LoveChicLiving.co.uk and TheSwelleLife.com are hosting a competition with Cunard, challenging bloggers to create a mood board on Pinterest of Mediterranean-inspired decor and homeware. Looking through Cunard’s list of Mediterranean destinations really got me in the holiday mood and the place that most took my fancy was Istanbul, Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. It’s beautiful architecture, tile work and mixture of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences make wonderful inspiration for home decorating.
I was also inspired to recreate a classic Turkish treat… Turkish delight! This version is sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan friendly. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get the recipe.
When I think of Istanbul, I think of vivid blues and turquoise, golds and oranges, beautiful patterns, tile work and lot’s of lanterns. All of these things can be brought into your own home and the mood board above shows some of my favourite photos, products and ideas for recreating Istanbul’s style at home. Istanbul’s architecture really reflect it’s history and the peoples that once ruled the city. As a “cultural and ethnic melting pot” it hosts lot’s of beautiful, historic mosques, churches, synagogues, palaces and castles. For my dream Med-inspired home: My kitchen would be tiled and filled with beautifully coloured and patterned crockery and glassware to serve on silver plated trays. I’d have a lemon and orange tree by the back door and outside I would have hanging lanterns and decorative pottery. My room would be an oasis with white walls, a wooden bed, embroidered linen, patterned throws and cushions, voile curtains to let in lot’s of light from the French doors with a balcony, overlooking the garden. The bathroom would be beautifully tiled with golden faucets, lot’s of Turkish towels, candles and hanging plants. Downstairs would be open plan with natural wooden floors, covered in rugs, white sofas, big comfy patterned cushions and poufs, lanterns, colourful wall hangings and accessories dotted around. I’d hang lot’s of ornate silver and gold mirrors to let in more light. Have you visited Istanbul? What Mediterranean inspirations would you bring into your home? Now for the recipe… This classic Turkish confectionary flavoured with rose water has been given a makeover to make it sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan and naturally coloured. See the recipe below!
- 800ml water
- 80g / ⅔ cup arrowroot powder or tapioca flour
- 4 tbsp agar powder
- 150g / ¾ cup xylitol
- 1 tsp beetroot powder or juice (for colouring)
- 1½ tbsp rose water
- 4 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 4 tbsp xylitol
- Mix 100ml of the water with the arrowroot powder in a bowl and set aside for later. Line a small tin with parchment paper.
- Add the remaining 700ml of water to a large saucepan and sprinkle the agar powder on top. Bring to a medium heat and whisk in the xylitol. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer, whisking until the xylitol and agar have dissolved.
- Once dissolved, add the mixture to a blender and mix with the beetroot powder and the arrowroot mixture you made earlier. Blend until smooth and thick. Return to the saucepan.
- Bring back to a low-medium heat and stir gently until the mixture becomes very thick and stretchy. Remove from the heat and stir in the rose water until well combined.
- Transfer the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth it out evenly. Leave to cool and set in the fridge overnight.
- The next day, prepare an icing sugar by blending the arrowroot and xylitol together until it forms a fine powder. Warning: it will create a lot of dust! Alternatively, use a mixture of ordinary icing powder and arrowroot powder. The arrowroot powder is necessary to stop the Turkish delight from sticking or going soggy.
- Remove the Turkish delight from the fridge and cut into small squares. Coat in the powdered sugar and enjoy!