Recently I had guests for lunch. Guests from Turkey. Pretty special, don’t you think? My friend Mehmet and his lovely family are being hosted by my good friends, Catherine and Jack. I was delighted that they could fit in a visit as their schedule is fully loaded –  just like a good tour. Mehmet is a tour operator in Turkey, and he is an excellent guide. He makes history come alive, and his knowledge of Turkish culture, geography and history is amazing! He has great connections and knows how to look after people. If you want the best experience possible in Turkey, you should get in touch with Mehmet at Turfantastik.

I know that my friends are being wined and dined (figuratively if not literally) for the 3 weeks that they are spending in Canada, so I wanted a light yet tasty lunch that everyone would enjoy. Mehmet and Ozlem’s twin girls, Sezin and Selin, are 9 years old, so I didn’t want to serve anything that would be too weird for them. Their son, Onurkan, is 16 and going to attend camp here in Canada for a week. I figured he should get used to eating anything that comes along, since that’s the way it will be at camp.

lunch guests

more lunch guestsLook at these cuties! This trip is a great adventure for the whole famiy and I’m glad I could be part of it.

sweet girls

Speaking of cuties, take a look at these veggies. I dare you to show me a better looking plate of vegetables. I mean really, isn’t it beautiful? (I can only talk this way because we’re friends.) We dined on the deck. The vegetables turned out well (the onions were unbelievably sweet). I thought some lightly dressed greens would be nice along with a simple quinoa salad. I was even almost ready when everyone arrived!

grilled vegetables



mango fool with blueberries

We finished our lunch with mango fool and fresh blueberries. With good food, great friends and glorious weather, it was a wonderful lunch. I’ll be posting recipes for the menu as I find time.

23 thoughts

  1. take it from me – lunch was amazing! Terri I was thrilled that you would take the time to make such a great meal after your huge weekend with the reunion. thank you!! we send our greetings from Saltspring Island where we are receiving yet more great hospitality from W and S – the ‘smores’ last night over the fire pit were a huge success with the girls….


  2. So kind of you to host my Turkish friends! I just wish that I could have been there to savor your amazing lunch. Ozlem is an amazing cook aswell, she and Mehmet are always so kind to include me for dinners in their garden in Istanbul, I am sure she appreciated all the work you but into their Canadian lunch. Sending big love from hot and sticky Istanbul! xoxox


    1. So sorry you couldn’t join us at lunch. You know you are always welcome at my table. We had a lovely visit and who doesn’t need a good excuse to tidy up? Thanks for stopping by. You probably don’t want to know it’s slightly overcast and cool here…


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