Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cheshme (Çeșme) ll

Aegean Coast! Where the palm trees meet the pine trees. Alacati (Alachati) is a town on the Aegean coast of Turkey, has become one of the trendiest places to vacation. Its architecture, #vineyards, #windmills, #windsurfing, #kitesurfing, crystal clear water, beach clubs, stone houses, boutique hotels, restaurants with wood tables on the narrow streets, international fishing tournament (Alacati Big  Fish) which is open to all amateur fishermen, 1001 different types of weeds/herbs and Alacati (Alachati) 8th Annual Herb(wild weed) Festival which is held on the 6-9 April this year. I was there!

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Okay, maybe a lot of the world is still waiting for the warm weather, tasting spring mood, the amazingness of the spring flowers and grabbing up only a light jacket to go out..Now, I'm taking you guys with me to the Aegean cost! 
If  you have read my first post about this town Cesme (Cheshme) l you probably know what it's like.  

My son Aria took the photos and we had fun all day long tasting, watching, dancing, taking photos, hanging out on the lovely streets of Alachati. We tasted delicious and gastronomic dishes cooked by creative ladies besides buying fresh herbs and weeds.

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Lavender and Rosemary

Lavender is quite beneficial for health,
helps in convulsion and digestive issues.
Grilled rosemary-lemon chicken breast for dinner tonight. 
Cooking with fresh herbs is always more enjoyable and tasty.

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Bay leaves with the note of benefits for skin, hair and health.

Cooking with the freshly dried bay leaves gives a warm aroma I loved. 

Mastic gum is obtained from the resin of the Mastic tree, 
used in making desserts(ice-cream, jam, cookies) and also medicine.

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Mastic tree

Cesme (Cheshme)Turkey and 
Cios (Greek Island) is 
the souce of  mastic resin.

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Mastic cookies

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Endless varieties of delicious layered pastries 
with herbs, spicies, cheese, meat called 'Borek'

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'Nettle' was the main theme of 
Alachati Weed Festival this year.
Soups, pastries, salads and more.. 

Nettle tea is a great 
health-boosting herb, offers 
numerious benefits
 including kidney problems, 
its ability to stop both 
internal and external bleeding.

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Fresh Artichokes

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Rice pilaf with artichoke and dill

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Zucchini Flower Dolma 

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An amazing food show to taste, prepared in a number of tasty ways
different types of the huge variety of local herbs, weeds like 
Ebegumeci(hibiscus), Karabas otu(lavandula), Turp otu(radish root), 
Sevketi Bostan( a type of thistle), Radika (chicory) and more.

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There was an explosion of ice-cream options in Cheshme. 
Tiramisu ice-cream was extremely delicious!

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Olive varieties..Homemade olive oil in bottles

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Alacati (Alachati)

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Spring flowers

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My handsome photographer :)

Happy Spring!!! 🐦 Happy Easter!!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pick me!!! Love me!!! II

I was sitting on a bank on the shore yesterday and spoke to a lady that was sitting next to me. The subject was about fresh veggies, fresh squeezed fruit juice instead pasteurized and also talked about medicine fruit, grapefruit. She said that she has a glass of grapefruit every morning. After a while, I learned more about her. She was using an antidepressant.
Adding a glass of grapefruit to your breakfast, might be dangerous sometimes, depends on the medicine you take or dossage taken, I said.
She said, that is just a fruit and vitamin-C. What could possibly be dangerous about grapefruit.
At least she accepted to ask her doctor about it.
Eating grapefruit and drinking it's juice is a big helper to reduce body fat, might have a lower risk of getting cancer as so many researches indicate. A cup of Vitamin C-rich food like grapefruit provides all day's worth of Vitamin C. Those are all true!

So, what could possibly be dangerous about a fruit?
As soon as I got back home, refreshed my knowledge, searched and remembered the post Pick me!!!..Love me!!!  I made in 2010. I needed to share it with you guys with this little but very important detail today. National Grapefruit Month is February, but I missed it.

Over four years, researches show that, grapefruit does interact with some medications for anti-cancer, anti-infective, anti-cholesterol, cardiovascular, central nervous system, gastrointestinal, immuno suppressants and urinary tract.

Grapefruit is the biggest treat, bitter oranges (Seville oranges) and lime might have a similar effect with some medicines, from what doctors say.

Bottom line, if you like to eat this fruit or drink grapefruit juice, better talk to your doctor before starting a new medication. If there is no reason not to eat this wonderful fruit, this post below will give you more ideas to enjoy it!
Pick me!...Love me!!!

Do you have grapefruit in your fridge?
I'm loving this refreshing fruit, it can be enjoyed any time of day.

* It can be tossed in your green salad. (My favorite 😀)

* It can be juiced fresh(yummy for breakfast) Very helpful to weight loss!

* It can be layered with strawberry yogurt and granola.

* It can also be sautéed, made into marmalades or jellies.. Read more

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy New Year!!!

Are you home at New Year's Eve? Do you like bacon? Here is a yummy and easy appetizer recipe you can add to your fun night, your loved ones would love! 

Bacon Wrapped Spinach with Cheese

Nope! It's not a chicken recipe! These easy and time saver bites are also a life saver for your bacon lover guests.

2 cups shredded cheddar
2 cups baby spinach/cut into thin strips
( chiffonade)
1/2 cup chopped onion
pepper, salt
bacon slices 

In a medium bowl toss the cheddar, spinach and onion together with salt and pepper. Wrap each spoon stuffing with a slice of bacon/secure with toothpicks if you need it. Place on a baking sheet.
Bake for 15~18 minutes in the preheated oven (350 degrees F/175 degrees C), until the bacon is cooked through.
Simple and yummy!
Garnish with shredded mozarella and cheddar.

When the New Year rolls around, makes us think what happened all year long, gives us a thought to make wishes and hope for a new start for a pretty new year. Every new thing leads us straight to the next set of steps in our future.

" In the New Year, may your hearts always be full of love, forgiveness, positivism and leave the door open to let your dreams in" 

 Keep hoping,
Happy New Year!!! 😊

yonca's kitchen is 9 years old! 👑


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