Feeling Jammy

My first Hazelnut butter experience went like this: After a food induced frenzy one Autumn morning in Istanbul, I came too and realised I’d devoured almost half the pot. I’d become a little over joyous and slathered mounds of the thick, creamy substance on steaming sesame bread. Fluffing up what remained in the pot in an attempt to hide my greediness, Murat smiled and commented

‘I think you like that!’

In Turkey most supermarkets sell pots of this golden spread, although some brands are tooth – achingly sweet. Its one of those products which is extremely rare anywhere else and if you should be so lucky to find it perched on a trendy supermarket shelf, you’d probably pay an extortionate amount for one measly looking pot. Thank God then that it’s easy to make.

Breakfast is my most cherished meal so why not make it special?

To make use of those citrus fruits you have lying around and haven’t eaten as intended, or those nuts which patiently wait in your store cupboard why not try my recipes for Blushing Marmalade or Roasted Hazelnut & Almond Butter. Sure beats cornflakes!

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About NazarBlue

Growing up with Southern Italian roots, Turkish best friends and Arabic and Greek speaking neighbours, life was lived around abundant tables in warm kitchens. A love for food and feeding was inevitable. It showed me how all people are the same regardless of language and borders – Una Faccia Una Razza! When I became engaged to a Saracen from Istanbul, his relatives not only welcomed me into their family but welcomed me into their kitchen. For me, food is love. Food personifies the people who you hold dearest and speaks of origins and affections. To cook is to create edible offerings of love. NazarBlue embraces food, culture & photography. But by no means the regular stuff you'll find littering the Mediterranean tourist trail. No, no! I cook food with stories behind each dish. I photograph simple things, but try to emphasis natural beauty in a moment or in a scene. And when I travel I live with the locals for an authentic experience. I adore the pockets of culture from the Mediterranean and beyond in this great city, London, and write about the authentic eateries and events I stumble upon, often by chance. I have also uploaded some flash fiction, for no particular reason other than I love a good story.

6 thoughts on “Feeling Jammy

  1. You have hit the nail on the head with such a hit on a not-so-traditional breakfast staple 🙂 Have you tried “krokantli” ? Funny, I never knew what it meant, I looked up now, and it means “crunchy” 🙂

    Being an engineer, I can’t resist giving some factual data about hazelnuts 🙂 Quoting some report I found online:

    Turkey is the world’s leading producer of hazelnuts, accounting for about 70 percent of world supply. Hazelnut production is mainly concentrated along Turkey’s Black Sea coast, extending about 25 kilometers inland. The region is divided into three distinct growing areas: (1) the hilly region east of Ordu to Trabzon, centered around Giresun, producing 60 percent of the crop, (2) the flatter, mixed-farming region west of Ordu to Samsun, producing 15 percent, and (3) the area west of Samsun, producing the remaining 25 percent. Hazelnuts require relatively little effort to cultivate and therefore inputs and labor costs are low. Harvesting, which occurs for several weeks in August, constitutes the bulk of the work required.

  2. Honestly, I’ll never eat peanut butter again!! I attempted pistachio nut butter but I think an industrial blender is needed – boo 😦
    Hope you guys are well 🙂

    • Everything is great, thank you! Hope you guys are doing well, too 🙂
      It just started snowing today for the 3rd time this year – super weird for the normally all-snowy Boston. It seems the rest of the world is getting all the snow; Turkey literally got buried under snow, Bosnia had 2-3 meters snow everywhere with village roads closed and everything. Really tough everywhere else but here.

  3. In British Columbia, Canada, and many other parts of Canada, hazelnut butter and many other nut butters are available, usually in health-food (whole-foods) markets or in health-foods sections of grocery stores. Most of the butters I have seen are unsweetened. So if you come to Canada, and you get a sudden craving for hazelnut spread, you will find it easily.

    However, there is nothing quite so good as double-roasting nuts in your kitchen, then processing them into fresh nut butter! Even better is spreading them on warm, freshly baked bread!

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