Yap, I’m slightly obsessed with Middle Eastern flavours these days. From Oriental Rice Porridge to Middle Eastern Pasta with Yoghurt and now Arabic Green Tabouleh Salad. As we finally have beautiful produce appearing on the markets in Istanbul again, I want to make full use of it. You might have also noticed that I did not name my recipes by country but rather regions. It’s because recipe like Tabouleh are from the Levant region and not like most people think from Israel or Lebanon. Levant more or less covers parts or the whole states of Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey. So it’s difficult to specify the exact origin of Tabouleh….
Hello Friends! Where do I start? Let’s begin with last week. After weeks of working and waiting, working and waiting, I’ve finally launched my first e-book(let) – my Moody Food Photography Guide with tips and trick on how to achieve those dark, matte and moody images.
And that’s not it. I have also teamed up with Filtergrade.com to finally offer a huuuuge (for my standards) Lightroom preset bundle that I use myself every day to edit my photos.
I’m so happy that I finally took the time to work on these two things and although it’s just a start (and we all need to start somewhere, right?), I’m a little proud of myself. You know there are always these little self doubts weather or not you are good enough to do something. And there are these envious looks at others who in your opinion have it all figured out and already do a much much better job. So why would people care about your Moody Food Photography e-guide or Matte and Moody Food Photography Lightroom presets?…
Sometimes what you’re looking for comes when you’re not looking at all.
The past few weeks have been hectic and overwhelming at times, to say the least. When Felix suggested to join him on a trip in England after a business meeting in London I wasn’t sure if I yet wanted to hop on a plane. All I was wishing for was a calm and relaxing weekend, preferably in bed. But then again, I got second thoughts because I know myself. And I know that I can’t stand sitting at home all day long.
So we decided instead of staying in London like we usually do, we would go somewhere else in England. Somewhere calm and relaxing. Far away from all the hustle and bustle of a big city. We more or less randomly decided to go to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. I think our decision was based on a pretty picture Felix saw on Instagram. It turned out to be the best decision in a long time….
I do have a soft spot for Oriental desserts, though not for their sweetness. However I could bathe in cinnamon, cardamon, vanilla and rose water. If you then hand me a jar of tahini, ground pistachios or findik ezmisi (Turkish hazelnut butter), I believe you can create some of the best and most flavourful desserts in the world (sorry Italy and France). Just try a spoon of this creamy rosewater rice porridge topped with spiced and sweetened apricots and you know what I’m talking about. It transports you to a different place where the sun is shining, Turkish coffee is served and you get lost in the hustle and bustle of the spice and fruit bazaars….