Revani is a tasty semolina dessert in Turkish cuisine and it must be included in the recipes of my blog, but I want to tell a bit about our vacation first. You might be disappointed when you see we didn’t have food pictures during our vacation. I must admit that I just didn’t feel like taking photos of anything as I wanted to live the moment and leave everything bad we had experienced for the last few weeks behind (including the days at hospital). The photos below were taken by hubby. We didn’t want to travel much, so we went to a holiday resort in Gumuldur, Izmir. We fell in love with the place as soon as we passed the entrance when we saw the greenness and heard joyful bird sounds. It was so peaceful that we felt relaxed even at that moment. It was another great surprise for us to see that rooms were placed in a small forest of pine trees and flowers. It makes you feel that you are in real nature, which we were hungry for. I don’t know why but I’ve realized that people need to be in nature to forget negative feelings and have a new start. Maybe it’s like a rebirth, that’s why.
Sleeping in such a room placed in a heavenly area was fantastic, but waking up was more impressive. Scent of pine trees and sounds of birds and grasshoppers coming from pine trees in the morning make you open your eyes easily. You never feel reluctant to wake up here.
Knowing that you will have a great breakfast under pine trees feeling the breeze from sea is another impulsion that makes you get up quickly. I wish I had a picture of the whole breakfast, but I’ve given my excuse above.
After getting enough energy at breakfast, we were ready to go to the beach, waiting for us at the end of this greenness. No need to mention how blue and clean the sea was. From pure green to pure blue might be a summary of this place.
As we don’t like sunbathing, we turned back to our room when we got tired. In front of our room was a hammock among trees. Would you prefer lying under sun or in this hammock facing the sky and tree branches?
And we had our routine after dinner walk on this path and on the beach watching the beautiful sunset.
As this is a food blog, now let me share a recipe of another Turkish dessert called revani, which I made some months ago. I don’t have any idea what it means, so I can’t translate it. I know there was a Turkish poet with the name of Revani years ago, but I’m not sure if there is a connection between him and this yummy semolina dessert.
- For cake:
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 cup sunflower oil
- 3 tbsp flour
- 1 cup semolina
- 1tbsp vanilla
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tbp grated lemon zest
- For syrup:
- 3 cups sugar
- 3 cups water
- ½ lemon
- Start with preparing syrup. Put water and sugar in a pot and bring it to boil.
- Let it boil for about 5 minutes, then put half of a lemon in it. You don’t need to squeeze it. This is to make the syrup a bit thick. You will also give a fresh zest flavor to your dessert in this way. Boil it for about 3 minutes and let it rest.
- Preheat the oven at 180C.
- Beat eggs and sugar well.
- Add yogurt and oil and mix.
- Then put the other ingredients and mix them all.
- Oil a small oven tray (I used a square one) and pour the batter in it.
- Bake it until golden brown.
- Take it from oven and pour the syrup cold on this cake. It’s important that the syrup is cold enough. If it’s still hot and if you pour it on the cake, your cake gets doughy.
- When the cake absorbs most of the syrup, you can sprinkle ground pistachio on it before serving.