Fasolia in Turkish means beans...


On the way home from school with my daughter today, we stopped at our local grocery store to pick up bread for tomorrows breakfast and as always I got distracted by the produce section. When I was smelling the melons and pineapple, I remembered doing the same with my dad when I would go to markets with him. He didn't take me to markets in Iran much but for most of my school years, every summer for almost 3 months Papa would take us around Europe for holiday and most of what the two of us did when other members of the family were shopping was to go to markets.

The first and last country we always visited was Turkey. He had a love for Turkey, it's culture, and it's food. I loved going to farm markets or city bazaars with him. Fruits and veg in Turkey are just somehow different than anywhere else I have ever been. Even compared to other Mediterranean countries, their produce somehow is juicier, crunchier, fresher, sweeter, more aromatic...and sooooo good!!! First time I had artichokes, was in turkey. First time I had asparagus, and arugula it was in Istanbul. And then there is my favorite Turkish dish, Fasolia. Fasolia in Turkish means beans. Yeni Fasolia means new beans. You will find Yeni Fasolia on most menus in Turkey as an appetizer. Served with yogurt and peasant bread, it is a complete meal. The young beans braised with onions, garlic, and tomatoes become tender and juicy. When served hot, they warm you up and you will find that you can't stop dipping your bread in the juice. It is also just as delicious when served cold.

Anyway, a friend was helping me when I was scribbling ideas for this weeks menu and we kept coming up with Mediterranean flavored dishes. Coincidentally another friend asked if I would offer the Mediterranean tofu on the menu again and so that is how we came up with this weeks menu. J always has best suggestions, G gets her tofu, and I get my Fasolia. Hopefully everyone else will be just as happy :)

We are looking forward to cooking this weeks menu for you; and hope that you will be enjoying it as much as we will be preparing it.

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