Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas - My "Grown Up Wishlist"

Grown Up Wishlist

It's Christmas time! YEAH!

Hello you all, Oh my it has been a while that I have been blogging, but here I am back once again! Guess what, I moved again! Still by the sea, still in Mersin, still in Turkey Yeah! I am loving it here.This time a cozy little place. We're still decorating but hey... our Christmas tree is standing!

Found some wonderful gifts for my family and some of my friends and then thought, what about a few gifts for myself... haha...  Some things that we still need here at the new cozy place. and a few items just for me! :-)

I am excited to show you my "wishlist"

 Lotus leaf ceramic plates, Chunky, soft, and extremely cozy floor pillows, Camp stool, Banana leaf storage basket (For each Banana Leaf Rectangle sold, the artisan is able to pay for annual health insurance for one family member!), Rose botanica travel candle, Mon Cher journal linen diary, Eye reviver illuminating neutrals palette, Sea fan & sand necklace (This couldn't be more me!! LOVE!), Feather cuff ring.

I found all these wonderful items at the Spring store! 
Actually to tell you the truth, this list could have been soooo much longer haha! Saw so much that I love, Lucky me though, not long after the New Year, my birthday comes up, I might just make me another list then ! :-) hehe....

Lotus leaf ceramic platesChunky, soft, and extremely cozy floor pillows, Camp stool, Banana leaf storage basket (For each Banana Leaf Rectangle sold, the artisan is able to pay for annual health insurance for one family member!), Rose botanica travel candle, Mon Cher journal linen diary, Eye reviver illuminating neutrals palette, Sea fan & sand necklace (This couldn't be more me!! LOVE!), Feather cuff ring.

It for sure is the more exciting time of the year!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Recipe: Rose And Poppy Syrup - Gül Ve Gelincik Şurubu

Rose Syrup

Something with roses again. 
Remember I got so many petals the other day when I was preparing the white chocolate rose truffles? Today, on my morning walk I picked some poppy flowers. Went home and prepared a rose syrup. A quick and easy thing to do, but now I need patience as it will have to wait for at least one month. It will be ready to use right on time though. It's getting warmer here everyday, but then it will be hot here and we'll be then able to prepare some refreshing drinks and cocktails. 
Oh I can't wait!

Rose Syrup Recipe -
Rose And Poppy Syrup

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Recipe: Rose Petal Chocolate Truffles

Rose Petal Truffles

Another wonderful day here in Mersin, Turkey. 
I had so much fun with the preparation of these rose petal truffles.  This morning I went for a nice walk along the beach and this is where I got the idea to do something with rose petals, maybe because I saw all the roses in bloom everywhere? Then I remembered that I wanted to use the red beet juice I preserved the other day after making the red beet hummus.  Alright, I thought what about pink chocolate to coat rose petal truffles? ... and so, I went on to the store to get a few more ingredients and then back home to the compound by the sea. We have a wonderful garden here full of all kind of flowers and of course lots of roses. YAY! So I walked up to one of the guards and asked if I could get some, Someone later delivered me a bag full of pretty pink rose petals. Way more than I needed, already thinking of other things to do with them, perhaps a nice jam.

Rose Petal Chocolate Truffles  - Recipe -
Rose Petal Chocolate Truffles 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Recipe: Red Beet Hummus

Red Beet Hummus Dip with Yogurt

We love dips, especially healthy ones, oh.. and if they look good on top of it! 
Even more sooo..
Today I prepared a red beet hummus dip.... delish! 
If you've never had it, you should for sure try!

Red Beet Hummus Dip -
Red Beet Hummus Dip

Friday, May 8, 2015

Recipe: Strawberry Salad with Honey Dressing

Strawberry Salad 

Friday is market day!
So I went to the local weekly "pazar" again.
Brought back strawberries, little sweet ones! Nomnom!
... and other ingredients as I felt like making a strawberry salad with a honey dressing.

Sharing with you....

Strawberry Salad With Honey Dressing -
Strawberry Salad with Honey Dressing

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Recipe: Ginger Detox Drink and Orange Blossom Truffles

Healthy Morning Drink

Good morning! 

Well if you are like me, you are excited about the better weather, which means, picnics in the park, trips to the beach, hiking in the mountains.... all of a sudden we show more parts of our bodies and we wonder if we look ok  and we believe we should most probable loose a little weight. 
Well I do, always gain a few pounds during Winter. The good thing is though, again, as for me. I am more outside when the weather is better, longer walks and such of course help you get back in shape as well. One thing that helps me out and that I have every morning, not only for the sake of loosing a bit weight but also because it is a healthy habit and gives me energy, is a green tea with ginger, mint, turmeric, honey and fresh lemon juice. At first I found the ginger so strong in taste but I got so used to it that I now look forward to prepare and drink this tea, because I came to love it much!

Healthy ginger tea with mint, honey, turmeric and lemon -
Ginger tea with mint, honey, turmeric and lemon 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Recipe: Loquat Tart

Loquat Tart With Almonds

Good Sunday everyone. 
Today, as I mentioned yesterday I did use some of the loquats I got the other day. I decided to bake a tart, a bit as I would do with apricots actually. It's a simple one that taste great!. We especially loved the almonds with it, tasted a bit like marsepein which we all love.

Loquat Tart with Almonds - Recipe -
Loquat tart
I had never eaten loquats before I came to Turkey, don't think I even ever saw them in Belgium (where I am from). Well now I look forward to Spring in Turkey because that is when we can find them everywhere. So you see, better enjoy them when you can, because they don't last very long on the trees as the birds love therm very much too.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Recipe: Artichoke Hummus

Artichoke Hummus

A beautiful sunny day here in Mersin, Turkey.
Love it, all sliding doors open and a lovely breeze coming in from the sea while I am preparing this yummy healthy artichoke hummus.

Artichoke Hummus - recipe -
Artichoke Hummus

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Recipe: Ezogelin Çorbası or Turkish Red Lentil Soup

Turkish Red Lentil Soup

Ezogelin çorbası or "The soup of Ezo the bride" is a hearty soup made from red lentils and bulgur. 

Recipe:  Ezogelin Çorbası or Turkish Red Lentil Soup -
 Ezogelin çorbası

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Recipe: Sesame Cookies

Sesame Cookies With Tahini

Felt like baking  again today and made yummy sesame cookies this time. 
They are so good! 
 I enjoyed them with a glass of green tea and have to hold myself not to eat them all. haha..... 
They are so easy to make and are great for gifting, just as the almond cookies I made the other day.

Sesame Cookies With Tahini -
Sesame cookies with tahini