via Daily Prompt: Rivulet Rivulets by EE Winkler I was walking in darkness I could not see until I was awakened to His truth about what He has done for me It was a day that I won’t forget He was knocking on my heart and I let Him in He poured out His love … Continue reading Rivulets

Turkish Style Hummus

Traditional cuisine meets modern with this Mediterranean classic!  What I appreciate about hummus is that it is just so simple. All you need is a few minimal ingredients and then you have something really special. The tahini is an absolute must! A paste made from ground sesame seeds, tahini compliments the flavor of the chickpeas … Continue reading Turkish Style Hummus

Mini Meatballs in a Garlic Yogurt Sauce (Cacikli Arap Köfte)

      Delicious mini meatballs made of ground beef and bulgur nestled in cacikli a thick yogurt sauce with parsley, garlic and spices.  Here’s the recipe: Mini Meatballs in a Garlic Yogurt Sauce (Cacikli Arap Köfte) 4 c thick yogurt 2 bunches of parsley (finely diced) 10 garlic cloves (minced) 10 oz ground beef … Continue reading Mini Meatballs in a Garlic Yogurt Sauce (Cacikli Arap Köfte)

Parallel Lives

via Daily Prompt: Parallel   Parallel Lives by EE Winkler We were walking parallel lives but from two different parts of the globe in time each traveling round on roads unknown to learn about life outside of our home while others around us stayed in their comfort zone we destined out to unafraid and alone … Continue reading Parallel Lives

Daily Prompt: Fret

via Daily Prompt: Fret Why Fret? by EE Winkler Why fret and worry your life away? when one worry will not gain you an extra day we only must live this life to the full and make the most of every moment to do good Why fret and worry your life away? it does no … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Fret

Homemade Mashed Potatoes

Creamy, smooth and so delicious — there’s nothing like mashed potatoes made from scratch! Mashed potatoes is one of the most quintessential foods of my childhood. Thankfully, in my house it was not just reserved for holidays but also for Sunday suppers or even for weekday dining. I learned how to prepare mashed potatoes through … Continue reading Homemade Mashed Potatoes

Daily Prompt: Song

via Daily Prompt: Song A Song for You by EE Winkler She wakes up in the morning tosses and turns while she rubs her eyes The sun is shining on her face through the window pane so bright There’s no telling what this day will bring but she awakes with a smile in the presence … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Song

Red Lentil Meatless Meatballs (Malhitali Köfte)

A tender, delicious, savory, meat-less version of a meatball backed with bulgur, lentils and veggies.      Yet again, this is another great köfte (Turkish for “meatball”) recipe. Instead of meat, it’s packed full of bulgur, red lentils, vegetables and spices. They are a flavorful addition to your menu for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Here’s the … Continue reading Red Lentil Meatless Meatballs (Malhitali Köfte)

DIY Self-Rising Flour

Don’t forsake your favorite recipe that requires self rising flour, thanks to this simple DIY recipe to make self rising flour in a flash! Growing up, my mom always had two containers of flour. On one container she labeled it “All Purpose Flour” and on the other she labeled it “Self Rising Flour.” I noticed … Continue reading DIY Self-Rising Flour

Peynirli Künefe

A sweet delicious dessert packed with sweet cheese, pistachios and a crunchy base and top layer! A Mediterranean classic dessert. Okay so I’ll admit that way before I started learning about Mediterranean cooking, the idea of cheese in a dessert (besides marscapone) didn’t sound so appetizing to me. It wasn’t until a friend took us … Continue reading Peynirli Künefe

Stuffed Zucchini with Saffron & Pistachios (Kuzu Icli Kabak Dolmasi)

The perfect balance of a savory ground beef filling with aromatic spices, pistachios and almonds. In Turkish cooking, I’ve been learning about the myriad of different variations on stuffed vegetables. There are many variations. This is already the third variation of stuffed zucchini and it tastes completely different than the last recipe I learned. The … Continue reading Stuffed Zucchini with Saffron & Pistachios (Kuzu Icli Kabak Dolmasi)

Curry Chicken

Tender marinated chicken coated in a creamy flavorful curry sauce with mushrooms and sweet red peppers. I love curry chicken. And I know that curry in general is one of those spices (although it’s actually a combination of spices but that’s a whole other story) that people seem to love or to hate. As a … Continue reading Curry Chicken

Turkish Abugannuş

Lusciously creamy, thick and with a hint of garlic, this is a beautiful and simple preparation of the classic Babaganoush. It’s true. I’ve tried so many different variations of Babaganoush that they all tasted like a completely different dish. They all had eggplant but everything else about them was very different. Some had tomatoes, while … Continue reading Turkish Abugannuş

5 Lessons in Character Building from ‘Black Panther’ (the movie)

Perhaps you’ve seen the movie Black Panther. Was it just a movie to you or did you glean anything insightful from this feature film?  Valuable life lessons exist in a myriad of contexts and feature films are no exception to this principle. I was excited to see the movie Black Panther and after I saw … Continue reading 5 Lessons in Character Building from ‘Black Panther’ (the movie)