September Eats @ Home

5 10 2014

Cooking from three different “homes”.

Lunching on edamame @ home on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Lunching on edamame @ home on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

A Sunday luncheon with mother’s cooking.  The best.

Another sunny Saturday lunch.

Another sunny Saturday lunch.

Practice-cooking for guests the following week.

Practice-cooking for guests the following week.

Guests @ home for the first time in a few years due to slightly out-of-order house appliance.

Guests @ home for the first time in over a year due to slightly out-of-order home appliance which I finally had replaced the week before.

Jody's salad.

Jody’s salad.

http://thegarumfactory.net/2014/09/12/easy-antipasto-peaches-and-prosciutto-with-fresh-mozzarella-and-mint-pesto/

Missing a couple of dishes from the event.  The clams as above and a red bell pepper mousse.

Helped my best friend get ready for her move and went to see her new house which her architect husband designed.  Her sister brought over lunch.

Helped my best friend get ready for her move and went to see her new house which her architect husband designed. Her sister brought over lunch.





The Final Moments in Berlin

1 10 2014

Finishing up my travel journey to Warsaw and Krakow, Poland and Berlin, Germany with this post.  Just some photos from the last hours spent in Berlin with my friend Antje and taking off from Tegel to Tokyo via Paris.

Antje's old apartment building

Antje’s old apartment building

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Saturday Cooking Time!

5 08 2014

I was going to be out all day this past Sunday so moved my cooking day forward to the Saturday and went for the Turkish version of moussaka, a great summer dish.

First things first on this extremely hot Saturday.

First things first on this extremely hot Saturday.

I would have preferred to use lamb but not available where I went to shop.

I would have preferred to use lamb but not available where I went to shop.

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I was risking to cook this oven-baked dish w/o having a proper oven.  My so-called oven toaster/microwave will have to suffice.

I was risking to cook this oven-baked dish w/o having a proper oven. My so-called oven toaster/microwave will have to suffice.

And it did.

And it did.

Perfect.

Perfect. And sweet from the onion.

Great chilled, too, eaten the next morning.

Great chilled, too, eaten the next morning.





Holiday Cooking Time!

22 07 2014

It was my mother’s 79th birthday yesterday which happened to be a national holiday.  The plan was to take my parents out to a nice French dinner but she called in the morning to say Gen was sick so we rescheduled which led me to cook again last night.

First things first.

First things first.

I am working on the Turkish cookbook again.

I am working on the Turkish cookbook again.

Here comes “etli biber dolmasi” literally “stuffed pepper with meat”.  The recipe said use either beef or lamb.  I preferred lamb but where I went to shop didn’t have the right kind so settled with beef.

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I did not have a pan that was just right for cooking this dish so used something that was on the small side which forced me to 1) cook the sauce separately and 2) to cook over very low heat so while the recipe did not tell you to steam, that’s what I ended up doing.  Worked OK.

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I had trouble finding the right serving dish for them, too. At the end used a bowl I bought in Istanbul but still too wide and too low.

I was only cooking half of what the recipe called for (which I always do) but I was still one green pepper short so the filling became meatballs afterwards.





Sunday Cooking Time!

21 07 2014

I am continuing with the Turkish recipe by Kyoko Ogino, partly because everything in her book seems so easy and simple to make and very delish at the same time.

This was one of those things.

First things first.

First things first.

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Fish theme.

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Done.

Ahhhhh. Delish.

Now that was simple.  You just (nicely) dump everything into the pan and voilà!  And so good, too.  Hooray for “balik güveç”, the Turkish version of ratatouille with fish.





Sunday Cooking Time!

14 07 2014

Yet another Turkish dish from Kyoko Ogino to spice up a Sunday evening and this time it’s “Izgara Köfte” or Turkish meatballs although this version is not “balls” and look more cylindrical.

First things first.

First things first.

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Great looking lamb.

Thank heavens for blenders.

Thank heavens for food processors.

In case you’re interested, the “grill” you see in the last picture above is a typical fish grill that comes with the cooking stove in Japan in lieu of a typical western (yes, that’s very western) oven under the stove.  Looks like below photos with an overhead grill (and no heat from underneath but the small room gets very hot, fast).  The last photo shows the panel for the temperature controlled stove above for such dishes as tempura and cooking rice although most people cook rice in an automated, computerized rice cooker.  (Not me.  I’ve never owned a rice cooker.)

 

Done.  Lamb smelling delish.

Done. Lamb smelling delish.

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Sunday Cooking Time!

8 07 2014

Continuing with the Turkish theme in my cooking and not having eaten the huge zucchini I had bought a week ago, this Sunday I decided to go for a kind of Turkish pancake “mücver” which in the recipe was described as “oyaki” but it was more like “okonomiyaki“.

First things first.

First things first.

This is the front of the bottle.  A freebie created for a friend's company anniversary.

This is the front of the bottle. A freebie created for a friend’s company anniversary.

The recipe called for two zucchinis but one was more than enough.

The recipe called for two zucchinis but one was more than enough.

 

Making the yoghurt sauce first.

Making the yoghurt sauce first.

In the bowl I bought in Istanbul.  Love the blue tulips.

In the bowl I bought in Istanbul. Love the blue tulips.

Done.

Done.

The following day…

Doing a bigger version.

Doing a bigger version.

Now that really looks like an okonomiyaki.

Now that really looks like an okonomiyaki.

Decided to season it okonomiyaki style.

So decided to season it okonomiyaki style.

Works either way.








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