Dreaming of deniz börülcesi

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/c31/25541592/files/2015/01/img_0427.jpgLately, the puppets have been complaining about the polar vortex that has descended upon us.

The little chorus of dancing ladies have had to cover up their skimpy clothes with fat parkas, and they are none too happy at the effect this has on their girlish figures.

I have encouraged them to reframe their feelings from negatives into positives in the form of memory – specifically memories of summer.

As if floating adrift on the Pacific ocean in a boat (just like the characters in the super movie “Unbroken”), all of the puppets have begun dreaming of all their favorite summer food. and today, the topic of their obsession was – sea beans. More specifically deniz börülcesi.  It’s all I have heard about all day.

On the island of Bozcaada, you often see groups of restaurant worker sitting around a table at midday pulling the stems out of each tiny sea bean frond. It is a labor of love. Later, these sea beans are steamed lightly and finished off in the simple sauce of lemon and garlic – with olive oil of course.  You can read all the details about how to prepare this dish over at A Seasonal Cook in Turkey.

Please try these wonderful sea beans the next time you’re on the Aegean coast! And please send some warmth this way!


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4 Responses to Dreaming of deniz börülcesi

  1. Oh how nice it would be to have the temperature rise to 40 degrees! I am wanting to see Unbroken, and haven’t been able to bring myself to go out to the movies because it is so cold!

  2. Alan says:

    readers might wonder what ‘sea-beans’ really are – samphire – which grows in coastal areas in many places around the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samphire

  3. lizcameron says:

    Thank you for this! The puppets kept on telling me that I forgot to mention something important in this post, and now I know what that was!

  4. lizcameron says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice? If you did make it out to see Unbroken, you might wish for the polar vortex again during the South Pacific scenes!!

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