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Feeling Mallow // Grünes Wunder vom Wegesrand

Feeling Mallow // Grünes Wunder vom Wegesrand // by FructopiaFeeling Mallow // Grünes Wunder vom Wegesrand // by Fructopia

(Die Deutsche Version findet ihr wie immer im Anschluss an den englischen Text)
It may just be the season, but the whole blogosphere and Instagram community seems to be going crazy about smoothies and smoothie bowls at the moment. I’ve also been observing an increasing demand for smoothies low in fructose, which are just a little bit more challenging to make. I already introduced you to my own favourite smoothie recipe a while ago, but in general I keep on combining and testing whichever ingredients I manage to get my hands on. One of my favourite finds so far this year is marshmallow. Ok, not quite, but close. It’s actually the common mallow. Common mallow is this lovely little plant, which grows on the side of roads and hiking paths, which we usually don’t pay much attention to. Most people don’t even know that its leaves as well as flowers are edible and that both make wonderful additions to any salad. When added to soups, mallow acts as a thickening agent. Of course you can make some delicious tea with it too. But it is not just its taste that draws me to common mallow. In the end it’s all the more fun, when there are some additional health benefits involved, right? So what good can mallow do for you? First of all it is rich in Vitamin C and beneficial mucilage. The abundant mucilage soothes throat inflammations and coughs. It also has a slightly laxative effect. Not too shabby, don’t you think? What’s best is: Common mallow is free. When you are out on your next walk in an area that resembles nature you’ll probably start spotting it everywhere. Because it literally grows everywhere. That small patch of grass, the one that all the dogs in your neighborhood choose to pee on, does not count though. So grab your book for identifying local, wild flora, go out and collect some mallow for your salad and this smooth spring smoothie. Recipe after the jump. There is a German version too …

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Rainbow Salad With Herbs Galore // Regenbogensalat mit reichlich Kräutern

Rainbow Salad With Herbs Galore // Regenbogensalat mit reichlich Kräutern

Rainbow Salad With Herbs Galore // Regenbogensalat mit reichlich Kräutern

(Die Deutsche Version findet ihr wie immer im Anschluss an den englischen Text)
Spring arrived in Istanbul a few weeks ago and we are already heading full speed towards Summer. While in Southern Turkey the skin-warming sun lures people into the sea for the first time this year, in Istanbul we are celebrating the sun’s return by letting sweet and plump, bright red strawberries melt in our mouths. All the while the Spring showers, turning the Black Sea region into a bright green wonderland, are responsible for the abundance of delicate and rich greens on display at our weekly farmers market. Trying to refrain oneself from those treats would almost be an insult to this country’s fertility. Thus, happily volunteering to pay tribute, mint, parsley, dill, thyme, basil and other greens pile up in our kitchen every week. We’ve become quite creative in terms of putting the various herbs to use, though sometimes we just can’t keep up and the delicate little plants wither away. To use up all of the herbs in due time I came up with this little rainbow salad. Instead of the usual lettuce I put in bol bol (Turkish for plenty of) fresh herbs resulting in a feast for the eyes and fireworks for your taste buds. I wouldn’t even mind having this salad two days in a row. Recipe after the jump. There is a German version too …

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Beetroot-Nettle-Quiche Low in Fructose // Fruktosearme Brennnessel-Rotebeete-Quiche

Beetroot-Nettle-Quiche Low in Fructose // Fruktosearme Brennnessel-Rotebeete-Quiche // by Fructopia(Die deutsche Version findet ihr im Anschluss an den englischen Text)

I’m back. Six weeks have gone by with our new Turkish life keeping me too busy to prepare my next post. So here it goes, just in time for our two month Istanbul anniversary. Let’s see, what have we been up to during these past couple weeks? Well, the first five weeks we spent unpacking and packing our stuff, moving from one part of the city to another and enjoying the endless hospitality of our local friends. We were, and still are, incredibly lucky to have such amazing Turkish friends, who made it possible for us to stay with them, while looking for and eventually finding a place of our own. Three weeks ago we moved into our own flat and let me tell you, it’s beautiful! It’s located in the center of the city and the rent is pretty cheap compared to the horrendous rents elsewhere in this city. We have a view of the Golden Horn and three roosters that live in front of our window, adding a rural touch to our surroundings. Yes, I’m still talking about Istanbul, home to over 15 million people.  And finally, two weeks after moving in, our friend by the name of Internet decided to join us. So we have been busy catching up with our families and friends abroad and reviewing new Turkish vocabulary on Memrise (I love this tool!). We also welcomed our first guests from Germany to our new home. Together we embarked on trips to the Asian side of Istanbul and to Bursa, home to the classical Turkish dish called Iskender Kebap. We rode the Bosphorus ferries and fell silent in stunning buildings and mosques, while frequently sipping on Turkish tea, enjoying a rare low-fructose Mojito (the secret ingredient: Jasmine tea!) and discovering Yoghurt-Rice-Soup.

The incredible view from our flat:
Pera Palace Hotel, Kasımpaşa Stadium, Aqueduct, Fatih Camii, Golden Horn.

Another recent pastime of ours has been the gradual filling up of our supply cabinet and gigantic fridge, geting me in the mood to attempt some new recipes. The first recipe I’m about to share with you is a recipe for a low-fructose quiche, which I prepared last Sunday for our house-warming/thank you brunch. While my boyfriend cooked an incredibly delicious chili-con-carne, I wanted to serve something without meat, low in fructose and easy to prepare, which lead me to a quiche. There is more and it’s in German too …

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