I have been waking up with food dreams ever since I was a child. When I was growing up, our Bosnian- 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 (a dish we call buraniye), I looked down on my plate part hungry but part satisfied as I felt at that moment that I 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 in my own cooking is to recreate sensations, feelings and memories for those around me. My food is autobiographical and I share my subjective experience of cooking with those who eat the dishes I make.
When I moved to Seattle from NY I was excited to find new eating spots, new vegetables, new varieties of fish and meat. 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 regularly cook at home for 2, once or twice a week for another 2 or 3 for friends and at pop-up events upto 40 hungry folks.
Please contact me for food events, in home cooking requests, fun tutorials on cooking or for a casual meetup to chat about shared love of cooking and/or eating.