kırmızı mercimek çorbası (red lentil soup)

I love the versatile lentil: the variety, flavor and convenience that these quick cooking pulses offer are all things I approve of. This Turkish soup is my favorite way to prepare red lentils. Velvety smooth like a bisque, I make it with even more vegetables than typically called for.    We ate this soup frequently…

another day at the office

cutest. kid. ever. I’m loving my new job. Finally getting into the swing of things, this week has been a whirlwind of tutorials. I have never worked with such a large group of middle school kids, and I am learning a lot myself about how to instruct them. They definitely need more concrete instructions than…

Food & Friends

fun with seagulls That’s what it’s all about, right? Gathering together, drinking wine, preparing dishes side by side, sharing stories. Making connections and building relationships through something that we all love and need, food. No matter where you live or who you are, food is bound to be a common tie, a place to begin…

Capadoccia Days

Every friend I have who has been to Turkeyhas told me I must visit Capadoccia. “It’s magical!” they all say. “One of the most amazing places I’ve ever been in my life!” So we went, and it was. Capadoccia is a region in central Turkeythat is well known for several interesting features. Everywhere you look…

A Delicious Day in Istanbul

 We have a very limited time here in Turkey, and an even more limited time in Istanbul. Certainly not enough time to dig our teeth into the nitty-gritty details of the culinary wonders, nor enough time to befriend people, go into their homes, and learn their recipes and ways. This is disappointing to me but…

in istanbul

Here I am in one of the oldest and culturally rich cities in the world. Yes, I went to the Hagia Sophia today and saw dozens of amazing mosaics crafted hundreds of years ago made of smalti and gold. But those are famous and easy to research elsewhere.  I was also taken by these orbs…

Merhaba!

the blue mosque Well, here we are in Istanbul! I don’t have any recipes for you yet, but I thought I’d check in.  It was a rough flight for me. Halfway through the 12 hour ordeal, I started to feel really crappy, and 24 hours later I still don’t feel right. I have been spending…

A New Veggie Voyage… 5 days & counting!

turkey-india friendship pin Have I mentioned that we are embarking on a six week veggie voyage through Turkey and India, starting Sunday? No? Oh, sorry. I’ve been too busy adding recipes and ideas to The Veggie Voyager, in order to gain a following so that I can do these things I love: traveling, eating ,…