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Monthly Market Update: What's in and What's Not in the Turkish Pazars Monthly Market Update: What's in and What's Not in the Turkish Pazars By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 10/28/14 20:22 October-November 2014: Istanbul Last week I was happily out of Istanbul on Heybeliada, one of the fabled Princes Islands in the Sea of Marmara. We were on a photo trek and the day had been chosen because it was the island's weekly market day. We were so...
Müceddere/Mercimekli Bulgur Pilavı: Bulgur Pilav with Green Lentils and Walnuts Müceddere/Mercimekli Bulgur Pilavı: Bulgur Pilav with Green Lentils and Walnuts By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 10/26/14 13:21 My love affair with all things bulgur continues despite a totally bulgur-less 9 days in England! Back in my own kitchen and getting back into my old routine helps. And I really am a big fan of this nutty grain: I like its taste and the fact it's so healthy...
Kısır/Spicy Bulgur Salad with Tomatoes and Pomegranate Molasses Kısır/Spicy Bulgur Salad with Tomatoes and Pomegranate Molasses By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 10/22/14 21:47 I think that in the 4-year career of my blog, this is the longest gap that has ever occurred between posts. And the reason is travel. Travel is truly my favourite thing (and luckily, TT's) and I have had two fabulous trips recently: one to Paris and the...
Fresh from the Black Sea: Fried Anchovies/Hamsi Tava with Parsley Sauce Fresh from the Black Sea: Fried Anchovies/Hamsi Tava with Parsley Sauce By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 10/11/14 14:47 Following the fish as they swim down from the Black Sea at this time of year is quite exhilarating. I don't mean literally but the fish' progress down the Bosphorus can be closely observed simply by visiting the wonderful open fish markets of Karaköy and...
Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Lemon Poppy Seed Bread By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 10/05/14 17:58 Back to the comfort of my own kitchen and these cooler temperatures make me want to bake. You know how I found this recipe? Through Pinterest! This social media website is brilliant and I enjoy it in several ways, one of which is browsing through foodie...
Monthly Market Update: What's in and What's not in the Turkish Pazars Monthly Market Update: What's in and What's not in the Turkish Pazars By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 09/29/14 20:05 September-October 2014: Istanbul A few years ago I used to be on the BCC [the British Community Council] here in Istanbul. Our mission was varied but one of my particular tasks was to write the Culinary Corner for the monthly e-Newsletter. Simultaneously,...
A Hearty Autumnal Soup: Wheat with Yogurt Soup/Yoğurtlu Buğday Çorbası A Hearty Autumnal Soup: Wheat with Yogurt Soup/Yoğurtlu Buğday Çorbası By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 09/28/14 17:15 The weather has drastically changed. The temperature has dropped, that beautiful blue sky is now overcast and downright grey. Time to wear socks and forget about France! All summer long, nary a thought of soup entered my head. Not even a cold soup as I...
A Sunday Market in Provence A Sunday Market in Provence By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 09/23/14 16:54 Funny squashed-looking peaches/nectarines on sale just down from Montmartre in Paris - personally I prefer the taste of our Bursa ones If you have been following my blog at all, you will all know that I love a good market. After all, I live, cook and eat...
From Assos .... to paris From Assos .... to paris By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 09/15/14 11:07 In less than a week, we have moved from the rural delights of our Aegean village to the sophistication of Paris. But we've survived it and who wouldn't? Both places are so wonderful, each in its own way. And inbetween, I had a cooking class in Kuzguncuk:...
Life in a Turkish Village Life in a Turkish Village By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 09/07/14 21:35 Just wanted to say Sleepless in Seattle but no .... in Assos is what I mean. Ooofff..... I'm usually quite an equable sleeper but this takes the cake. Non-stop drumming all night - in the end, I had to take the radical -for me - step of closing all the...
Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 09/01/14 22:29 August is THE month for the best, the tastiest, the reddest, the juiciest of tomatoes! Here in the Assos region, those from the tarla or fields around Çanakkale are the ones most available and well-deservedly considered the best. In the pazars, they cost...
The perfect summer teatime treat: Lemon Rosemary Yogurt Cake The perfect summer teatime treat: Lemon Rosemary Yogurt Cake By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 08/28/14 16:27 Lemon rosemary yogurt cake How do you like Pinterest? (have you noticed my little P pinterest button on the right?) I for one really enjoy playing around with it if I have any spare time! One of my favourite boards is Recipes I Have to Try which is full...
Künefe: the syrup-soaked, cheese-filled 'shredded wheat' dessert Künefe: the syrup-soaked, cheese-filled 'shredded wheat' dessert By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 08/21/14 08:55 Turkish desserts are not normally my thing: on the whole they are just too calorific for me to have even the remotest desire to make them! I would say that baklava is probably the best-known Turkish or Middle Eastern dessert but when there are specialist...
Roasted White Eggplant/Beyaz Patlıcan, Sliced, Stuffed with Cheese, Tomato & Fresh Herbs Roasted White Eggplant/Beyaz Patlıcan, Sliced, Stuffed with Cheese, Tomato & Fresh Herbs By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 08/12/14 16:53 I was at the mini pazar in Ayvacık last week when I spied these: white eggplants/aubergines I don't know about you but I have never seen white eggplants before - have you? Big and bulbous, the veritable Moby Dicks of the patlıcan family! Purple I know......
Spicy Red Lentil Kofte/Mercimek Köftesi Spicy Red Lentil Kofte/Mercimek Köftesi By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 08/05/14 16:38 Whenever I am invited to a teaparty by a Turkish friend, more often than not, these little beauties are part of the spread. spicy red lentil rissoles or kofte/mercimek köftesi When I first came to Turkey, it came as a surprise to see these gracing the table...
Vegetarian Delight: Colourful Casserole of Summer Vegetables Vegetarian Delight: Colourful Casserole of Summer Vegetables By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 07/28/14 16:36 A dish of mixed vegetables in Turkey is generally known as türlü and is one of my personal favourites. vegetarian delight: colourful casserole of summer vegetables The weather outside is 30+ degrees so why would I feel like a hot casserole of veggies? Well,...
Today in Eminönü: Ramazan is over Today in Eminönü: Ramazan is over By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 07/26/14 18:10 This morning we went to Eminönü. It's the last day of fasting and this long month of Ramazan, the most sacred month of Islam, will finish tonight at sunset. I imagine those who have been fasting will give a deep sigh of relief - but who am I to say? from...
Ten Pics of Turkish Çay Ten Pics of Turkish Çay By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 07/21/14 00:27 This is what upmarket çay looks like: presented on a tray complete with paper napkin and cookie. this is at Big Chef's, Suadiye Just been going through some of my photos and realize that çay is a recurrent theme around here: anytime of day, anyplace, a...
Summer Eggplants: different version Patlıcan Salatası/Aubergine Salad Summer Eggplants: different version Patlıcan Salatası/Aubergine Salad By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 07/17/14 14:25 Aubergines or eggplants? Or shall we use the Turkish word patlıcan? Summer eggplants: different version eggplant salad/patlıcan salatası But a rose by any other name, aubergines are the true summer vegetable in this country. Remember the days when all we...
Sweet Lor Peyniri with Black Mulberries/Karadut -  Sour Cherries/Vişne will do too Sweet Lor Peyniri with Black Mulberries/Karadut - Sour Cherries/Vişne will do too By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 07/12/14 22:16 I may have made this with the last of the mulberries but do not despair, you can use sour cherries or vişne to the same effect if you find you can't get your hands on any. Here in our garden in Assos we have a huge old dut tree. Every year it produces hundreds...
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