Student Life

It feels nice to be back into the student life for a while. I know I can not take it for long but for a limited time, I am enjoying the rush of paper writing, studying for an exam, learning again until my brain hurts, walking around the house yelling “Where did my Rotring go?”.  Oh, I love my Rotring pencil. It has been with me since high school. High school! We are talking about early 90s!  Still works! That is German engineering for you!


That awkward schedule is back in my life again. A class here, a class there, nothing in between for six hours, or coming home mid-afternoon not knowing what to eat. I miss lunch most of the time, then it is too early for dinner but I want to eat something a bit substantial still. Or I wake up late, class is a bit after lunch time, but I have to hit the road quickly and drive during lunch. For those mid-mornings, I am not so sure if cereal will get me through the bulk of the day.

For these moments, Turkish college students have an answer. That is “menemen”. It is a quick egg dish that combines peppers, onions, diced tomatoes and several eggs that fuels you for those in-between moments. For one person, dice two tomatoes and one Cubanelle pepper, and saute it in two tablespoon of butter. You can add small diced onion as well but I do try to avoid from unnecessary tear shedding. Whisk two eggs in a bowl, then add to the pan. Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently. Add salt, pepper, even Aleppo pepper to taste, get your crusty bread, sit down and eat it.


It is also a cheap dish to make for a student who is stretching the liras, dollars, euros – whatever you are using for currency. I love the sauciness of it with grated tomatoes, but if you like your egg dish a bit more dry, use all diced tomatoes instead of grated.

I am sure this will be made many times while I am in school and end up coming home at 2 pm, and have nothing to eat in the fridge. Happens quite a bit lately. And one more thing happens this time around: You hear me saying “Where are my eyeglasses?” more and more!






  1. by Angie@Angie's Recipes
    11:27 am
    Nov 24, 2013

    That looks soul-satisfyingly delicious, Ilke. Good food doesn’t have to be expensive! Happy Sunday!

  2. by John@Kitchen Riffs
    2:15 pm
    Nov 24, 2013

    Gosh that looks great! Really flavorful, satisfying, and best of all easy to make! My kind of dish. ;-) Fun photos, good post. Thanks.

  3. by Turkey's For Life
    4:17 pm
    Nov 24, 2013

    Perfect pics Ilke…and yes, menemen is perfect for many times in life such as student life. For us, it’s our perfect (never disappointing), “We have no food in the house, what can we make,” meal. The staples are always around in the fridge. :)

  4. by Erica
    8:30 pm
    Nov 24, 2013

    Love ‘menemen”… husband Dogan requests it quite often. I even have the same skillet, so cute with the two handles. Afiyet olsun.

  5. by ela@GrayApron
    1:11 pm
    Nov 25, 2013

    Fantastic meal. Beautiful blog. I adore Turkish cuisine…and I lived in the South too. ela:)

  6. by Linda
    3:26 pm
    Dec 24, 2013

    This looks wonderful! Merry Christmas from Montreal, Canada.

  7. by Lan | morestomach
    11:09 am
    Dec 30, 2013

    you turn to nutritious eggs, i turn to instant noodle packets. it’s just something that i ate A LOT of growing up and it’s a habit that i’m having a hard time shaking.

    i love that serving bowl you’re using, is it turkish?

  8. by Terra
    8:44 pm
    Jan 1, 2014

    I so want this now!!! I do love any egg dish!!! This definitely would be perfect for keeping you fueled! Yum, Hugs, Terra

  9. by Aurica
    2:53 pm
    Mar 4, 2014

    i love the student life, but who doesn’t, to do almost everything you want and eat everything you want anytime, like this gorgeous recipe, so delicious :D

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