Visiting Istanbul for the first time last year my husband and I wanted to spend a few days in a different region of Turkey before heading to Istanbul. Searching the internet and gathering bits of information here and there as you do, decided to visit a small town on the Aegean coast… Alacati.
This beautiful and charming picturesque town is filled with old stone houses, lots of narrow streets lined with sidewalk cafés, bars, restaurants, boutiques and antique shops. As it was low season Alacati was quiet (some businesses close) and with not many visitors around, felt like we had the town to ourselves.
Even though our visit was short and sweet you could feel a real sense of community spirit and pride among the local people who live there. We met the lovely Neyran while visiting Lisa Cortis very colourful home textile shop and ended up sitting at a sidewalk café, chatting like old friends while Neyran filled us in about the history of this enchanting town… thank you for recommending the Barbun restaurant, it was a delicious end to our short stay.
Unfortunately we had not been able to include a Saturday on our visit, missing the famous Alacati market mentioned on this blog Cafe Fernando. I never got to taste the chocolate and chestnut cake mentioned as it was not on the menu. However, we enjoyed some delicious home-made cakes at the charming and quaint Tas Otel during our stay and the owner kindly parted with one of their recipes… which
I will share in a later post you can find here.
The smell of dried lavender perfumed the air throughout the Tas Otel and the fresh honey we enjoyed at breakfast inspired this simple recipe… butter perfumed with lavender and sweetened with fresh honeycomb brought back from Turkey… utterly delicious slathered over hot toast, crusty bread or warm scones.
This beautiful and extremely friendly cat lives at the Tas Otel whose name was difficult to pronounce and remember… you were right Zeynep (the hotel owner), I have already forgotten!
Lavender Honeycomb Butter
- 100g slightly salted butter, softened
- 100g fresh honeycomb or thick-set honey
- 1/8 teaspoon dried lavender, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon dried lavender
How to make: In a bowl mix all the ingredients together using a wooden spoon, until combined. Place the flavoured butter into a suitable sized mould which has been pre-lined with cling film. Leave the butter in the fridge for at least 8 hours for the flavours to develop. If you do not wish to shape the butter with a mould, place the butter into a suitable bowl to serve. Recipe can easily be doubled.
12 thoughts on “Lavender Honeycomb Butter and Alacati”
Such beautiful photographs with your travel piece and recipe. Thank you for sharing this place with me.
Thank you Lizzy we so enjoyed our stay in Alacati! 🙂
Gorgeous photographs. The cat looks so much like my Madeline (who sadly died in the fall!).
Thank you Casey, Madeline must have been a beautiful cat! It is hard when you loose a much loved animal!
Thanks for all the compliments Moya! The cat’s name is Pitircik, (pronounced more or less like Peter-chick!)… Cheers from Alacati…
You are welcome Zeynep, we really enjoyed out stay at the Tas Otel and the lovely town of Alacati! That has made remembering Pitircik’s name much easier! Best wishes from Bahrain! 🙂
Beautiful Photography, makes everything look so inviting. Definitely want to visit this quaint town with a few girlfriends, would be a nice change from the hustle and bustle of city life. As for the lavender butter, what a great idea to add a little natural sweetness to the start of your day. Keep sharing your beautiful work and the delicious recipes that tickle our tastebuds!
Thanks Zahra I do hope you get a chance to visit Alacati someday with a few of your friends and definitely this town will be a more welcoming change from the bustle of city life! 🙂