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Salted caramel Heaven

My latest favourite flavour is salted caramel- but served with chocolate (in the form of cake, dark chocolate, dessert).  I love how the sweetness from the caramel is cut by the sprinkle of salt- and it's even better if there are little granules of salt dancing around on your tongue in the end - a real treat of flavours for me! However I find that not many places that sell this yummy delicacy  get the balance just right - it's sometimes too sweet and lacking the essential saltiness that is promised. It ain't salted caramel if it ain't got salt! I am always on the hunt for * real * salted caramel and so when I came across this recipe online I instantly decided to try it. It was not one of those that you make a mental note of trying "one day". I kept an open tab opened in my browser (a sure way to motivate me to take action - open tabs mean open actions and I love getting things done so this was a good approach!) Anyway, the recipe was fairly easy, the onl

Turkish tales: Exploring Cengelkoy in Istanbul

Salaams We like to structure our weekends with one day of rest/chores/catch up, and the other day for adventure! This usually involves exploring an undiscovered area, trying out new food or just doing something different. This weekend, we woke up to a sunny sky, albeit with a slight chill in the air and decided to head out to Cengelkoy, a neighbourhood in Uskudar, across the bridge on the Asian side. This place is best known for "Cikolata Kahve" - a chocolate boutique store specialising in exceptional chocolate. So this made our first stop for a "snack" , since we had already had a big breakfast at home. Inside, it was quaint and cosy, friendly staff and quite busy, which I kind of expected for such a popular place. There are no menus, because really there are only 3 items on their menu to drink - Cay (Turkish tea), hot chocolate and Turkish coffee/hot chocolate. Besides this, you can order chocolates from their attractive display made up of dark, milk, whi

Posh veggies for dinner

I love watching cooking shows and I often hear certain phrases or ingredients that seem to stick in my mind, especially when the contestants describe their scrummy looking dishes with vivid vocabularly! One such example is a description of a dish where it is served  "... on a bed of celeriac purée .." Just sounds so exotic! I guess I must talk about it a lot too- as  the other day the hubby went out to the store (sorry not the local market...this time) and brought me a medium sized sandy little vegetable and proudly presented it to me as "celeriac as you hear your favourite posh people make!"  (he's so embarrassing!) Celeriac Two Ways Nonetheless, I was intrigued and so I googled some ideas and found two great recipes to make that day for dinner. I even made a little for my baby as mash (the celeriac puree!) as it's texture lends itself to lovely and smooth for little mouths :) So here is my recipe for celeriac two ways... quite yummy and w