Foreign Food Fridays

Foreign Food Fridays: Turkish Gozleme

Posted on August 19, 2011

I have been reminiscing this week because in August 2009 we were living it up in Istanbul during Ramadan.

It was such an amazing experience to see the massive food parties, picnics and street festivals that started once the sun went down. Those Turks certainly know how to eat with gusto and it was pure joy to join in the fun (although we did eat during the day as well!).

One of our favourite lunch meals was Gozleme, or Turkish pancake, filled with cheese or spinach and cheese. This particular restaurant had the cooking hot plates in the centre of the seating area so you could watch them being made. (more…)

Foreign Food Fridays: Patatas bravas

Posted on April 22, 2011

Patatas bravas! The definitive Spanish tapas dish.

Fried chunks or slices of potato with a spicy tomato sauce, sometimes creamy, sometimes mayo on top, as seen here. Always delicious.

We tried literally dozens of versions in various tapas bars in Barcelona, Roses, Madrid and Bilbao during our two trips to Spain in 2009.

This one, from Albert Adria’s tapas bar Inopia, was high up on the list, but the best version was in a tiny place in the suburbs near where we were staying. However we never took a photo – we were too busy tucking in and slurping down cold beer or sangria!

Back in the here and now though, I’m wishing you and your families a safe and happy Easter. We are breaking our family tradition of lamb for Sunday lunch and cooking up rolled pork roasts with thick crackling. What are you making?

Have a great Easter weekend, Christie x

Foreign Food Fridays: Barcelona, Spain

Posted on April 1, 2011

Foreign Food Fridays is back! My mind has been invaded by the travel bug lately, so I’ve been going through the pics from our 2009 adventures and re-living our trip of a lifetime all over again.

Here are some super fresh mussels we devoured at Cal Pinxo restaurant in Barcelona. Yes, that is also a luscious jug of Sangria in the background.

I was reminded of this spectacular meal as a very good friend of mine has just been to Barcelona. I’ll go back there someday.

Have a great weekend! Christie x

Foreign Food Fridays: Istanbul, Turkey

Posted on October 22, 2010

This is the most delicious chocolate baklava I have ever tasted.

I ate it at Hafiz Mustafa Sekerlemeleri in Istanbul with my hubby and two of my dearest friends, Shell and Huw.

I expected the chocolate to be too sweet and cloying, but it was incredibly moreish; the perfect mix of crunchy, sticky and sweet.

We also got served some complimentary little chunks of turkish delight with our coffee, click the pink button below to check out a pic. (more…)

Foreign Food Fridays: Fez, Morocco (cont)

Posted on October 15, 2010

This post is continued from last Friday where I showed you the huge smorgasbord first course of salads and bread. If you missed it, click here.

This week is the two tagines that followed plus some shots of the incredible view of Fez from the restaurant balcony.

Above is lamb and preserved lemon tagine – please note the gorgeous big chunks of bone marrow! Delish. I’m also a big fan of the lightly toasted peeled almonds, they add so much texture.

To see more photos click the pink button below. (more…)

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