My name is Adina. I was born in West London and I am in my (very) late 20s. If you’d like to drop me a line you can reach me on email@example.com
NazarBlue is concerned with Food, Travel & Photography, but by no means the regular stuff you’ll find littering online world of self professed ‘foodie’ blogs. No, no! I cook real food with stories behind each dish in a bid to uphold traditions and relate to the people I cherish the most.
Growing up with Southern Italian roots, Turkish best friends and Arabic and Persian neighbours, life was lived around abundant tables and socialising in various kitchens so a love for food and feeding was inevitable. In my life food has always symbolised love and family. Food personifies the people who you hold dearest and speaks of origins and affections. To cook is to create edible offerings of love. When I became engaged to Murat, a dashing a Saracen from Istanbul, his relatives not only welcomed me into their lives but welcomed me into their kitchen. (Now, we’re married )
With all the nationalities I have grown up as part of or been immersed in whilst travelling, I understood how all people are the same regardless of language and borders – Una Faccia Una Razza! One face, one race! People may debate about the origins Baklava or Pizza but doesn’t that show how our histories are shared and borders blurred? But lets face it, we all know that Pizza came from Napoli!
In my cultural addiction section, you can read about the pockets of Mediterranean / Middle Eastern culture I’ve found in London, about authentic and unpretentious eateries, amazing events and my friends whose stories I want to share with you. I photograph the simple things, trying to emphasis timeless beauty in a moment or place. When I travel I try to be a resident rather than a visitor; I stay with families to live an authentic experience and usually end up spending most of my time in the kitchen. You can read about my experiences in the Balkans, Turkey, Italy and beyond in my Travel section.
I have also uploaded some flash fiction, for no particular purpose. (Please feel free to point out any mistakes – sometimes pages of script blur into one fuzzy mess and words fly around. My mother says if I was a pupil in her class she’d classify me as dyslexic.)
Why the name ‘Nazar Blue’? Well, considering the cultures which have had a profound influence on my life, the concept of the Evil Eye has always been somewhere in the background. We had little horn-shaped, coral talismans (Cornicelli) to ward the ‘malocchio’ away in my very Neapoletan household. Family rituals for good luck and other superstitious influenced by those around me ensued. Then when I hit my teenage years a real love for the Evil Eye charms (Nazar Boncuk) developed when my Turkish friends brought them back from their summers abroad. The glass beauties hung on door frames and were worn around wrists, so beautifully made that they seemed as if incredibly precious. The blue colour shone as deep as the Mediterranean Sea. This is how NazarBlue was born, two of the things I love the most intertwined; the Evil Eye Charm and the Sea which unites so many people. So on this site I aim to share food and stories with you under a virtual vine canopy, sipping tea, away from the blazing sun.
I have so many countrys on my ‘to see list’. I’m not quite sure why I have such an affinity to the Med, but most of the countries I yearn to visit lie along it’s coastline. Luckily, living in London there are so many amazing restaurants / concerts / pockets of diaspora to be found that it temporarily quenches the urge to leave. Top countries on my list? Lebanon and Morocco. Yalla!
I hope my blog inspires you to cook or motivates you to travel.
All media / writing is my own unless specified, please ask permission if you would like to use any material – the chances are I will say yes!