Author: spooninmypocket

Siyez Bulgur Pilaf with Sucuk, Onions and Peppers
Grains & Pasta

Never stop learning and get inspired

Culinary world is a high ego environment. I have witnessed many people from every aspect of the culinary profession who thinks they are better and know more than the others. I believe the opposite. I believe that there is always someone better than me and I can always learn more. Thinking there is always someone […]

masterchef at work

How I became a Masterchef Turkey Fan

I don’t consider myself an avid television watcher. Except for the important news on local channels, informational or documentary-type programs on Japan’s national channel, and my favorite detective dramas broadcasted on foreign channels/ I especially don’t watch competition programs or game shows. The main reason why I don’t watch them is that I don’t gain […]

Eggplant pasta
Grains & Pasta

Leftover ingredients for a lovely pasta dish

Between my master’s classes and teaching, I got quite busy and neglected to update my beloved blog. Well here I am, wanting to share the lovely pasta dish I made with some leftover ingredients at hand: a sad little eggplant (I usually don’t buy ingredients out of season but these were so fresh and small […]


Saturday night dinner with leeks

I love writing in my new blog but I am in the midst of trying to finish my master’s classes this semester that I barely have any free time. Hopefully when February rolls around I will be done with classes and will start my thesis, hoping that might give me a bit more free time […]

Grains & Pasta

Inspirations and spinach rolls

I get inspiration from recipes I read or I hear from my friends and relatives. I also get inspired from my food idols whom I follow on instagram, some I know personally, like dear Karima Moyer whom I had the pleasure of meeting during this year’s Dublin Gastronomy Symposium. I have been closely following her […]

Market day and beets
Vegetables & Salads

Market day and beets

My favorite neighborhood farmer’s market is on Thursdays.  This market consists of only two stalls, I think run by two brothers. One of the brothers, Soner, quite a charming guy I must add, brings most of produce from his family farm located in the outskirts of Istanbul. Every Thursday morning before my classes begin, right […]

Savoury Red Lentil Bread
Desserts & Savoury Pies

Savoury Red Lentil Bread

Hello all, Recently I have returned from a three week vacation of home stays. In this pandemic times, my family and I were actually scared to take any type of public transportation including a plane and stay in a hotel even though they are advertised as safe. We drove to the southwest part of Turkey […]

Gözleme - flat bread
Grains & Pasta

Autumn and Pine Trees

After starting this brand and leading over two hundred gastronomical walks around Istanbul and around Turkey, since 2009, I have neglected to write in my blog. Maybe  I would have been one of those world famous bloggers had I not been slacking all this time. Shame on me! Today I start with this blank page… […]