I moved to Turkey almost 3 years ago, leaving behind almost all my my personal possessions in San Diego CA. This was really difficult. After I graduated from college Bülent and I moved to San Diego, and slowly started accumulating the things you need to make a house a home. A bed. A couch. Kitchen accessories. We could not afford to ship everything, so we left it behind and donated it to a very worthwhile charity. Some of the things I still miss. One of them is my first “grown up” purchase I paid for all on my own, a red leather (pull out) couch and matching chair.
I also miss my kitchen accoutrement, especially the cast iron pan and griddle I bought. Now, I could buy cast iron while I am in the states and bring it over here, but it is just too heavy. Cast iron is not as popular here, and I can not find some of the things I have been looking for, such as a 12 inch cast iron fry pan, and the Holy Griddle…I mean Grail. I love a big, two burner cast iron griddle, just like my mom had. Not only was it handy, but every time I use one I think of her and of cooking in our family kitchen. I have not been able to find anything like it. The closest thing was a little like this, and an arm and a leg.
But that is not THIS…
The cast iron griddle is great, for pancake and French toast, and really anything that needs a larger surface area. Also, the grill side is great for the inside-grilling of fish and chicken and especially veggies. You can use it to grill eggplant and make a super low fat eggplant parmigiana, with no frying at all.
Anyway, the other day, one of these cast iron griddles fell into my lap! My kanka Terry pulled one out her her cupboard and handed it to me. She said he had been feeling guilty owning it after I had been expounding about my search for the Holy Griddle. No guilt needed to be felt, but then again she is Catholic, so it could have been that. *wink wink* But since she has given it to me I have used it once or twice a week. Once for a grilled hot salad with zucchini, eggplant, tomato, onion and cauliflower with a garlic and rosemary infused olive oil rub which was awesome. This morning I made super yummy whole wheat pancakes. So now I own a little piece of home, and when I whip out my cast iron griddle, I think about my mom, and now also Terry.
***Terry—I will have you over for brunch and use the griddle as part of the payment installment. There will be bacon.