Asian · Cuisine

My Very First Chinese Hot Pot Experience

A dear friend of mine, Qi, invited us around to their place for a vegetarian Chinese hot pot. Her sister brought her an electric hot pot—all the way from China—as a present. So, Qi wanted to share this authentic experience with us by cooking everything vegetarian. How cool is that? It was also the cold… Continue reading My Very First Chinese Hot Pot Experience

All Recipes · Asian · Cuisine

Braised Flowering Chives with Ginger

After one visit to Chatswood last Friday, I was full of new Asian food ideas. Just like that! I must admit, Chatswood has a few good places to shop. Asian City is one of them. That’s where we buy our vegetarian dumplings from and their freezer section is full of Lamyong products—not the whole range… Continue reading Braised Flowering Chives with Ginger

Vegetable Dishes

Corn Fritters with Avocado Cream Topping

Corn Fritters are an excellent addition to any party buffet, and very simple to make. I remember making these delicious fritters at the time we had Berfu staying with us. It was an instant hit with her. At the time, I served them with Avocado Cream Topping, however, they are nice with Tartare sauce, too.… Continue reading Corn Fritters with Avocado Cream Topping

All Recipes · Salads

Turkish Tabbouleh Salad or Anne Kısırı

Kısır is Turkish version of Tabbouleh. I guess there are two types of Kısır in Turkish cuisine. One with tomato paste –or hot pepper paste- and one without. The one with any kind of paste is the sticky one and that's what you get from most Turkish döner kebab places. My mum’s version, on the… Continue reading Turkish Tabbouleh Salad or Anne Kısırı

All Recipes · Indian

Recipe: Vegetarian Fish Masala

I just wanted to have something Indian the other night. A vegetarian fish masala is not a dish I make very often but this was exactly what I craved for. Recipe Notes: I used Vegetarian Fragrant Seaweed Soy Slices in this recipe. The description of the product doesn’t suggest fish. However, it is the best… Continue reading Recipe: Vegetarian Fish Masala

All Recipes · Appetizer/Starter · Course

Guacamole: A Mexican Classic

Guacamole (or Guac as we call it sometimes) is a dip made out of avocados and chillies. It is an absolute Mexican classic which is creamy, zingy and quite kicky. However, the last one is up to you. We like it hot but not mind (or bum) numbingly hot. Recipe Notes for Guacamole: A Mexican… Continue reading Guacamole: A Mexican Classic

All Recipes · Appetizer/Starter · Course

Finger Food: Toothpick Appetizers

I make these toothpick appetizers every time I have a party and add them to the rest of the finger food I serve. They really add a kind of freshness to the rest of the party food items. Recipe Notes on Bambini Bocconcini It took me ages to find a good quality baby bocconcini for… Continue reading Finger Food: Toothpick Appetizers

Accompaniments · All Recipes · Course · Cuisine · Turkish

Cacık (Turkish Yoghurt and Cucumber Dip)

Cacık (Turkish Yoghurt and Cucumber Dip) What is Cacık? It is basically Turkish version of Tzatziki. Traditionally, it is made out of diluted yoghurt which sets it apart from its Greek cousin. Cacık or Turkish Yoghurt and Cucumber Dip is an important part of Turkish cuisine. It is a great accompaniment to certain main dishes… Continue reading Cacık (Turkish Yoghurt and Cucumber Dip)

All Recipes · Appetizer/Starter · Course

Carrot and Yoghurt Meze or Yoğurtlu Havuç Ezme

I remember having an incredibly primitive recipe notebook many years ago. I used to scribble down every new recipe in it along with my regulars that I made at the time. At the time, I used to talk to our neighbours, my Mum’s friends and even the ladies at our local fresh produce market for… Continue reading Carrot and Yoghurt Meze or Yoğurtlu Havuç Ezme

All Recipes · Course · Main Dishes

Leek and Feta Crepes, VegFusion Style

I have had this spinach and feta crepe recipe for a long time. It was based on a traditional Turkish crepe called Akıtma. Namely, my Mum’s recipe. The difference between akıtma and crepes is this: crepes are thicker when cooked whereas akıtma is incredibly thin and delicate. Hence more difficult to make. My crepe recipe… Continue reading Leek and Feta Crepes, VegFusion Style