Sunday, June 4, 2017

Avocado, tomato, cheese panini with herbs

Panini is something I CAN NOT stay away from! I know it sounds weird but just go with it.



Combining different ingredients I already have in the kitchen and to create a taste in minutes everyone in our family would like and makes life easy and delicious! 

Another thing I can't give up is herbs(fresh or dry), love adding more flavors to time saver recipes. Making life simple and happy with easy, healthy, tasty recipes and being open to new tastes.
Oh gosh..life is really delicious.

My son doesn't get in the kitchen often, but grilled cheese sandwiches/paninis is his expertise..lol!

This panini is made using fresh Spicy Bush basil from the pot in my balcony which has tiny leaves(intensely flovered basil type).
Feta crubles (its refined flavor makes the panini full flavored and melts easily).


Ingredients:
(Total time 15' for 3)

6 bread slices
1 big tomato
3 tbsp olive oil
Avocado mix;
1 avocado(blended with 2 tbsp milk)
1 tsp pomegranate sauce (A fruity Middle Eastern inspired dressing, goes perfect on any green and grain salad. I usually have a bottle in my pantry)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dry thyme,salt,pepper
a handfull of fresh basil and parsley(finely chopped)
3 Mozerella cheese slices
1/2 slices American cheese ( I added half of a slice each)
1 tbsp feta scrumbles We're a cheese monster family of 3 😊
Feta cheese has a refined flavor, makes the sandwiches full flavored.
Drizzle the inside of bread with oil.
Arrange avocado mix, mozerella, feta, tomato slices, American cheese and place on a hot grill/panini maker.
What are you waiting for? Get a bite! Enjoy!!!


Cheers to an easy and happy life!

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!
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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

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