I woke up with dreams of food ever since I was a young child. As a child, our Bosno- Turkish home dishes were occasions just on their own. As my mother baked potatoes lightly dusted with flour in the oven and served with garlic yoghurt with a touch of hot chili oil on top, I looked down on my plate part hungry part satisfied for having discovered what happiness is . When I grew up and moved from Istanbul to New York, in between teaching classes I would take a break so that I could have a serving of hand pulled noodles from Xian Famous Foods. The stretchy noodles with cumin flavored lamb was the highlight of my day. My goal is to recreate sensations, feelings and memories with my cooking for those around me. My food is autobiographical and I share my subjective experience of cooking with those who eat the dishes I make.
I moved to Seattle over a year ago to find new places, new vegetables, new fish and new meat to create feelings about. As I dream of the slice of bread topped with Matiz Sardines at the Whale Wins, or as I ponder which mushroom to buy at Pike Place Market my life journey adds new flavors to my dishes.
Currently I cook at home, at pop-up settings and on-demand. I cooked for up to 35 people and I prepared food for events of friends for over 50 people.
Please contact me for upcoming events, food making requests or for a casual meetup to chat about love of cooking and eating.