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Bulgur and Walnut Salad/Cevizli Bulgur Salatası Bulgur and Walnut Salad/Cevizli Bulgur Salatası By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 04/19/14 15:36 As the weather dances between deceptively warm and sunny and then freezing cold, knowing what to wear but also what to eat, becomes a tricky issue. Are we into salads big time yet or not? Or are the pulses still winning? here is the bulgur and walnut salad...
The Ins and Outs of White Cheese or Feta/Beyaz Peynir The Ins and Outs of White Cheese or Feta/Beyaz Peynir By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 04/12/14 20:04 I like to think of myself as quite an aficionado of white cheese. I really, really like it and have been known to take my own kalıp or lump with me when I travel! all these places are in northwestern Turkey: Ezine, Edirne, Bayramiç and Trakya or Thracethe...
Snowpeas or Mangetout with Garlic&Ginger/Sarımsaklı Zencefilli Sultaniye Bezelye Snowpeas or Mangetout with Garlic&Ginger/Sarımsaklı Zencefilli Sultaniye Bezelye By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 04/07/14 16:20 Because I am lucky enough to be able to buy my vegetables fresh from the outdoor markets, I'm thrilled because spring is here! Nowhere is it more apparent than at the market. Today's market was a little different as we went to Ezine pazarı, about half an...
Know Your Olives Know Your Olives By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 04/01/14 22:17 As with everything, personal taste is the key. In Turkey you will generally find an amazing choice of olives in the local street markets although probably not in places inland away from the coast. yesterday at Selami Çeşme pazar, Istanbul Of course olives...
A Different Take on Artichokes and Broad Beans: a Salad/ Değişik Bir Enginar ve Bakla Salatası A Different Take on Artichokes and Broad Beans: a Salad/ Değişik Bir Enginar ve Bakla Salatası By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 03/28/14 14:33 Artichoke & broad bean salad with avocado and dill This beautiful green symphony of a salad, like the beetroot one , was a direct result of my foray to the pazar on Monday where the artichokes were in such abundance. I love the way they are sold here, all...
Time for Beetroot Again Time for Beetroot Again By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 03/24/14 19:49 One beautiful beetroot with just enough stalk left so as to avoid 'bleeding' during boiling Just back from my regular Monday morning market in nearby Selami Çeşme where the beginnings of spring were very much apparent at all the stalls. I don't know about...
Muffin Borek/Muffin Böreği: Teatime Delights filled with cheese, tomato and peppers Muffin Borek/Muffin Böreği: Teatime Delights filled with cheese, tomato and peppers By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 03/19/14 16:21 When I saw the name of this recipe, I had to smile: just for me, I thought: a muffin disguised as a borek! This is a real Turkish recipe, I didn't make it up! muffin borek/muffin böreği However this borek is different: it's not made with the usual yufka/filo...
Firik Pilaf/Firik Pilavi Firik Pilaf/Firik Pilavi By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 03/12/14 18:12 Turkey is very much a country of grains. Many of these grains are used for thick, heart-warming soups in the rural areas and consumed for breakfast. Otherwise they are used in various dishes eg stuffed vegetables, as well as in pilafs. Now, let's take pilafs:...
Another Ottolenghi: Marinated Sweet&Sour Fish Another Ottolenghi: Marinated Sweet&Sour Fish By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 03/08/14 22:29 I am not anti-meat or anything but I do feel we should eat as much fish as possible. If you have been following my blog, you will know that I am quite Ottolenghi-addicted. I love his recipes mainly because they use the ingredients that I am completely familiar...
Celeriac Soup with Fennel and Apple/Rezeneli Kereviz Çorbası Celeriac Soup with Fennel and Apple/Rezeneli Kereviz Çorbası By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 03/03/14 18:11 This is a celeriac or celery root/kereviz soup with a difference and the difference is twofold as it's based on the addition of two unusual ingredients, fennel and apple. It's very seasonal and you'll find it's just the thing for this in-between weather...
Sea Bass Baked in Parchment with Rakı and Herbs/Kağıtta Levrek Buğulama Sea Bass Baked in Parchment with Rakı and Herbs/Kağıtta Levrek Buğulama By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 02/24/14 15:37 This is going to be my very next dinner party recipe, I swear. Followed by revani for dessert! delicious sea bass/levrek baked in parchment A few days ago, I thought some fish for dinner wouldn't come amiss after what seemed like a lot of meat recently....
An Evening in Istanbul with Özlem' s Turkish Table: Revani, a Syrupy Semolina Dessert Dating Back to the Taking of Yerevan in today's Armenia An Evening in Istanbul with Özlem' s Turkish Table: Revani, a Syrupy Semolina Dessert Dating Back to the Taking of Yerevan in today's Armenia By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 02/20/14 22:07 I signed up for the cooking class at the Istanbul Culinary Institute last night for two reasons: first, I thought it would be the ideal way to see fellow blogger and friend Özlem who lives in the UK and is visiting at the moment, again; and secondly, because,...
Meze with Yogurt: Carrot Salad with Garlic Yogurt/Yoğurtlu Sarımsaklı Havuç Meze with Yogurt: Carrot Salad with Garlic Yogurt/Yoğurtlu Sarımsaklı Havuç By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 02/17/14 22:36 Carrot salad with garlic yogurt/yoğurtlu sarımsaklı havuç Yogurt is a fact of life if you live here in Turkey. You will find it everywhere sold in containers so large it's hard to imagine that anyone can possibly eat their way through one. But even in our...
Borek with Poppy Seeds/Haşhaşlı Börek Borek with Poppy Seeds/Haşhaşlı Börek By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 02/12/14 17:08 Börek sprinkled with poppy seeds before going in the oven Four Reasons to make borek! good for a crowd usually pretty easy to make if a bit time-consuming economical too as the ingredients are cheap and easily available most importantly, everybody loves...
Pumpkin Dessert with chopped walnuts: Kabak Tatlısı Pumpkin Dessert with chopped walnuts: Kabak Tatlısı By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 02/06/14 20:58 I was thinking that it would be a good idea to re-post this article from the British Community Council e-newsletter where I had my culinary corner on a regular monthly basis a few years ago. This was in its heyday before the BCC disappeared from the scene...
Spicy Turkish Liver in the Albanian style: Arnavut Ciğeri Spicy Turkish Liver in the Albanian style: Arnavut Ciğeri By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 02/02/14 17:34 Arnavut ciğeri [pron:jee/air], literally meaning Albanian liver, is a popular choice here for the meze table! Arnavut ciğeri or Albanian liver served on a bed of red onions Historically, this dish dates back to the times of the Ottoman Empire which stretched...
New Look for a Seasonal Cook New Look for a Seasonal Cook By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 01/29/14 21:37 Hi! Just a brief little post to see if you like my 'new look' blog: personally I love this picture of peppers which I took a couple of summers ago when we were in our village of Assos down on the west coast of Turkey. The peppers were grown by friends Lutfi...
Spinach with mince and onion/Kıymalı Ispanak: an all-in-one Turkish favourite Spinach with mince and onion/Kıymalı Ispanak: an all-in-one Turkish favourite By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 01/26/14 15:44 I am quite surprised that I haven't featured this recipe before but I checked my past posts, I checked my files: no, apparently not. Why am I surprised? Well, for a start, it is one of my personal favourites let alone a very seasonal dish that you will...
Adventures of a Köy Tavuğu or a Turkish Village Chicken: how it ended up as soup Adventures of a Köy Tavuğu or a Turkish Village Chicken: how it ended up as soup By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 01/22/14 20:25 When the butcher said to me: let me call Ahmet to come and singe the feathers, I had a terrible feeling of déja vu. I almost changed my mind there and then and said forget it, I don't want your village chicken after all. I've been here before, witness the...
A Hearty Black Sea Soup: Kale or Karalahana Çorbası A Hearty Black Sea Soup: Kale or Karalahana Çorbası By A Seasonal Cook in Turkey 01/17/14 18:03 I wish I could say the wind is howling outside and temperatures have dropped because then you would feel in the mood for a lovely bowl of heartwarming soup! my favourite Uzbek bowls - aren't they great? But I can't because the weather here in Istanbul is...
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