Hi, and welcome to Posh Plate. I’m Ashley. Take off your shoes. Get comfortable and have a look around. You will find many wholesome recipes with the influence of American and Turkish heritages. All food philosophies are welcome here. It’s nice to meet you.

Meet the Family

I have British and Irish roots, with a pinch of Mexican from my grandfather (on my mother’s side). I married a Turk after knowing him for one month! Today, we have twin girls (Leyla & Sarah) and we just celebrated our seven-year anniversary! whoop whoop!

I am a first-generation college graduate. I studied New Media Writing and English Literature. I used the skills I learned and created this blog. My husband is a proud first-generation Ph.D. graduate and now he works as a Polymer Scientist. I cook the food and he analyzes it (ha!).

We travel to Turkey Quite Often

We do our best to make it out to Turkey (Turkiye) as often as we can to see family. One of my favorite explored places was Cappadocia (ancient Christian city) and Tuz Golu (huge salt lake).

Turkey (Turkiye) has the best food!

I’d have to say my favorite dish is definitely Hunkar begendi- Turkish Lamb Stew with Roasted Eggplant Puree, so delicious! I also love all of the olives, cheese, and fresh seasonal vegetables.

Have you ever tried a simit–the Turkish bagel? It’s a circular bread with a huge hole in the middle (way larger than the average bagel), and it’s dipped into grape molasses, and lastly, it is covered in sesame seeds and baked till golden brown. Simit picture below!

What kitchen appliance do you swear by? 

My Vita-mix. It’s my baby and I talk to her :). I tell her things like ‘you are so talented at what you do. Do you know what you mean to me?’ and ‘baby you can turn metal bolts into powder.’ Love her! And yes, she is a girl.

I hope you find recipes that you love and want to make over-and-over again, just like my family. Don’t forget to leave comments. I look forward to connecting with you soon.