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Gourmet Gift – Turkish Delights

05.02.2009 · Posted in Gourmet Gifts for Foodies

Turkish Delights are not very popular in North America unless you consider that they are the basis for applets and cot-lets.  According to the Bekir Confectioners of Istanbul, Turkish Delights or lokum have been made since the 1500′s but it wasn’t until the 19th century that they made their way to Britain and the rest ...

Pickled Ginger (Gari or Beni Shoga)

I’ve been using this recipe for the last 20 years and it never fails to impress my guests.  It’s from Jeff Smith’s book, The Fugal Gourmet – Our Immigrant Ancestors.  The only thing I’ve changed is to substitute the red food-coloring with a sliver of red beet.  Be sure to buy fresh young ginger root ...

Daikon (Salad & Pickles)

Daikon radish is fairly common in supermarkets and Farmers Markets these days.  And it’s not just for Asian cuisine anymore either.  It tastes very much like our little red radishes, perhaps more mild.  If you haven’t tried daikon,  it could be an acquired taste, I urge you to buy a small one and experiment.  Here’s ...

Sweet and Sour Dried Figs

Sweet & Sour Dried Figs Many years ago I lived in a small cottage overlooking Puget Sound in West Seattle.  Outside my backdoor was a green fig tree which literally dripped with sweet syrup when the figs were ripe.  The harvest of these jewels yielded many jars of fig butter with walnuts, dried figs, preserved figs ...