Mmmm mmm mmmm strawberry pie…so fresh and so delightful! Made with freshly picked berries that are so sweet, small and perfect for this pie! This is a simple pie to make, you can make it with homemade pie crust or store bought…you can even use tart shells. You can double the recipe if you want to make more than one pie.
Sharing some recent cakes that I made, of course just for inspiration! Two of them were chocolate cakes with chocolate buttercream and one was vanilla with whipped cream combined with a little buttercream just for some texture.
Sharing another halva recipe with you, this one is without pumpkin! My mother is the queen of halva, but I am learning over the years and getting better at it! I got the pine nut and milk addition from my husbands aunt. I really enjoy the toasted pine nuts in the halva and thought the milk was a good idea.
My mom always adds walnuts, you can add any nut you desire, however she does not add milk…if you choose to make it with just water add 6 cups boiling water. If your using pine nuts brown them with the farina so they get nice and toasty.
Had my cousins over for dinner tonight and I made a delicious homemade spaghetti sauce (served with spaghetti of course)…was in need for a side dish, had some rapini but not enough to feed 2 families with! Needed to ‘bulk’ it up a bit! Since I was craving potato salad today, and was planning on making rapini…I came up with this delicious salad! I get this pesto sauce from an Italian delicatessen, its called ‘Berni’ Pesto al Basilico made in Italy and it tastes so good! Of course nothing beats homemade pesto, but I like to keep a jar of this stuff for an easy dinner or side dish starter!
Oreo Cookies…where do I begin? I never been a fan of them to tell you truthfully….I always preferred chocolate fudge cookies…or even better homemade cookies! All of a sudden this past month I have grown to love this cookie! Its the only store bought cookie that I ever buy as its the only store bought treat my kids ask for! Last week I made an Oreo cake and I loved it, I made one last year…didn’t care for it much…but this time around it was different…I actually really enjoyed it!
This is the only way I have tried fennel and I absolutely love it! Funny too cause I do not like licorice yet I love fennel surprisingly! It tastes and smells just like it! One of my best friends Hatice taught me this dish, its so yummy….especially with plain yogurt on the side. My friend prepares this with stew meat, and it turns out so tender and yummy….I never have such luck so I use ground beef. I usually have cooked ground beef in the fridge to add to dishes like this.
Green Beans with Olive Oil – Zeytinyagı Taze Fasulye in Turkish, is a simple and tasty vegetarian dish, you can serve with rice on the side and plain yogurt.
Tomato and cucumber salad is one of my favourite salads! Its easy to make, and is good for you! My kids love this with fresh bread just like I did when I was a kid…dipping the bread in the juices is the best part! I like to add feta cheese to it as well sometimes. It makes for a great side dish or on its own for lunch.
Both of our favourite soups combined into one soup! We love lentil soup and we love chicken noodle…making them into one soup works out perfect for us! This soup has it all, veggies, chicken and noodles…the veggies are pureed so its perfect for hiding veggies for those picky eaters at home.