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Day 4: in Cyprus! Vegetarian Day {Travel Log – Food Diary} Rainbow Salad, Yogurt soup, Chickpea dish and simit halva!

Monday 14th January 2013 – 10.30am Sister’s Guesthouse

 

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Woke up to a bright and sunny day with the smell of fresh food being prepared downstairs. Day 4 at the guesthouse, we were beginning to get into the routine of things. 10.30am breakfast, 11am clean up and tidy, 12:10pm the call to prayer was called, 1pm walk to the dergah for prayers then with all our other days after prayers taking a walk around the village and back in time for dinner and to catch a glimpse of the sheikh (teacher).

This morning breakfast comprised of the biggest salad bowl I’ve seen filled with colorful fresh veg. It had shredded white cabbage, red cabbage, beetroot (which has become my new favorite vegetable!), fresh parsley and lots of olive oil, apple vinegar and salt to finish it off.

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                    Toasted bread with chickpeas and garbanzo beans in a yogurt & tahini mix/hummous

Breakfast wasn’t just about the wonderful salad, but this amazing dish which is another one which I will definitely be trying out! Not only was this dish tasty but such a brilliant way of using up old bread or bread that has been left out and hardened. Underneath this delicious meal, had a layer of old bread that had been toasted, with a layer of cooked chick peas and garbanzo beans covered in a mix of tahini, yogurt, lemon, garlic, seasoning and broth of the beans and chick peas (note: I will be providing a full recipe and tutorial of this meal next month!)

It was my first time trying this dish, but something I have brought home to inspire myself to create also and a very yummy vegetarian dish also!

 

Photographs of our daily walk around Lefke…

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beautiful historic buildings

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palm trees!

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local fresh veg market

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something I always wanted to build, a cob oven, perfect for Lahmacun!

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and a new fascination with old doors!

6pm – Dergah (Sufi Centre) – Dinner

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Tonight’s dinner we had food served by the dergah where the sheikh lives, the food is free and welcomed by anyone to come and join the dinner service. For tonight, we had very yummy Yogurt soup for starters with again, without wasting bread, toasted bread cubes.

Yogurt soup is a mixture of well..yogurt and rice with drint mint, it is a very tasty soup – again I will be trying out my own yogurt soup! – with recipes.

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Did you know??

If you have a pinch of salt before and after each meal, it helps your

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Next meal was my mother’s specialty which we have back home, runner beans in tomato sauce and Bulgar with vermicelli noodles! A very close competition with the dergah and my mother’s meal but another yummy vegetarian meal.

 

 

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After blogging about my mother’s specility, we then got served..my father’s favourite dessert! Even though being miles away from my home in the UK, I had both my parents favorite foods right in front of me reminding me of them.

This is known as Simit Halva, it’s very much like the halva you prefer with flour and butter, but done with Semolina – very yummy! And the perfect end to our meal and day.

 

 

 

Tomorrow will be Day 5 & 6 in Cyprus!! With cheesy pasta bake, butter beans salad, lamb kofte kebab and a mountain trek – perfect way to view Cyprus from high up!

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Simple Chickpea Curry Recipe – Vegetarian

 

Hi to all the cooking fans out there!

So sorry haven’t blogged for awhile, been another busy week. And unfortunately won’t be able to blog for another week as we’ll be visiting my motherinlaw but i’ll be recording some of her delicious foods!!

But for now, this post is dedicated to my version of the classic Chickpea curry. My husband and I are trying to venture onto vegetarian meals more and after realizing that I had a can of chickpeas in the cupboard, chickpea curry it was!

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Prep time: 5-10minutes

Cooking time: 30minutes (+45minute simmer time)

Servings: 2

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Ingredients1 onion
  • olive oil for frying
  • 1tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2tsps. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. chili flakes
  • hot water
  • 1/2 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper

 

 

Method:

  • First start by preparing your ingredients, by finely chopping your onions and garlic. And wash and drain your chick peas. 
  • Also wash your parsley and roughly chop, including stalks.
  • Now start cooking by placing a medium saucepan with 3tbsps of olive oil onto medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, start by frying your onions and garlic till soft.
  • Next add your cumin powder, cinnamon, paprika and chili flakes. Stir and fry for a further 5minutes until the onions have browned from the spices.

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  • Next add your chopped tomatoes and stir into the onions.
  • After, add in your chickpeas and stir thoroughly into the onion and tomatoes spice mix. Add hot water from the kettle to just cover over the chickpeas. 
  • Now add in your coriander powder, garam masala and salt & pepper to taste.

 

 

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  • Now add in your chopped fresh parsley, stir and lower heat to the lowest setting. Cover and simmer for 45minutes.

 

 

Step6

 

  • Serve warm!

 

If you want more spice, then add tad more garam masalan and chili flakes to enhance the chili!

This recipe is also under the Category of ‘Winter Foods’ as I find the spice in this curry helps to warm you up!

 

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Enjoy!

Coming up soon!

How to make Turkish vermicelli noodle rice

 

 

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Simple Turkish Lahmacun Recipe using Pitta bread – Turkish Pizza

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Lahmacun, lahmajun, or lahmejun (Turkish: Lahmacun), (Armenian լահմաջուն lahmaǰun or լահմաջո lahmaǰo), from Arabic: لحم بعجين‎, lahm bi’ajīn, “meat with dough”, is a round, thin piece of dough topped with minced meat (most commonly beef and lamb) and minced vegetables and herbs including onions, tomatoes and parsley, then baked. Lahmacun is often served sprinkled with lemon juice and wrapped around vegetables, including pickles, tomatoes, peppers, onions, lettuce, and roasted eggplant; a typical variants may be found employing kebab meat or sauces. – Wikipedia.

My take on Lahmacun comes from memories of my childhood when my parents, brother and I used to make home-made Lahmacun by using leftover pitta bread. It was a joyous occasion that has always been kept with me as a memory I cherish. My father would be the one preparing the mince meat, my mother the one placing them in the hot oven or under the grill and my brother and I picking our toppings! So as a childhood memory I decided to make Lahmacun using pitta bread again but my own take incorporating different spices and herbs to enhance the flavor. I definitely recommend making this with your children! And as you wont be making your own dough, it also saves time and creates more time to have some fun while cooking!

Ingredients:

  • Handful of fresh parsley Ingredients1
  • 50g butter
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato (peeled – refer to Cooking Tips)
  • 5-6 pitta breads (sliced in half – refer to Cooking Tips)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chilli flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried mint
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. tomato puree/paste
  • 1/2 Ib mince meat
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius
  • Start by finely chopping your fresh parsley and placing into a large bowl along with your mince meat.
  • Next finely chop your onion and garlic (you can blitz them if you have a fine blender). Then using a large frying pan, melt your butter on medium heat and fry your onions and garlic till soft. Lower heat and cover to soften the onions more. Leave for approx. 5mins.

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  • Then place the onions and garlic also into the bowl with the mince meat and parsley.
  • After, peel your tomato (for peeling tomato method refer to Cooking Tips) and finely dice into small pieces and add into the same bowl with the rest of the ingredients.

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  • At this stage add the tomato puree and your spices and herbs so your cumin, chilli flakes, dried mint, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and add in your lemon juice until well cooperated with rest of the ingredients.

Step6

  • Next prepare your pitta bread by slicing each pitta bread into half (refer to Cooking Tips).

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  • Using some olive oil, lightly brush some onto each pitta bread slice and start adding your mince meat onto the bread!

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  • Place into prepared baking tray and cook in hot oven for 10-15mins until the edges of the pitta bread and mince meat have browned.
  • Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh salad!
  • Note: after making my Lahmacun if I had to change something it would be to chop the fresh parsley more smaller.

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I served my Lahmacun with boiled black-eyed beans with Swiss chard drenched in olive oil and vinegar, fresh parsley salad (featured in above picture), Turkish noodle rice, fresh lemon, olive and for the daring, cooking kidneys.

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