Friday, June 11, 2010

GastronomicGallivant: Turkish Borek, Bath/BedRoom Vanities and an upcoming GIVEAWAY

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Vanity is my middle name! That said, I have to say Powder room is my favorite room ever. Every night, sitting on an elegant little vanity stool,looking at myself in the mirror for minutes at a stretch and brushing my not-so-long hair gives me sufficient time to regroup and refocus my thoughts to mentally get ready for a brand new day. How about you? If I had a Sprawling Victorian Mansion that boasted at-least a couple of Powder Rooms, I would furnish them with the following Vanity from JustVanities(From the CSN Stores Network)-

Doesn't this vanity set have an old-world charm? I certainly wouldn't mind sitting on that vanity stool,gaze into that beautiful mirror and maybe even pose "that" question to it-- Mirror, Mirror on the wall..I won't like the answer but still a girl can only hope.
Love this gilded regency wall sconce.Certainly what I would want in my dream Vanity Room.

The other Vanity room would have a set with modern spin, like the one below-
A touch of class, to that room with this Paris Flea Market Chandelier-
Tempted to add a powder room or renovate/refurbish an existing one? Check
Also, stay tuned for an upcoming Giveaway post. Its bigger and better than the last time.

Now onto the Turkish Borek Recipe-
Borek - A Pastry made with Yufka leaves. Yufka leaves, at a first glance looks like a Yard-long finely-spun fabric. A turkish phyllo, if you will. I was taught how to make this in a Turkish cooking class. The taste of Feta Cheese and Spinach filling pastry will knock your socks off. Really good but also packed with calories. Can't be your go-to everyday meal for that very reason.
Ingredients(For 10-12 people):
  • Yufka sheets - 6 (Availble in Turkish Markets) [Tip:Phyllo sheets may be used instead]
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Thick Yogurt - 1 cup
  • Vegetable Oil - 1/2 cup
  • Eggs - 2, whisked
  • Feta Cheese - 16 oz, crumbled
  • Frozen Spinach -  2/3 cup, thawed and completely drained of moisture
  • 16" X 2" baking pan
  • In a bowl, add the cheese and spinach. Mix and set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix together the milk, yogurt, oil and whisked eggs. 
  • Arrange 2 sheets of Yufka leaves on the baking tray and sprinkle 4-5 tbsp of the above egg mixture.
  • Layer with 1 sheet of Yufka and sprinkle with 4-5 tbsp of egg mixture.
  • Sprinkle all the cheese and spinach mixture.
  • Arrange 2 more sheets of Yufka leaves on top of the cheese-spinach mixture and sprinkle 4-5 tbsp of the egg mixture.
  • Top with the last sheet of Yufka and pour the remaining egg mixture on top.
  • Let this sit for 20 minutes prior to baking.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake until the top is browned like in the picture.
  • Cut it into squares or diamonds and serve warm as an appetizer or brunch choice.
    Serves 10-12 people.

    Note: No need to add salt as the Feta Cheese is Salty.

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    1. cool lassie its really strange that last time when u hosted a give away at that time also i hosted the give away again this time ur hosting it back and i wrote review on vanity again
      same pinch girl

    2. AHhh so delicious and with a preview of some exciting news dat awaits us soonnnnn...
      looking foward to ur giveaway!!!

    3. Great snack! I like sweet version Borek with lots of nuts.

      Have a nice weekend!

    4. Instead of spinach, you can use parsley also. I love it =)

      We have another stuffing for spinach borek too =)

      Stir small pieces onion in the hot oil. (1/4 cup of oil for 3 medium onion) When they turn pink-yellow color add boiled spinach and some spices (black-red pepper,salt).. Stir them 5 min. When they are warm, you can use it like cheess-spinach =)

      I tried to write it down but I am not sure that I am helpful enough.. Please search it, because thats my favorite.. (also potato one)

      Woo now I am hungry =) I have frozen yufka, I will try your recipe =)

      Thanks =)

    5. Your vanity is stunning. I love it. I get my thoughts together while sitting at my counter with a really good cup of hot coffee early in the morning, before anyone else gets up.

    6. Borek looks interesting..Beautiful dish never tried yet..

    7. Your borek looks excellent with spinach and feta!

    8. Borek looks very delicious and very nicely presented by you.

      Thank you for wishing me on my 100th post.Would love to see your delicious recipes with barley.

      I would also like to know if you would like to host this whole foods event in the future.Sure can use your help.Let me know.

      Thank you.

    9. U so not the vanity set typa girl... i think they are always garish even in these huge victorian homes :O mayb cos ive never really had one... but the new swankier ones look a lil more pleasant..
      Is this CSN stores' another promo..cos i saw on a few other blogs too...

    10. Nothing happens if you roll pastry on the granite. They even temper chocolate on granite, but I can understand some people's hesitation in doing so. I bought it from Christmas tree shop in boston. It was very cheap just 7 bucks.

    11. Different recipe looks yummylicious dear!!

      Happy weekend!!

    12. thts a temting appetizer to ravioli with spinach and feta though....looks lovely..great for the girls party...

      from ur last comment...yeah hv completed 5yrs of togetherness and love...we still love to celebrate the special days..hope this stays for couple of yrs...
      so how u delight/surprise ur hubby on his bday...belated wishes to him...

      happy weekend...

    13. You have just reminded me that the last vanity I had was about 20 years ago! I need to get one!
      Also, this dish sounds just delicious; too bad it is caloric, but then one can eat that and nothing else , right?

    14. First time here,mouthwatering recipe.u got quite a collection...

    15. I have been having serious feta and spinach CRAVINGS lately! This looks like just the thing to satiate them! THanks so much for posting it!

    16. Turkisk Borek looks really good. I liked the items in the giveaway.

    17. Awesome look, an outstanding recipe.
      Wishing you a great weekend ♥

    18. Adpoly recipe dear. Looks very tempting...!

      Hope you would be interested in the ongoing event "I Love My Dad" . Do check out my space.

    19. seeing the thumbmail thought I'm in interior decor blog. those chair are very classic and recipe looks delicious

    20. Wow the boerk looks very tempting will try when i get pastry sheets.

    21. wow those are some real classic pieces. I so eagerly look forward to build my dream house to get at least a few pieces like these.
      saw Borek once on the program Cheese slice. you made it look very professional. I can only imagine the great flavour...looks delish.

    22. You always have something new for us :) Very interesting dish :)

    23. yummy Turkish food you will be there one day lol

    24. Thats a really delicious and interesting snack..

    25. This looks wonderful. It reminds me of spanakopita only better. Can plain old filo dough be substituted? I will definitely give this a try. This is my kind of dish for sure.

      Beautiful vanities and lights. When I was growing up, my best friend had the most beautiful vanity, like the one in the first picture, and I envied her so. I never did get one:(

      Thanks for the link to the candy post. That was really nice of you. I haven't had time to read the whole post, but it looks like they have some great candy ideas:) Once again, we are on the same wave length because when I made the PB cups, I was thinking of what else I could put inside the chocolate:)

    26. wow...another of your turkish to try thisone out.
      dont feel like blogging on an unannounced break.Iam blaming it on summer and its activities.Will start blogging when I feel so. cheers..

    27. Lassi, click to add a recipe in foodista, and add the widget in your post, then your entry would be automatically pulled.

    28. Hello Lassie!

      This dish looks scrumptious! My mouth is watering at the site of it!

      In regards to your question about Foodista, you can embed the widget wherever you like. I just usually put all the links at the bottom of the post.
      Another tip about Foodista is that if you submit enough recipes, you'll received a free Foodista apron!
      Have fun & Cheers~

    29. Hey thats a gr8 give away and yummy dish...really very good one and the pics was awesome...

    30. Wooow nice rich dessert dear,,never tried yet..

    31. Wow!! Feta and spinach sounds like a great combo wrapped in crispy sheets.

    32. Hi dear, fabulous photos and delicious recipe! Thanks for your nice comment. Kisses

    33. u have a lovely blog... like ur posts :).. congratulations!!

    34. Looks very crunchy and delicius.Flakey pastry with awesome filling.

    35. Looks good. I used to love feta cheese, but now I don't eat cheese. Thanks for the entry.


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