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Another farmers market visit day and again the fridge is full of wild herbs. We missed so much to have them around all the time, since weeks, every farmers market day we come home and cook something with them. Easy, healthy and delicious.

Today we had malllow frittata for the lunch. Leaves of roughly chopped bunch of mallows, sliced spring onions, eggs, corn flour or fine bread crumbs, olive oil, salt, black pepper, dried red chilli flakes. Ta taaa! Enjoy your frittata!

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Bu hafta pazarda otların arasında yine kendimizi kaybettik ve buzdolabını otla doldurduk. İstediğimiz zaman elimizin altında ot bulunması rahatlığını o kadar özlemişiz ki, haftalardır pazara gittikten sonra eve koşup hemen birkaç çeşit ot yemeği yapıp afiyetle götürüyoruz. Hem kolay, hem sağlıklı, hem de lezzetli.

Bugün pazar dönüşü de ebegümecili kaygana pişirdik. Kabaca doğranmış ebegümeci yaprakları, ince doğranmış taze soğan, yumurta, mısır unu ya da galeta unu (bizim evdeki usûl, kavanoz diplerinde hangisinden arta kalmış varsa bitirmek için o), zeytinyağı, tuz, karabiber, kırmızı pulbiber. Şifa niyetine…

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After having weeks without rain, enjoying the sun with a temperature around 15-16 °C in Istanbul, today we have a dark and freezing winter day.  We woke up little bit early and headed to Bomonti Flea Market near the old Bomonti Beer Factory.

The flea market is settled on sundays at the same market place where Istanbul’s only organic market takes place on saturdays. Bomonti Flea Market has a character between flea market and antiques market. There are enough stalls to spend at least one hour looking to oldies. The dealers are kind but as a couple who spend lot of time in antiques markets and shops, when we compared some prices with our previous purchases from other markets and shops,  we can easy say that at least half of them are talking about unrealistic prices (sometimes ten times more). As in all antiques markets, here also to bargain is welcome.

Despite the cold wind and the high prices, we spent couple of hours there and came back home with two trophies: an old green glass bottle and a traditional Turkish hard candy jar. Happy? Yep!

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Haftalardır İstanbul’da yağmursuz, 15-16 derece civarında seyreden güneşli havanın tadını çıkardıktan sonra, sonunda karanlık ve buz gibi bir hava var dışarıda. Bugün biraz erken kalktık ve eski Bomonti Bira Fabrikası’nın yakınında kurulan Bomonti Bit Pazarı’na yollandık.

Bit pazarı pazar günleri, cumartesi günleri kurulan İstanbul’un tek organik pazarının kurulduğu pazar yerinde kuruluyor. Bomonti Bit Pazarı, bit pazarıyla antika pazarı karışımı bir yapıya sahip. Eskilere bakarak en az bir saat dolanabileceğiniz kadar tezgâh var pazarda. Satıcılar kibar ama antika pazarlarında ve dükkânlarında çokça vakit geçiren bir çift olarak çok rahat söyleyebiliriz ki, en azından yarısı uçuk (zaman zaman on kata kadar varan) fiyatlardan söz ediyorlar. Bütün antika pazarlarında olduğu gibi burada da pazarlığa açıklar.

Soğuk soğuk üfüren rüzgâra ve yüksek fiyatlara rağmen, birkaç saat dolandık pazarda ve eve iki ganimetle döndük: Yeşil eski bir şişe ve bir şekerlemeci akide şekeri kavanozu. Mutlu muyuz? Olma mı!

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This week we made our first visit of the year to farmers market, we lost ourselves between the aromas of fresh vegetables, fruits, goat cheeses, olives, rustic breads and we came back home with our hands full of things we missed when we were away. Two of them are nettles and mallows. Actually in London it’s not difficult to find both but mostly in dog poo areas. And in the markets, they do not bring and sell these herbs picked from the dog poo free areas like in Turkish farmers markets.

In western Turkey, we use to eat lots of vegetables and herbs. Wild herbs form an important part of the diet specially in Aegean region of Turkey. During winter and spring, if we are around our home in the island, we pick them directly from our garden. If we are in Istanbul, we buy from farmers markets. We use them in soups, böreks (Turkish pies made with filo pastry), frittatas.

And sometimes we boil them just few minutes, then drizzle lemon juice or vinegar and olive oil top of it, add one crashed clove of garlic and enjoy with the rakı!

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(Ey Okur! A Cat From London yayın hayatına Londra ellerinde başladığından, Londra’ya yaşamaya ya da gezmeye gelecek her milletten okuyucuya ulaşsın diye dili İngilizce idi. Her ne kadar adında bir değişiklik olmasa da, artık Türkiye’de olduğumuz için yazıları İngilizce ve Türkçe yazmaya karar verdik. Vatana millete hayırlı olsun diyor, açılışı yapıyoruz…)

Yeni yılın ilk pazar ziyaretini bu hafta yaptık. Mis gibi meyve, sebze, keçi peyniri, zeytin, köy ekmeği kokularının arasında kendimizi kaybettik ve sonunda eve elimiz kolumuz özlediğimiz bir sürü şey ile dolu olarak döndük. Uzaktayken en çok özlediğimiz şeylerden biri kışın ve baharda bol bol ot yiyememek olduğundan, ısırgan ve ebegümecileri görür görmez kapıp eve getirdik. Her ne kadar pazarlarında bulunmasa da, Londra elleri ısırgan ve ebegümeci kaynadığından, her yürüyüşte karşımıza çıkıyordu. Üstelik dört mevsim kış olduğundan her daim bulmak mümkündü ama kuçu eesi aromalı olmayanı bulmak neredeyse imkânsızdı.

Adada kendi bahçemizden topladığımız otların körpeliğinin yanından bile geçemeyecek kartlıkta olsalar da, ebegümecilerin bir demedi acilen haşlandı, üzerine zeytinyağı limon gezdirildi, bir diş de dövülmüş sarımsak eklenince akşamki rakı sofrasına mis gibi meze oldu. Şimdi aklımız keçi peyniriyle börek olacak ısırganlarda.

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Saturday came to London with the joy of the sunshine. Following an early wake-up and breakfast, we walked to Broadway Market by the Regent’s Canal. At weekend, for us the best time for walking in canal is early hours of the day, before big happy families, lost tourists and crazy cyclists time. The Regent’s Canal walk is one of our favorites in London. Every time you can see different boats each with its own character, discover little details like a street/canal art, a wood fired earth oven or meet a big heron in the middle of the city.

After the Broadway Market, we walked back home, then to Camden Passage Market and Chapel Market. Bought some photography books, some christmas decorations, made some grocery shopping and tea time, we enjoyed our recorded dramas, photography books at home.

We were expecting another sunny day today but, you know… Then we changed our plans to go to Colombia Road Flower Market and following a lazy morning at home, we went to King’s Head to celebrate the “Super Sunday” accompanied by few pints. First match of the day, Aston Villa-Man United was a good quality 90 minutes football. Man United won with a score 0-3 against Aston Villa. The next match Tottenham-Liverpool, despite the 5 goals of Liverpool wasn’t as tasty as the first match but the result was nice. (Sorry Terry, “it” happens).

Now it’s the time for curry, then tea and British crime dramas at home. Super Sunday=Happy Sunday.

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Today was a  perfect, sunny day in our little kingdom. After a nice breakfast at home we walked to Southbank for a special car boot sale: Classic Car Boot Sale.

It was a very special car boot sale because all sellers came there with their vintage cars and motorcycles, even the food vans were vintage style. It was a real heaven for vintage lovers, classic car and motorcycle fans and there was also some little treats for foodies. We tried lobster rolls of Bob’s Lobster which they were serving from a vintage VW van and it was just “delicious”.

After the car boot sale we walked through Gerrard Street and filled our stomacs with chinese food. Then a little grocery shopping in our favorite Turkish supermarket and finally washing down the chinese food we ate, in our pub with few pints.

Now it’s time for some cups of good tea with homemade peanut butter cookies and enjoy British crime dramas!

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After a nice walk to Old Spitalfields Market in a sunny London day, some vintage shopping.

Perfect for a lazy saturday.

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Yesterday evening we went to Cottons Islington, a Caribbean restaurant in Exmouth Market and it was wonderful. The restaurant, the food, the coctails, the music, the service, everything was perfect.

Caribbean Masterchef 2011 Award winning head chef Andrew McIntosh’s each plate was delicious and well presented. Before our bottle of wine, we tried one of their coctails, The Jamaican Mule, a Caribbean classic of Appleton Special Rum, Angostura bitters, fresh lime and ginger beer.

Then as starters we had Callaloo aspargus and goat cheese tart, drizzled with sun blush tomato dressing and Cottons Caribbean mezze platter, salt fish fritter, plantain, Buffalo wings, ribs and garlic and ginger bread.

As mains we choosed their famous curry goat served with rice and peas and sautéed goat fish, in a light coconut lime leaf curry sauce, served with sea food rice. As dessert we tasted spiced pineapple tart with mango sorbet.

And for icing the cake we tasted one more coctail which called “Killer Dopi”. The info on the menu about this coctail made us to choose this one  for closing: This one’s only for the brave. Four different rums, apricot liqueur, Blue Curacao, orange, pineapple & fresh lime juice. Created to turn the living into a “Doppi” that’s Jamaican for Ghost.

Delicious!

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