American woman, married to a Turkish man, trying to blend cultures and flavors and raise kids in a multi-cultural environment.
My favorite things to cook
I looooooove Turkish food! I am passionate about fresh food cooked simply that tastes beautiful. I try to use as little processed food as I can, but still keep my sanity. I love comfort foods like soups and pastries, but my favorite is cooking for a houseful of people and watching them really enjoy what I put on the table.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family of origin is American, so I grew up with overly-processed foods, poorly seasoned. Even though we lived on a farm and had fresh meat and vegetables from the garden, my mom was not much of a cook so the fresh veggies were canned and the only seasonings were salt (in abundance!) and pepper. I didn't discover garlic, cilantro, parsley, cumin, etc until I was in my 20s and 30s. Now in my 40s, I absolutely adore the different flavors that can be created following a trip to the spice store.
My cooking triumphs
Probably my greatest cooking triumph came when my Turkish mother-in-law decided that it was okay for me to use her kitchen. We had been staying with her in Istanbul for about a month and I was tired of eating out (she no longer cooked due to age and health deterioration), so I had my husband convince her to allow me to make a pot of soup. I went to the vegetable stand on the corner to stock up and a couple of hours later had a huge pot of good ol' beef vegetable soup--perfect for the cold, rainy weather we'd been having. She initially refused to have some, but after some coaxing to try it, she had two bowls and then pronounced that I could do the cooking from then on. And I did! What a compliment that she raved about my cooking to her friends.
My cooking tragedies
My one failing as a southern woman--I cannot make a decent biscuit. Shhhhh . . . Don't tell anyone.