A bloggy mom

A bloggy mom

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

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It was the first time, I let our cat, Zoey outside yesterday. She was spayed three weeks ago. She got so excited, jumped over the neighbor's backyards. She smelled eveything in our new backyard. Whenever I call her, she ran away from me. I was terrified she won't come back in a while. After a couple of hours, she was back to use her litter box!!! Funny ha?

After my mom passed away, we moved to the next city which my sister and brother live in.  April brings new things to my life every year!

Zoey was barely breathing when she got back home and slept all afternoon until Aria was back from school.

Last month of school year! What a tough winter it was! Can't wait for hot summer days. Sun, beach, stepping on sand, icecream, ice-coffees and Pina colada!! Spending time with family members, good friends and also good food, yummy recipes from yonca's kitchen :-)
You're all welcome!
Anything I forgot?

Pina Colada...brings summer breeze!! Nothing says summer and vacation
like a Pina Colada! Mmm..delicious!!




Pina Colada

2 ounces light rum
2 ounces pineapple juice
1 1/2 ounces cream of coconut 
Pineapple wedges
Marashino cherry for garnish
Ice

Place all the ingredients into the blender. Blend until a smooth consistency. Pour into a glass(chilled), then add your garnish. Ready to serve! What is your favorite summer drink?

Welcome summer!!!

This is the first Mother's Day without my mom.. It has been 3 months since she passed away,  I still feel that she is still alive and waiting for me to come home, set the breakfast table, put the flowers I brought to her for Mother's Day and having a sweet conversation while having breakfast.
I love you mom! I will always love you!

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Being a mom is the best thing makes me feel better this year. His kisses, his Mother's Day cards as usual, his saying  'I love you mom' with his changing voice each year!  

Happy Mother's Day to you all!

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

My mom's fava beans recipe

My lovely mom passed a month ago, actually today is the 36th day. It was and still is painful. Accepting that she is not sitting next to me when i am cooking anymore..she can't peel the veggies to make them ready to cook..and can't taste it and say 'oh,oh..oh ellerine sağlık yoncacım..harika olmuş! 'means it tastes delicious' and it is a bit of a loose translation, honestly it is hard to translate some sayings. 'Eline sağlık' literally it means' health to your hands' Turkish people use it a lot for food.

My mom used to make this recipe every spring ones in a year. Last year we made it together. It's kinda a mom tradition. She asked just a few days ago before she died if i got broad beans, but i didn't. I feel sorry i could't make it. Last week i saw broad beans and remind me my mom like so many things did in the kitchen.

I cooked it this spring again but without my lovely mom.

If it is not your first visit, you probably know, how i like the kitchen, cooking, playing with food! We all had a different childhood experiences. Mine is full of kitchen stories and so many memories with my mom, my dad my sisters, my brother, nieces, nephews, whole family and friends!

'...
Goodbye's the saddest word I'll ever hear
Goodbye's the last time I will hold you near
Someday you'll say that word and I will cry
It'll break my heart to hear you say goodbye
Till we meet again until then goodbye.
--
(R.J. Lange)



My mom's Fava Beans with Dill Recipe (Zeytinyaglı Bakla)

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Ingredients
1.5 pound fresh fava /broad beans(in their pods)
1 big onion (chopped finely)
1/3 cup olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
A handful of dill
1 cup plain yogurt
2 gloves garlic(chopped finely)
(1 glove is for yogurt sauce)
Mix yogurt with garlic and put aside.
Top, tail and string broad beans

Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil. Add the broad beans, salt, the lemon juice and stew gently, stirring occasionally. Add some chopped fresh dill and a cup of boilling water from the kettle) Smir and cook until the pods are tender (15-20 mins) Garnish a spoon of  garlic-yogurt sauce(or more) and with the reserved dill.

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Rest in peace my lovely mom..
thank you for everything you teached me!
Miss you!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Winter Break, Sunday Lunch/Turkish Pizza Lahmacun..Fun..Fun.. Fun!

I can hardly believe that it is already 2015. I hope this year brings everything you wish for. Since winter break started, spending more time with my son was the best part of this winter.

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Kids love winter break. They get time off school and they get to do what they want to do. Aria was longing for winter break. Today we spent some time together, had lunch out. One of the famous foods in Turkey, ground beef bread, named Lahmacun which is delicious and he loves it.

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Baked thin piece of dough topped with minced meat beef and minced vegetables and herbs including onions, tomatoes and parsley. Lahmacun is often served with lemon and wrapped around veggies including pickles, tomatoes, pepers, onions, lettuce, eggplant..

I used to take him to Turkish Restaurants when we were in New York. Lahmacun has always been one of his favorite Turkish foods..

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No snow here. Also it was already 18 C(64 F) today. Actually Aria misses snow, making a snowman, snow angel in winter break ...Then again, he wishes winter break lasted forever with or witbout snow!
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Happy February!!!

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