushroom Galette with za’atar and labneh.
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… and how I blog about it.
Take this wonderful Chicken risotto with zucchini as an example. Hopefully you can relate and cook this recipe one day.
>> Let me explain!
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.
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