I had the opportunity to go visit a friend in Istanbul, Turkey last month- an ate my way through the city [within days]
Being Israeli, a lot of the food in Turkey is similar- though there are so many amazing, unique dishes and flavor profiles that don’t come close to anything I’ve seen before. It was very interesting to experience them, and try so much in such a short time.
I’ve been trying my luck with Simit since I’ve left- but no luck thus far! Lokma cafe was definitely my favorite- probably because I loved breakfast more than anything else. Kaymak is a clotted-cream and honey mixture that is eaten during that time, usually with a bread such as Simit. For me, it is the perfect start to a day!
On Friday Night, I hosted an event for 12 of some of the most amazing influencers in the game right now. Instead of just doing a simple three course meal, we designed a tasting menu with summer flare. It was such a pleasure meeting and working with such amazing people who are changing the world.
The Summer Tasting Menu
Strawberry Crostini topped with chèvre Cheese, port wine marinated strawberry, topped with walnut
Grilled Peach topped with arugula, walnuts, and a balsamic vinaigrette
Summer Melon wrapped in prosciutto with a mint garnish
Crab Cake with Red Pepper Aioli
Roast Chicken Panini with brie, granny smith apples, and micro greens
Braised Short Rib Taco topped with a corn salsa and mexican crema
Grilled Pineapple brazilian-style with cinnamon sugar
Creme Brûlée Duo classic vanilla bean or chocolate hazelnut creme Brûlées, served with whipped cream and sliced strawberries
key in season ingredients: melon, peach, red pepper, corn, apple, arugula, mint
Short Rib Tacos with grilled corn salsa
prosciutto wrapped melon with mint, photo courtesy of @_alexestevez on instagram
photo courtesy of @sdpallday on instagram
It’s time to go and enjoy the rest of the summer, and start prepping for what is to come next! -B
The 100th post from TheCoutureCook will be short, but all because of a busy schedule, and plenty of great, and exciting new developments! Also, we are now an official LLC.
The Couture Cook, LLC
After catering two events (both were planned to have +/- 200 people, so it’s been madness!) I finally decided that I’d be expanding to catering events, though only one or two a year, for up to 150 people! As a gift for all of my hard work, my mother treated me to the most exciting present ever, a new Knives Set! I’m super excited to continue building and designing new exciting recipes… all with the ever so precise, quality new knives set. Right now, the bids are in for a classic 9-piece Shun set; check them out! I was really set on viking but after talking to a colleague I think I’m in love!
New happenings have not slowed down, though. If you haven’t already, check out my new site: http://www.thecouturecook.com it’s not completely dont; but we’ve put it up and it will include all thecouturecook & doughnate information!