Nadia Emek

About Nadia Emek

Nadia Emek is a classroom assistant at a secondary school in Edinburgh. She is married with 2 teenage children and a cat called Oliver. She loves to go swimming, walking, and enjoys photography. Yet she finds nothing better than spending time in her kitchen, cooking for her family and friends, and chatting round an old worn, but much loved, kitchen table. Ooh, if only that table could talk...

Turkey: An Education

It will be just over 23 years ago that I first tried traditional Turkish food whilst on holiday with a friend.   I had never visited a Turkish restaurant and actually don’t think there was one in Edinburgh at the time … Continue reading

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Christmas Post

The festive season has been and gone and like most people it tends to be rather busy and these past four weeks have no exception and have been a whirlwind for me. The first week I spent in bed with … Continue reading

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Christmas past…

This weekend we hung up our advent calendar and filled it with chocolates for the kids. Although they are now both 14 and 18 it still feels right to keep this tradition going.  It is also the appropriate time of … Continue reading

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“Honestly………….all you have to do is plug the flippin’ machine in mother!”  said my rather irate and tired daughter as she flounced out of the kitchen to do something far more important than plug in the pannini machine to make … Continue reading

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Glad of the NHS

I’m sitting here with my foot raised and a bag of peas wrapped around my rather bruised and fat ankle having slipped off the last step on the stairs in the house. Although it felt painful at the time I … Continue reading

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Will you just grow-up

A friend of mine recently commented on a picture of an old school friend she had seen on Facebook saying, ‘It was like looking at an old woman!’  Now we all went to school at the same time so does … Continue reading

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Favourite time of the year

This is my favourite of the year. There is a distinct change in the weather and you can almost smell winter in the cold air. Colours change too; the sky seems to go from bright blue to deep reds at … Continue reading

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A life well-lived, a dignified end

Being part of family means that you always have someone you can turn to in times of need, and this extend also to our friends.  No more so when our close friend found out that her mother had terminal cancer. … Continue reading


Teaching the teachers…keep it simple!

  I have in the past taught an evening class on basic Italian cooking and found it to be a simple guide to psychology. People react very differently when you place them in a situation that they are unfamiliar with … Continue reading

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Turkish Memories

Turkey Turkey

Having been most fortunate to have spent the majority of my summer’s holiday abroad, whether it had been in Italy or time spent living in Turkey, this year was an exception. I thought it would be nice to ‘experience’ the … Continue reading

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