Turkish Delight

What a difference a year makes. Last July I was sunning myself under the Grecian skies of Paros having the time of my life while this July’s been somewhat colder! I spent my birthday this week with a day off work, being cooked homemade waffles for breakfast by my boys, followed by lunch out with the family at the Turkish Teahouse in Balwyn where I met the owner Oz who runs his restaurant with his mum and sister – he reminded me of a Turkish version of Shane Delia with just as much charisma and charm. It wasn’t quite Greece, but his Turkish food was equally good in terms of taste, flavour and authenticity – the gozlemes filled with cheese are a real highlight as well as the Turkish dumplings (with loads of garlic!).

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Look out too for the gift shop upstairs as well as the amazing stacked Turkish delight with pistachio made in buckets – very different from the paler pink sugar dusted versions you see in most other shops. I didn’t walk away empty-handed either – Mr Rosanna let me buy the beautiful embossed Turkish teapot on the right (below) which is now complementing my Moroccan teapot on the left. I have a growing number of elephants, Buddha heads and teapots so sometimes joke I need a bigger house to put them all in! Gotta love a collection.

Mr R and I also recently bought a pressure cooker (a fast cooker for us instead of a slow cooker) at Kitchen Warehouse in Bell Street, Preston which is worth a visit if you are a foodie and quite dangerous as there’s lots on offer at great prices. We’ve been giving the cooker a good work out and have already made a couple of beef rendangs while my Italian girlfriends have also said it’s great for making stock and other dishes.

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Speaking of fast, I managed to speed read over the holiday break buying a copy of City of Girls by Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert which I loved for its pure escapism. It’s set in the Art Deco era from the 1920s onwards and is a real romp while Mr R opted for an Australian book Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton, which I will now have to read as he found it gripping. Stay warm this weekend – another week and we’ll then be into the second half of Winter and hopefully some warmer days ahead.

 

 

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Author: missrosannablog

I'm a marketer, writer, blogger and creative type interested in all things art and culture in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ranging from inner city to outer suburbia and beyond.

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