Thursday, 19 March 2015

A Bouquet of Bloggers

Instagram is the way to go I am told - well I've gone but I have no idea what to do with it. Any suggestions? 


Is there a collective name for bloggers, specifically bloggers interested in healthy food?  An "abundance" sounds good, a "bucketload" doesn't.  A"bunch" seems a bit crude and a "bundle" even more so. I'd almost plumped for "bevy" when "bouquet" came to me. This seems appropriate for the fragrant ladies that met up on Saturday at Erenler Sofrası.  Aslıhan, the proprietor had invited some of Istanbul's choice culinary writers to spend  the week-end with her as she showcased the Spring attractions of this part of South West Turkey and I was lucky enough to be invited along for the day.   So many city dwellers now think of Bodrum purely in terms of Summer/nightclubs/posh restaurants/beaches/ expensive yachts that Aslı decided to highlight the charm of rural life around Bodrum with trips to out-of-the-way villages, quiet seafronts, rural vineyards and a cookery demonstration of  local 'ot' recipes in her Ortakent restaurant. "Ot" translates as grass but means any greenery picked wild at this this of the year. It could be white mustard, nettles, wild fennel, broad bean tops, wild asparagus, chard, radish tops and so on.  Many of them will remain a mystery to me and often to those that sell them.  I often spy something in the market that I'm not familiar with and having asked the name I am fobbed off with "yellow grass" or "bitter grass".  Both the vendor and I know that they used that name for something else the week before.

Oya Emerk and Aslıhan Mutlu

Oya's Cuisine is in both English and Turkish and is full of just about everything you could ever want to know about Turkish food and dining. She also has a write up of her long week-end in Bodrum so I recommend you click on the link and take a look.

Funda Aydeniz testing white mustard greens with apricots.

Funda's blog arenandfamily is full of recipes, restaurants and is extremely useful for any of you with young families who live or pass through Istanbul.


Selma Mollaoğlu obviously more experienced than me and taking shots with the light behind her.

Selma's blog is a  cornucopia of recipes and has a translate button that will translate to every language.


Sibel Yalçın handy behind the camera as well as in front of it. 

Sibel's blog is also a beautifully laid-out selection of recipes. She is the TV cook on Derya's World on Kanaltürk on Tuesdays. 

Selin Rozanes, founder of Turkish Flavours, the pioneer of culinary tours in Turkey was also one of our party, but managed to avoid my lens, but if you click on the above links, both she and I are lurking in the back of the others' photos.

I'm going back to Erenler Sofrası this Saturday for an Indian Food extravaganza, click on the link if you'd like to join in.

17 comments:

  1. Slavering somewhat....why am I always on the other side of the world....

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    1. I feel the same when I read your blog!

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  2. I loved reading your wonderful post. "A Bouquet of Bloggers " is very innovational and graceful. Thanks to Aslı,we really had an amazing week-end in Bodrum. It was great meeting you too, hopre to see you again. Love
    oya

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    1. Hope to catch up with you when you come back to Bodrum.

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  3. Thanks, Annie! You know we are real food lovers and we cook, too. We really like Indian food. But Instagram? Sorry, we can't help you.

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    1. I am really looking forward to "Indian Saturday"

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  4. . . recently found a blog theme that hides all those 'essential' social media things in a 'now-you-see-it; now-you-don't' side panel. Amazing how much trivial, social interaction has declined - bliss! Haven't had the pleasure of meeting up with InstaGram - even more bliss!

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    1. I don't know why i was persuaded to join up.

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  5. Instagram, the big thing for trendy young things and their iphones. How about a feast/banquet/taste/cuisine/kitchen/course of foodie bloggers? Take you pick!

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    1. A Banquet of bloggers is brilliant.

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  6. Places like Erenler Sofrasi makes Bodrum so attractive for me, really hope to make it there next time. Instagram is an area I haven't explored either, we should have a go sometime : )

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    1. I can only hope that you might consider a day's demonstration.

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  7. Love and embrace Instagram - easy, doesn't take much time and it's feel-good, harmless fun an you don't need to be an expert...just my two penneth. :) Love 'a bouquet of bloggers' and thanks for the links. Off to look these ladies up right now! :)

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    1. I need to come to Fethiye for lessons

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  8. Looks like you all had a great time. Wish I could be there for the Indian Saturday.

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  9. Not sure one can do Instagram on a laptop. ;) I'd much rather sit here and have my taste-bud tickled by all the lovely links in this post.

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