|my courdon bleu mince pies|
It has all been such a rush and here we are right at the point of Christmas itself. Here in Turkey we have to work at it a bit as the rest of the world around us is oblivious to the approach of our most special day in the whole calendar. But we do our best ....
In practical terms this means decorating the house, getting out the tree, writing cards furiously, and of course spending time in the kitchen and creating those aromas that spell only one thing: CHRISTMAS!
Son Cem was due in from London late Tuesday night so the whole morning was spent cooking all those things that I know he likes. This involved two kilos – yes really! – of zeytinyağli barbunya/ beans in olive oil. I had frozen 3 kilos of borlotti beans at the end of the summer, shelled, in plastic bags, so there they were all ready to haul out. I realise they are not at all Christmassy but he misses them .... A huge pan of mercimek/red lentil soup. 18 mincepies. 18 chewy oatmeal raisin cookies. I thought that would keep him going till the next day!
If you click on the highlighted texts here, you will find my past posts with the recipes for the following: give them a go, I'm sure you'll love them just as much as Son Cem does!
It is hard to believe that here we are almost at the end of another year but we are:
Merry Christmas to you all from this Seasonal Cook in Istanbul!