Dipping Feet in Water…

I don’t know who, but someone forgot to tell me that summers while you are working at a real job as an adult are nothing like summers when you were a kid!

I somehow thought that the summer was going to be slower, carefree, easy going blah blah blah.

Well it has not been… except this week!

This week, we are on vacation with Jay’s family on Folly Beach, SC. Enjoying the sun, the sand, the drinks, easy dinners, morning runs on the beach. I am hitting the pause button for a week.

I might still be cooking but all leisurely, throwing things together like this baby arugula salad to go with our barbeque dinner.

I am keeping my feet in water and myself right under the sun. Oh, and let’s not forget the beer in hand :)

Baby Arugula Salad

  • 6 – 8 cups of baby arugula
  • A handful of heirloom grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of pomegranate molasses (its sweet-sour flavor balances arugula’s bitter taste. If you don’t have this molasses, you can substitute with white wine vinegar and honey mixture)
  • Salt to taste

1. Combine the garlic, olive oil and pomagranate molasses and whisk in a bowl.

2. Coat arugula and tomatoes with the dressing. Add salt to taste.



  1. by Elizabeth
    11:21 pm
    Jul 22, 2012

    Enjoy yourself, Ilke! It’s good to take it easy now and again. :)

  2. by Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    12:24 pm
    Jul 23, 2012

    You are right – nobody told me either! Some things are just not as much fun as a grown-up but vacation still is! Have a wonderful time.

  3. by Susan
    10:05 pm
    Jul 24, 2012

    Enjoy your break (and beer)! I’ve been on an extended one – such a busy summer for me! I love arugula too!

  4. by Angie@Angie's Recipes
    6:53 am
    Jul 25, 2012

    Arugula is my favourite salad. Enjoy your vacation and relax yourself!

  5. by lisaiscooking
    3:36 pm
    Jul 25, 2012

    Love the idea of hitting the pause button! And, pomegranate molasses in a salad dressing is so good. I just tried that for the first time recently. Sounds great with arugula.

  6. by kitchenriffs
    4:15 pm
    Jul 25, 2012

    Have a great vacation. Always fun to kick back and turn off for a bit. And arugula is so flavorful, so obviously you’re eating well.

  7. by Rebecca
    1:39 am
    Jul 27, 2012

    Enjoy the beach lovely salad need to get me some pomegranate molasses :-)

  8. by thyme (Sarah)
    8:41 pm
    Jul 28, 2012

    Enjoy your vacation week, Ilke! We leave this coming week and I am so looking forward to getting away (again!).

  9. by Parsley Sage
    10:35 am
    Jul 29, 2012

    I thought living somewhere with perpetual summer would be like being a kid too! Didn’t work out that way. Being a grown up just plain sucks! Loving this salad and the week you’re having :)

  10. by Valentina
    3:19 am
    Jul 30, 2012

    sounds like a lovely “pause.” i love that! i need to remember to hit that button — a lot more often. enjoy your break! :-)

  11. by Deb Harris
    9:03 pm
    Jul 31, 2012

    I’m enjoying reading your blog. Your pictures of Turkey are beautiful. I’m wondering if you have an option to subscribe to your blog by email so I don’t miss a post. Thanks

  12. by Terra
    10:00 pm
    Aug 1, 2012

    I hope you had a lovely trip, it sounds like a beautiful place! That chocolate stout is something I need to try VERY soon:-) I don’t eat arugula enough for sure, but it is truly delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

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