Friday, September 7, 2018

Peach Dessert

In Turkiye, fruit desserts are very popular in hot summer days.  Peach season which is now in Ontario, I decided to make this very light and easy summer dessert.  It is always a favorite at my house.

Brown sugar (I used 1 teaspoon for each half of the peach)

Whipped cream
Optionally: ice cream and/or ground filbrets

  • Peel the peaches, split them in half and remove the seed 
  • Put them in a glass pan
  • Add water enough to reach half the peaches
  • Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamin
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Cook until peaches are really soft (~45 min)
  • Cool and leave (covered) in the fridge about 2 hours until really cold
  • Decorate with Whipped cream and serve

Saturday, January 23, 2016


This recipe can be gluten free or not depending on the type of pasta you use.  If you use gluten free pasta, then it is.

One caution is the amount of Alfredo sauce you use once you are ready.  Not everyone likes a lot of sauce so, make the sauce but mix it in small amounts until you find what you like instead of mixing it all through at once.

3 chicken breasts
2 cups frozen broccoli 
2 tablespoons oil

225 gr Fettuccin

Alfredo sauce
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup butter
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1.5 cups Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper (optional)

2 tablespoons Oregeno
  • Cut up chicken breasts into chunks
  • Stir fry in a little olive oil
  • Add frozen broccoli
  • Cook until broccoli is soft and set aside
  • Make the Alfredo sauce: 
    • melt butter, add cream, garlic, salt and pepper and bring to boil. 
    •  Simmer in medium heat 8-10 minutes.  
    • Remove from heat
    • Add cheese and mix until soft
    • Return to heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes
    • Remove from heat and set aside
  • Make the pasta according to box instructions and drain
  • Mix chicken and pasta
  • Add sauce a little at a time to your liking
  • Serve topped with Oregano

Monday, January 11, 2016


Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes.  Good for any occasion.  You can make it for everyday for the family or dress it up as a layer cake when you make it in 2 - 9 inch round cake pans or make muffins with this recipe.

For the cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cups finely grated carrots
  • 1 cups coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 cup shredded toasted coconut
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cups granulated sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
For the icing:
  • 1 cup (1-8 ounce package) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups powered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
To make the cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees. Grease and flour a 8x13 pan (or 2 - 9 inch round cake pans).
  2. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and sea salt.
  3. In another medium sized bowl stir together the carrots, walnuts, coconut and raisins.
  4. In a large bowl cream together the sugar and oil using an electric beater. Add eggs, one at a time, and continue to beat until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add flour mixture and beat till just combined. Gently fold in the carrot mixture.
  5. Divide batter between the 2 prepared cake pans. Place both pans on the middle rack in your oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cakes comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edges of each cake to loosen them then carefully invert them onto a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.
To make the icing:
  1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter in a medium sized bowl using an electric beater. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, and continue to mix until fully incorporated. Add the vanilla and beat to blend.
To assemble the cake:
  1. If you made a single cake, spread the icing liberally on top it.  If you decided to make a layer cake spread some icing on top of 1, place the other cake on top and then frost the top and sides together.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Not many people like Brussel Sprouts.  I do.  I try different recipes.  This one is extremely easy to make.  Makes a great side dish to any kind of poultry or fish.

1 kg. (2 pounds) Brussel sprouts
2 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup crushed salted walnuts
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Clean brussel sprouts by removing the outside layers and cutting off a bit of the base.   Then wash and cut them in half
  • Mix together olive oil, garlic and crushed walnuts, salt and pepper (and the optional balsamic vinegar)
  • Mix with Brussel sprouts
  • Line the pan with cooking paper and pour Brussel sprouts onto the cooking paper.  Turn them all over the cut side down
  • Cook for 23-30 minutes until soft and golden brown
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Saturday, October 18, 2014


This is the basic recipe for this desert.  Nice part of this desert is it is extremely easy to make.  Not many ingredients but it can be dressed and shaped many different ways.  For example, you can add fruits like bananas or cookies in the middle or at the top or top it with jams.  For this time, I chose the basic recipe with chopped walnuts and cinnamon at the top.

4 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup semolina
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon butter
vanilla essence 
decorate with cinnamon and chopped walnuts

  • Mix cold milk, sugar and semolina bring to boil
  • Reduce heat and cook until you see bubbles.  You will need to continually stir while cooking to make sure there are no lumps
  • Mix egg yolk with a bit of "pudding" to make sure egg mixes through properly without cooking immediately and add it to your pot
  • Add butter and vanilla and cook for another minute
  • Rinse your pan in cold water before pouring your batter into the pan
  • Leave in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving
  • You can make a day ahead.  After a couple of hours in the fridge make sure it is covered
  • Decorate with cinnamon or chocolate and walnuts before serving

Monday, May 26, 2014


It looks like I haven't published new recipes in a long time.  It's been very busy lately.  I hope you like this recipe.  You can say it is a meal in itself.  My favourite for lunches!  Most of the ingredients are basic stuff which I pay attention to when I publish recipes.  I try to keep speciality stuff to minimum.  This recipe has pomegranate concentrate as an exception but it is optional.  You don't really need it.

1.5 cup orzo or very thin noodles. 
3 cups water
1 small chicken breast (boiled or barbecued)
1 small can of corn
1 barbecued (or baked in the oven) red or yellow pepper
1 bunch green onions
1/2 cup thinly cut dill pickles
1/2 chopped bunch parsley
1/2 bunch chopped dill
1 lemon juice
1 tablespoon sumac
1/4 cup olive oil
Optional: pickle juice and pomegranate concentrate
  • Boil or barbecue the chicken breast and set aside to cool enough to handle
  • Bake or barbecue the pepper.  Take the skins off when it is cool enough to handle.  Chop small.
  • In a pot, lightly brown orzo in olive oil
  • Pour the water on the orzo cover and cook at reduced heat until soft stirring occasionally (just like rice).  Be sure all the water is gone.
  • Drain and rinse the corn
  • Wash and chop parsley, dill and green onions
  • "rip" by hand or cut chicken into small pieces
  • Mix all your ingredients together
  • Add salt, lemon juice 
  • Add pomegranate juice and pickle juice to your liking.
  • Enjoy!

Monday, March 24, 2014


Apple crumble is a good way to use the old apples in your fridge.  Best part is, it is extremely easy to make.   This is my husband's favourite desert.  Best served with ice cream of course.

2.5 cups peeled and cut apples
2 - 3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
4 tablespoons of oat meal
2 tablespoons of flour (whole wheat flour is best)
  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Peel and cut apples and put in a pan with 2 tablespoons of water
  • Add sugar.  If you are using sweet apples, use 2 tablespoons but if they are more sour, use 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • Add cinnamon
  • Cook apples for 5 minutes at medium temperature (until soft)
  • Transfer apples to an oven proof dish.  This recipe is for 4 servings so I used a mid sized pyrex bowl
  • Mix all of the topping ingredients with your hands or a fork.  These are your "crumbs"
  • Cover the apples with the crumbs
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown
  • Enjoy them warm with ice cream