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This year Scott and me hosted the family xmas at our new digs. This is the first time in my entire life it’s been held anywhere but at my parents’ place. Made me feel very grown up indeed.
Because of our recent Istanbul sojurn we went with a Turkish feast. Here’s me and Scott putting the finishing touches on the main course patates bastisi (potato casserole) and çingene pilavi (gypsy salad) and part of the mezze (first course) haveuç köftesi (carrot rolls with apricots and pine nuts):
And here’s the mezze spread on the table. The dishes are aci domates ezmesi (chilli tomato paste), yoghurt with garlic and lemon juice to go with the carrot rolls, kisir (bulgur patties) which you squeeze lemon on (see the wedge on everyone’s plate), humus (which my sister made), and muhammara (walnut and capsicum dip):
The meal was powered by garlic (it was in every single dish—even dessert! Just kidding! Or am I?) and our mighty mortar and pestle (two of them: one huge, one wee). All the recipes come from Classic Turkish Cookery by Ghillie Başan, which is dead good.
Hope you’re all eating and drinking as well as we are!
Posted by Justine at 20:36, 25 December 2009 under Food, Sydney/Australia | 8 Comments »
Maureen Johnson Says:
I want all of these things. I will be at your house tomorrow.
December 25th, 2009 at 9:40 PM
Merry Christmas Miss Justine! Was your feast all vegetarian? Looks lovely
December 25th, 2009 at 9:42 PM
3. Justine Says:
Maureen: You are most welcome.
CW: It was indeed all vegetarian.
December 25th, 2009 at 10:32 PM
Ellen Kushner Says:
Yum! Turkish food is so much better than plain old turkey. And congrats on your ascension to Generation that Feeds/Hosts the Family.
December 25th, 2009 at 10:35 PM
Sean the Blogonaut Says:
This year was the first I had spent away from family (we usually dine at my parents), we have just moved to a 120 year old farm house in South Australia. So we spent the day with newly made friends. Enjoyed a traditional English lunch. Must admit though the Turkish feast looks delish – will you post the recipes?
December 25th, 2009 at 11:22 PM
Glad you ate well. My Christmas featured delicious Cuban food by virtue of my Cuban-born mother-in-law, who is a terrific cook.
December 26th, 2009 at 9:41 AM
send those recipes to me, okay?
and I LOVED LIAR! it was good…. why don’t you have love is hell on you site? I didn’t even know you took part in it until I searched the web… Thanks for writing!
P.S do you have any different publishing company you could post here, because, well I’m writing four novels and well, I wanted to get them published before I’m in college… thanks so much!
December 26th, 2009 at 12:00 PM
Holly Black Says:
Wow, that looks delicious!
December 26th, 2009 at 1:36 PM
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