I always love when other bloggers post random facts about themselves. These are mine or at least the ones I could remember at the moment :)
1- I cannot eat soft texture fruits. No matter how great they taste. That's the reason I cannot even touch a melon. Same goes for bananas. However I LOVE artificial banana flavor or breads baked with banana (just not raw ones though). Once in a while when I feel my body lacks potassium I force myself to eat a banana and when I do I choose the most firm one I can get.
2- I like burnt food. Burnt toast and burnt rice (not all the way, a little burnt on the bottom) is my favorite.
3- I cannot eat certain foods without yogurt. I am coming from a family of Turkish-Zazaki with Cherkes-Greek blend and yogurt culture is huge in where I grow. Yogurt meant to be salty and eaten along side savory dishes. I cannot and will refuse to eat white rice or bulgur pilaf if there is no yogurt at home. My family cannot eat roasted spinach without topping with lots of yogurt. While loving yogurt I sparsely enjoy "ayran" as I believe it makes me sleepy (see below).
4- I like sleeping but i hate sleeping! I used to love sleeping but since I started my night shift job 2 years ago, I kind of hate sleeping as i believe it steals my quality time. And unfortunately when I need to sleep it's a nerve breaking huge task to try to fall a sleep during the daylight hours no matter how tired i am.
5- When people ask about my job I pretend to be complaining as I sense their expectation. I love my job for real though. Apart from the slight sleep deprivation, I like working in the nights and keeping days to myself. Sometimes I have so much time in my hands during the day I feel like I am unemployed and have to remind myself I do have a job and I shouldn't feel guilty of my free time.
6- I collect sent postcards. I started this collection when I was in high school. I used to go to second hand bookshops and spend hours there and loving the feeling of going through some old forgotten drawer, I used to pour over postcard collections to hours end. I have started with random but now the rules are very clear, it must have a stamp, it has to be postmarked and must contain at least a sentence or two. I am sad that I left it behind in my home country. I should add that collection to my list of things to bring here next time I fly there.
7- I like to go through old things, drawers, little boxes full with knick knacks, you name it. If it is old it has my name on it. My late grandmother had a box full of buttons from old cloths that I used to love to go through every Sunday. Every Sunday I would pull it out, pour it on the table and examine each and every button there as if I see them for the first time. I still remember the significant sweet smell of that box and some of the buttons even! Maybe I should add that box to my list of things to snatch. Ha!
8-I eat strawberry jam with feta cheese. Best combination of food ever. Period.
9- I have weird thoughts about death. Death is a natural thing for me and I don't cry or surprise and I dislike when people say things like how a death of someone is an unexpected early one. Every death is on time and just. I tend to prepare myself for the death of my loved ones. This started with my great grand mother. I clearly remember the time I took a good hard look at her when I was 12-13 and thought to myself that she is going to die one day. From that day on it was a natural thing for me and I was prepared when she died when I was 14. I once told this to my grandmother and regret it quickly when she bitterly asked me if I think such things about her too. Ouch.
10- I have Aspergers and I found out this only a year ago or two. I was excited and relieved at the same time that being able to have an explanation about why I am the way I am and stop trying to change myself.
Friday, November 8, 2013
We have tied two of four passionfruit plants we have in front of our bathroom windows so hopefully they will grow and obstruct the view so we will not need a curtain.
We have found some basil, mint and rosemary plants last week and I have divided the mint into three pots in hopes of it will grow more. Rosemary plant had a little bit misfortune as it was watered too much in the nursery and we could save only one stick. Basil grows strong with the right pruning method. We make basil tomato pasta with the pruning leaves and it is delicious.
I made a mistake and did not sort the mixed herb seed package so coriander, 2 types of parsley and french parsley are all growing in same pots. Plus we have some unidentified big leave plants there in the mix which I don't even know what it is. There supposed to be some borage in there but have no idea what its look like. No idea whatsoever! Ha! 3 ginger pieces I had planted growing nice and sturdy. Can't wait to dig them up.
We have pulled the huge weed that was next the door and planted some marigolds. It wasn't an easy decision.
I have planted some potato scraps and it was a success. We will keep adding soil until the pot is topped off. The other one is supposed to be cucumber. I got the seeds from a cuke I cut up for salad. Again no idea if those little things are cucumbers or weeds. We will see.
We also started some pepper seeds. I challenge Ally in this as he chose to stick some seeds in one of the passionfruit pots and I have started them in toilet paper rolls. We will see who will win!
As you can see I am the most ignorant container gardener on earth. But I cut myself a slack since this is my only second time. And I consider myself successful despite my shortcomings at recognizing plants.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Growing up my two favorite food was involving two different eggplant dishes. One of them was rice stuffed eggplant dish. A dish that I share the joy of its creamy goodness only with my great grandmother. No one but us would prefer to eat them. So my grandmother whenever she was to cook rice stuffed bell peppers she would add 2 stuffed eggplants: one for me and one for my great grandmother. I have yet to replicate this dish and my attempts so far failed greatly so I refrain from cooking them. The other dish, the dish which I am sharing today is tomato rice with eggplants which I love to cook whenever I need a quick comfort food. It is quite easy actually.
You grate or chop some tomatoes and cook it in oil with salt to taste, add the water (my rice to water ratio is 1:2 and I don't change this when cooking with tomato. I like my tomato rice a bit sticky) when water is boiling add the rice, give it a nice stir and cook over the smallest setting of your stove. While rice is cooking, peel 1 or 2 eggplants leaving some of the skin intact. Cut the eggplants lengthwise, then cut long strips and dice it very small. Put in a bowl and salt it, let it sweat out its bitterness. Right when your rice is done, heat some oil in a skillet for frying the eggplants. Squeeze the water out of them and when the oil is hot fry them until they are brown and crispy. And took them out directly on top of the rice. Fluff the rice before serving.
This dish as with all the other rice dishes in any Turkish household is best eaten with some yogurt on the side. Just take a dollop of yogurt and put on top of your rice. The creamy texture of eggplants with the tomato rice is just heavenly. A perfect comfort food indeed!
Soul Kitchen is a series of somewhat regular posts where I will be sharing our foodie adventures in the kitchen. What makes our kitchen from the soul is that we cook not only to satisfy our stomachs but our souls too. Each recipe cooked in our tiny little mess we like to call our kitchen is another reason for us to talk about our day as we unwind from the events of the day and hopefully create heirloom food traditions some day some place our children and their children will take pride in to replicate while remembering us...
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Just before we have traveled to Tanzania, I decided to open a blog to keep track of my 30 before 35 list. Then things happened fast and took a complete different route, forcing me to re-evaluate my goals. Now after 3 months I decided to start working towards my goals.
Most of these goals supposed to make me a better person who is satisfied with her own life and prepare me for the biggest goal of one's life: raising another human being with good values. Hopefully.
Run a 5k.
Go on a road trip.
Read the textbooks and virtually graduate from open university courses
Read 135 books
Watch 135 movies.
Give my parents one full paycheck.
Lose weight and get fit
Pay off all debt
Create my own recipe book with tried and loved recipes to pass on as heirloom
Try a different bread recipe every month
Go on a cruise.
Read the Holy Quran cover to cover
Complete my first novel
Get my teeth fixed
Learn to recite Quran
Take an overnight train ride
Travel. Like a lot
Send Myself A Postcard From Another Country
Learn Zazaki and be fluent.
Learn to play ukulele
Get Fluent in Portuguese
Start a non-profit organization
Do 100 consecutive push-ups
Organize a birthday party for my 35th birthday
Friday, October 4, 2013
Finally I found the perfect doily pattern suitable for a project I have in mind. Not much progress yet as I had only one hank of yarn which produced 9 doilies and the project is now on hiatus until I go to infamous Kariakoo to pick up some more yarn. Can't wait to complete this project. It will be beautiful!
There is a written pattern out there but as usual did not use the written instructions. I took a good look at the photo and that was enough. That's why the foundation of last rows are a bit different as with the rest of the numbers.
Find the original pattern here...