Imam Baildi

Imam Baildi is a rich and heavy vegetarian dish that came about from Old Istanbul (Constantinople) and Asia Minor (the coast of modern-day Turkey). Its name means ‘The stuffed Imam who collapsed/fainted’ because he was so full after eating too much. George’s grandmother and her family were from Asia Minor – their family had to…

Beef in Red Wine (Boeuf Bourguignon)

I feel very French-inspired lately, as I was away in Paris the last week of April (and I was in Istanbul the week before that). And you cannot get more Parisienne than Rachel Khoo. Her Little Paris Kitchen cookbook is so cute, and I love it! This is based on both Rachel Khoo and Julia…

Bhel

I was first introduced to Bhel as I read the opening paragraph to The Namesake, about the main character Gogol’s mother and her attempts at making a snack that she sorely missed. It somewhat reminded me of a snack I once had when I was growing up in Malaysia – unable to remember the name…