Rubik’s Cube Salad

rubiks cube

Playing with my food again….I have been wanting to try the Rubik’s cube salad for a while now but I was intimidated as I am not good with chopping and cutting! I tried my best to make the cubes the same size and put it all together, I think I did ok for the first time. It is no where close to the perfect ones I have seen on the net…but for me its good!  Continue reading “Rubik’s Cube Salad” »

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

refrigerator dill pickles

Who doesn’t like a crunchy dill pickle? I love them! Problem is some jar labels can be deceiving! I hate when that happens…you open a jar of pickles and they turn out soggy and flimsy! Crispy and crunchy is what I want…so you know the saying when you want something done do it yourself! I took those words and ran with it to the kitchen and made my own pickles!  Continue reading “Refrigerator Dill Pickles” »

Refrigerator Pickled Beets & Deviled Eggs

beet pickled deviled eggs

I love pickled beets!  When I was a kid I was attracted to the colour more so than to the taste…but then I eventually started to like the taste of them as well.

I had a bunch of beets ready to be picked out of the garden and I knew what I wanted to make with them! I unfortunately found out that I cannot can on my flat glass stove top unless I invest in a flat pot canner…since I doubt I will be doing that much canning I think I will stick to refrigerator pickles!  Continue reading “Refrigerator Pickled Beets & Deviled Eggs” »

Dolma Stuffed Grape Leaves

Dolma stuffed grape leaves

Dolma or also known as sarma, stuffed grape leaves are one of the most popular appetizers in the Mediterranean! They are a bit time consuming so make sure you have an extra pair of hands to help or it could take hours of rolling! I bring in the kids to help, a lot of my friends get together with their moms and aunts and make a whole large pot full!  I got stuck making them myself a couple times and it wasn’t fun! Some people are pros at it and can roll so fast….not me! Although it takes time to make them its so worth it!

They taste great and everyone will love them! You can make them with meat or with out, I make both. I don’t add too much meat to mine you can add more to it if you like.  Continue reading “Dolma Stuffed Grape Leaves” »

Pogaca

pogača

Pogača is popular all over the Balkans….its made in different shapes and sizes! The dough is soft and the filling simple! Great served as an appetizer or on your breakfast table!

It took me a few times to get the dough perfect….I like soft dough sometimes pogaca can be dry depending on who makes it, and I don’t like dry bread! Once I got the measurements correct I wrote it down right away! The problem is I am used to measuring with North American measurements when baking, where as in Turkey for example a cup is actually a Turkish glass teacup! I cannot tell you how many times I made something  and mixed up the measuring cups!  Continue reading “Pogaca” »

Eggplant with Garlic Yogurt Sauce

Drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle some paprika on top

Love grilled veggies, eggplant is great when grilled! Paired with garlic yogurt sauce and you won’t be able to put your fork down! You can use grilled eggplant, roasted or pan fried….all work and taste great! You can have this as a side dish, or as lunch on its own with bread. Continue reading “Eggplant with Garlic Yogurt Sauce” »

Tzatziki

Drizzle some olive oil before serving if desired

 

In Turkish its called Cacuk (pronounced ‘gaguk’), in Albanian its called Tarator, and in Greek its called Tzatziki, in what ever language you wanna call it….its delicious! My children love it, if they don’t like whats for dinner, this is usually what I make for them!:) Continue reading “Tzatziki” »

Beet & Yogurt Dip -Pancar Salatasi

Beet & Yogurt Dip

Pancar salatasi means beet salad or dip in Turkish, it’s like tzatziki made with beets instead of cucumbers! I found these lovely candy & golden beets at the grocery store, so I made 3 different dips! They’re all naturally gorgeous in colour! You can make it with different colour beets for a pretty presentation or just make it with one, all are perfectly wonderful!  Continue reading “Beet & Yogurt Dip -Pancar Salatasi” »

Potato Clouds

Mashed Potato Clouds

Thank you for helping me choose a name for this lovely side! Potato clouds! Aren’t they pretty? They are so easy to make too, and taste great! Make your simple mash into something wonderfully delicious!  Continue reading “Potato Clouds” »