Merhaba! I'm Hale, a Kuwait born, Turkish expat who fell in love with a Dutch man, got married and moved to Eindhoven from Istanbul. Before my life in Eindhoven, I was lucky enough to work in the heart of music and art festivals with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) while working at a digital marketing agency too.
Watching my mother cook for years has rewarded me after I started craving her food and had to cook them on my own. Not being able to find a job in my field in Eindhoven, I started to practice cooking my mom’s food whenever I missed her cooking and whenever I felt homesick. She mostly made Turkish and Palestinian food, since my father is from Palestine, though she has gathered recipes from all over the world while living in Kuwait.
After much positive feedback and encouragement, in 2019 I started to share the food that I grew up with by offering weekly take away menus, focusing on the diversity of Turkish cuisine. Then the pandemic happened, just as I gave birth to our son. My pregnancy leave turned into a forced hiatus and like a lot of people, I turned to cooking and instagramming. As I worked my way through my favorite cookbooks while figuring out motherhood, I really discovered my Palestinian roots more. This period taught me some great new cooking techniques and slightly better photography skills.
Turkish food has so much more to offer than just kebabs; in order to show that I share weekly homemade take away menus filled with delicious mezzes, homely and hearty meals, do private and corporate catering, and give Turkish food workshops since 2019. All dishes are made from scratch with high quality ingredients and prepared fresh every time.
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