Cauliflower Fritters with Lime Yogurt Sauce

Here is a tasty recipe from Moshe Aelyon of Room Temp by Moshe. Served as a starter for your romantic meal for two, or a snack for your next cocktail soiree. Mmmm – we love sharing finger foods.

Cauliflower Fritters with Lime-Yogurt Sauce
(Adapted from Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi)

Cauliflower Fritter Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (320 grams) Cauliflower (small one or half a large one), chopped into tiny florets (cube the stems to about the same size)
  • 3/4 cup (120 grams) of flour
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon toasted and ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Yogurt Lime Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) Plain Yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Zest of one small lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tiny clove of garlic crushed
  • salt to taste

Directions

  1. Make the Yogurt-Lime Sauce. Whisk all the sauce ingredients together.
  2. Boil salted water and add cauliflower. Cook about 8 minutes or until it is very soft. Drain and set aside to cool a little bit.
  3. Heat frying oil of choice in a high-heat frying pan (I use cast iron for this) to medium or medium low. I fill it up about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch up the sides of the pan.
  4. Mix everything except the eggs and cauliflower. Whisk in the eggs and then whisk in the cauliflower.
  5. With a tablespoon or a small cookie scooper, gently drop balls of the batter into the hot oil, taking care not to overcrowd them.
  6. After about 3 or 4 minutes, flip them carefully with a fork to cook on the other side. They should be cooked through with no raw ingredients.
  7. Serve immediately with the yogurt sauce or, as Sami suggests, on a picnic in pita with hummus and tomato.

Looking for Love in All the Backstreets

I was recently on an adventure in Istanbul; a long overdue vacation in which I surrendered myself to the city I grew up in. In the last 30 years, the city has developed and changed tremendously, however, I have a strong desire for trying to rediscover the obscure and less visited backstreets that have somehow remained erect and thriving, keeping the local culture alive. I am avoiding luxury accommodations, 5 star restaurants and global cuisine and am seeking out the untouched yet nostalgic spaces.

Years ago, I read the book Lotus Grows In Mud by Goldie Hawn and a particular sentiment has stuck with me ever since – “the best way to travel is sometimes getting lost”. When I’m traveling, a huge grin appears on my face when I don’t know exactly where I am. I take the time to surrender to this experience, which starts an honest and true form of discovery. As I will try to document this experience for Room Temp by Moshe and Seduction Meals, I am also going to attempt to be present and allow this discovery to happen.

The best restaurants I have eaten are all ones I have merely stumbled upon by just walking. I have always shared these restaurants with my Irish maven architect, Clodagh. We’ve had numerous infamous lunches but my favorite is at a tiny East Village restaurant in NYC, Il Buco. Their fava bean salad with mint and peas is delicious and coincidentally, is the restaurant where I ate arugula with my fingers for the first time. In the meantime, I recommend you whisk away your romantic partner and try to get lost in the backstreets of any city, Istanbul or wherever you find yourself.

Eating Arugula with your Fingers? You bet!

Once upon a time, across the vast seas and over the high-crested mountains…

There was a boy who traveled back to his homeland for a visit. He ran into an old friend from high school, a friend he had not seen for 31 years. They chance met in a cozy, obscure restaurant in Cihangir, Istanbul, a neighborhood known for its narrow backstreets and sidewalk cafes. The two friends found each other embraced in laughter, and as they were catching up, the boy realized his friend was not alone but was having dinner with some of her friends as well. At that moment “cupid was at work” and this was only the beginning of the story. The true magic happened on their second date.

Now close your eyes and imagine…

The boy was departing the Prince Islands after a visit. As the boat made its second stop before its return to Istanbul, the object of his desire happened to board the very same boat. They sat on the edge of the boat as they finished their travels to the city and witnessed the most incredible crescent moon, as it seemed to almost graze the water of the Marmara. Not too many words were exchanged, but the familiarity and the peace made it certain that it was going to be an evening to remember. Ultimately, this was the last evening of the boy’s trip before his return to the US, so he let this adventure happen to him, getting caught up in the anticipating whirlwind of emotions that would ensue.

arugula

Upon getting off the boat, the big city lights and chaos was waiting for them as they hailed a taxi to the same neighborhood of their initial meeting. The evening unfolded with no plans, no fuss, no major choreography which led them to a local pizza joint. With no concept of time, they arrived as the restaurant was about to close, but the chef made an exception and offered them two glasses of Chianti at the tiny bench of the restaurant’s entrance. As the crew was cleaning up, the boy and his affection chatted intimately on this most perfect bench, on the side of this tiny crooked cobblestone street, ally cats scampering and people returning to home after long day of work.

Their meal arrived, a Quattro Formaggi pizza accompanied by a large leaf arugula salad with olive oil and lemon. No extravagance, no flourishes, just simple and honest food. That was when the boy remembered a lunch he had in Lower East Side of New York City with an incredible designer and architect he shows much respect for. This Irish maven had told him, “Arugula salad tastes better if you eat it with your fingers”. So this uptight structured boy surrendered to that memory and made sure that he intimately fed his lover arugula with his fingers. The rest can be left to the flourishes of the mind and the tantalizing thoughts of bliss!

So needles to say, the second date can be the perfect recipe for a Valentine’s Day dinner, where you don’t have to stress about creating a five course meal or make the impossible reservations in bustling restaurants, or try to get into Tiffany on time. All you need is a bowl of fresh arugula and your fingers and, of course, the person you care most about.

PS I kept the characters in this story anonymous to protect their innocence but this might be an autobiographical account . . . or not!

Loving Karmic Foodie shares Rituals for the New Year

Being in the middle of the holiday season, it is difficult to make time for romantic affairs with your honey.  As New Years Eve is approaching, I have found some fun and romantic food rituals to share that will bring you good luck!
rituals.jpgWhy not make tonight’s dinner menu include one of these whimsical gestures, to connect and share a romantic holiday experience with your lover!
1. Eating fish on the New Year is lucky in three ways: their scales resemble coins, they travel in schools, which represents prosperity, and they swim forward, symbolizing progress.
2. In Spain and Portugal, they eat twelve grapes at midnight.  As the clock chimes twelve times, you eat the twelve grapes to symbolize twelve months of good luck!
3. Lots of people consider pork to be the luckiest of all foods to eat on New Year’s Day because of their plump and ample appearance, symbolizing propsperity.  Pigs also “root forward” with their noses, which is supposed to symbolize progress
4. Munching on ring-shaped food for breakfast represent not only comforting deliciousness, but also the year coming full circle.
5. Cooking some lentils have been eaten for luck as the Roman times! These coin-shaped legumes are lucky in Brazil and Italy because of their money like appearance.
6. In Japan, long buckwheat noodles represent long life, but only if you eat them without chewing or breaking!
7. Noshing on greens are lucky because they resemble paper money. Everything from cabbage to kale to your Mesclun salad mix will bring you good luck!
Here at Room Temp by Moshe, our assistant, Mary, will be bringing her southern roots to the north this New Year’s.  Her family eats black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring happiness, prosperity and love for the year to come.  And baking a coin in a cake (corek) has been a tradition in my family for years! I appreciate learning about rituals from various cultures, bringing old and new friends together, as they exist for a common purpose, to celebrate love, life and good fortune with all who is near and dear to you!
Choose your favorite ritual from our list to create playful and enchanting New Years Eve dinner to steal someone’s heart!
And don’t forget a long sweet kiss…
About Moshe Aelyon
Born and raised in the variegated republic of Turkey, Moshe Aelyon reflects these eclectic roots in all of his fantastical creations by drawing from the past and looking to the future.
Once he had sharpened his skills in the fashion industry, Moshe found that he had a penchant and flair for entertaining.  With the launch of Room Temp by Moshe, he brings to life the very best in food, events and interiors, focusing on the process that makes this happen, both with the individual client and the community where creation takes place.  As an artist, he paints with texture, taste, color, aroma and sound. His finished work is a unique experience that is impossible to forget.
Moshe believes in taking time to appreciate all that is natural, authentic and thoughtful, a philosophy that brings people together in appreciation of joy and design, which nurtures our collective souls in the process.

Falling in Love with Istanbul

“If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.”  -Alphonse de Lamartine
I have done food, I have done events, I have done interiors so why not travel! After being asked for the last 20 years by our most discerning clientele, finally, I am excited about this new adventure for Room Temp by Moshe in guiding an intimate and exclusive tour of Istanbul, my birth city. A journey that will promise nostalgia and romance! Travel agents think it should be renamed “The Romantic City,” for Istanbul has the power to inspire souls and lift hearts like no other. I hope some of you will join me or simply follow my adventures on upcoming blog posts.
Our first tour is in May, however I could not wait until then to visit my beloved city, so I am following my heart to Istanbul to celebrate New Years Eve.
Here is a Seduction Meals exclusive: 
I will be smashing pomegranates as well as a Turks heart! xoxo
Photo Credit: We came across this video on youtube for the new Sony professional camcorder HXR-NX3. This video shows “beauty images”, highlighting the quality and production of the camera and they chose the subject to be Istanbul! Perfect timing as we are promoting our tour of Istanbul for this spring!

There’s nothing as special as a good friend, except perhaps a good friend with a good bottle of wine . . .
Always strive to create temptation – a glimpse of the pleasure to come – SeductionMeals.com . . .
Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price – Jean Baudrillard . . .
Age and glasses of wine should never be counted . . .
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster – Jonathan Swift . . .
A gentleman seduces his lady’s mind before he even touches her body . . .
First we eat. Then we do everything else – M.F.K Fisher . . .
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away . . .

Moshe Aelyon


Born and raised in the variegated republic of Turkey, Moshe Aelyon reflects these eclectic roots by drawing from the past and looking to the future. After sharpening his skills in the fashion industry, Moshe found that he had a penchant and flair for entertaining. With the launch of Room Temp by Moshe, he brings to life the very best in food, events and interiors. As an artist, he paints with texture, taste, color, smell and sound. His finished work is a unique experience that is impossible to forget. Moshe believes in taking time to appreciate all that is natural, authentic and thoughtful, a philosophy that brings people together in appreciation of joy and design, which nurtures our collective souls in the process.


About Seduction Meals

Seduction Meals is about Food + Romance, and everything in-between. . . a sumptuous menu, alluring presentation, sensuous music, luscious cocktails and the right ambiance. Like a precious gift, preparing a romantic meal for two is about making that certain someone feel extra special. With just the right combination of ambience and culinary delights, you too can create a memorable, delicious experience for your loved one. Seduction Meals. Everyone has one - what's YOURS?

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.