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Orange And Figs Salad (Recipe)

You may noticed the fresh figs, or other figs by-product you find in your local grocers are majority imported from Greek or Turkey.  There are two seasons for Turkish figs; the first or "breba" season is the first few weeks in June. The second or "new wood" season typically runs from August through October.    As we have stepped into the first day of June, I am going to share a salad recipe that uses figs as one of the main ingredient.   This Salad combines ingredients from the Mediterranean locals and the Western food markets.  This fusion dish is a perfect representation of Istanbul - a city that cross over Asia and Europe, and a city I now called home.  Enjoy! Ingredients 1 orange 2 tsp fennel...

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Make Your Own Beeswax Food Wrap (Fun DIY)

I was first introduced to beeswax food wrap two years ago when I visited a handmade craft show in Toronto, Canada.  I was approached by a gentlemen who was the owner of a home based beeswax wrap business.  I was attracted to the ideas of this eco-friendly product that is reusable, washable and sustainable alternative to single-use plastic.  What fascinated me the most was the owner handmade all their beeswax wraps in his home kitchen, using very simple tools you can find at home, and ingredients you can get from your local grocery store.  The owner was very kind to share some of the secrets of how he made his own beeswax food wraps, and together with my own research, I will...

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Eggplant Casserole (Recipe)

I love eggplant.  Much like I portobello mushroom, it is not only nutritious but also flavorful.  This is my first eggplant recipe I am sharing with you, but I can guarantee this will not be the last.    If you like eggplant, I think you will love this eggplant casserole recipe.  The combination of roasted eggplant slices, tangy tomato sauce, garlic and herbs, and served room temperature in a lasagna-like slab. One slice is so delicious in its simplicity.  This recipe is a vegetarian dish.  For meat lovers, feel free to add ground beef to the recipe. Ingredients 2 Medium Eggplants (thinly sliced) 1/2 tsp Sea Salt To taste, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 1 Small Yellow Onion 2 cloves of Garlic, minced 1/4 tsp Crushed Red...

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Our Story - Falling in love in Istanbul (Journal)

  My name is Monica.  An Asian-Canadian girl with a 9-5 corporate job and a part-time entrepreneur who likes to turn my hobbies into side businesses.  I love travel and food.  I enjoy cooking.  While other may find it messy and time consuming, I find it soothing and encourages creativity.  From creating menus and recipes, to shopping for the ingredients and turn them into delicious meals.  The entire cooking process is my stress therapy, especially when I am cooking for the people I care. I also love to travel.  I first set foot in the mysterious and beautiful city - Istanbul, Turkey - in 2014.  It was on my bucket list and I have planned for months for this trip.  Not...

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