The last time I wrote about purslane/semizotu was way back in September and now it’s back in all its leafy glory! If I had to give Ayvacık market a colour on Friday, it would have been green: everything was a vibrant spring emerald punctuated with the brilliant red of the piles of sweet-smelling strawberries.
It was her contribution to our annual potluck that about 30 of us were having on board a Lüfer boat on the Bosphorus sailing gently down towards the Black Sea. Everbody is always very generous with these potlucks and the great thing is that you get to try things that you yourself may not know.
- *Sumac is a Middle Eastern spice with a sourish taste so is often used instead of lemon. I love its purple colour. I read in Ottolenghi that amazingly it is now available in Waitrose in the UK in the spice section. Otherwise you will find it in Middle Eastern shops. Here we have no problem!
- When you add the chopped tomatoes, be careful how much of the juice you add as you don’t want to make the salad too soggy.