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Selimiye, Bozburun Peninsula

Here are some photos of what I got to see of Turkey’s south western mediterranean coast.
We picked up a boat in Marmaris and wound our way around the craggy coast of the Bozburen Peninsula to Palamat on the Daçta Peninsula. Some of the secluded bays we anchored in were accessible only by boat and populated with one building, which was usually a restaurant. The owners would greet us by row-boat as we entered their harbor and help us moore or anchor; then they would ask us what time we would like to reserve for supper. Our routine was to arrive in the afternoon and alternate between swimming and sipping wine on deck until dark.  We would then head in to shore for dinner. Our meals consisted of  mezze and if you ate fish or meat, then the catch of the day too, which was sometimes wild goat. The mezze gave me plenty of choice: mashed fava beans, purslane in thick yogurt, marinated beets, stewed eggplant and tomato, sea beans and antep ezme which became a favorite on the sandwiches we made for lunch. It’s like tomato salsa but paste-like made with a special pepper called aci pul biber. (more…)

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Happy New Year!

stella and alfie in the afternoon sun

I am very excited to announce my brand new website amychaplin.com. It feels so perfect to be telling you all on the first day of the year!

You can link to the site from here on the menu above . I also hope you like the new look of coconut and quinoa, I can’t wait to start posting!

I want to thank everyone who helped me with the site and  Catherine Hnatov for her beautiful design.

Here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011.

Amy xo

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Seasonal Cleanse

burdock and broth ingredients

burdock and broth ingredients

Every year during the early spring and fall I like to spend a few days cleansing in preparation for the impending seasonal change. I love the clarity cleansing brings and enjoy shaking up my routine.  Plus, a cleanse will help break any habits that have snuck into your diet. (more…)

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composting

compost

compost

Emptying the compost was one of my chores as a child, it meant carrying the full bucket up the hill and dumping it onto the great mound at the end of the garden, then hosing the bucket out and picking a handful of pennyroyal mint to put in the bottom, so that while it sat under the kitchen sink it smelt nice.
Both my parents are enthusiastic composters, my father starts one where ever he lives and my mother buries special biodynamic herbal preparations in hers.  (more…)

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Blooming Hill Farm

grilled vegetables and salad

grilled vegetables and salad

Last weekend we went up to Guy Jones’  Blooming Hill Farm. I love this place and think of it as the next best thing to having a country house. Located about 60 miles from the city, it only takes a little over an hour to get to. (more…)

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