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Potato, red onion, pepper and olive bake with cumin and chili flakes Potato, red onion, pepper and olive bake with cumin and chili flakes By Ozlem's Turkish Table 10/27/14 17:37 Merhaba to you all; this week, I would like to share this favorite easy, delicious all in one vegetarian course – Spiced potatoes, onions, pepper and olives baked in olive oil. Touch of warm, pungent cumin and spicy Turkish red pepper flakes add a lot of...
How to Make Homemade Pomegranate Molasses – Nar Eksisi How to Make Homemade Pomegranate Molasses – Nar Eksisi By Ozlem's Turkish Table 10/20/14 15:17 I adore the taste of rich, tangy pomegranate molasses, nar eksisi. It is an essential ingredient in Antakya and southern Turkish cuisine and widely used in Middle Eastern cooking. The concentrated flavor of pomegranates molasses adds so much goodness and...
Turkish vegetarian rose ravioli with filo pastry; Mantarli Gul Manti Turkish vegetarian rose ravioli with filo pastry; Mantarli Gul Manti By Ozlem's Turkish Table 10/13/14 14:52 The traditional manti, Turkish dumplings or ravioli, was a central dish in the 15th century Ottoman cuisine. A very popular dish, it was cooked in imperial kitchens and was eaten by Sultan Mehmet II almost daily. This version of manti, traditionally made...
Wholesome Turkish Cuisine, use of spices and Hospitality above all Wholesome Turkish Cuisine, use of spices and Hospitality above all By Ozlem's Turkish Table 09/29/14 15:21 I was delighted to be one of the guest speakers at the Elmbridge Food Festival at the Painshill Park’s, the beautiful 18th century landscape garden, Surrey – England last weekend. The festival showcased the local produce, artisanal bakery as well as ethnic...
Barbunya Pilaki; Borlotti (Cranberry) Beans Cooked with Vegetables Barbunya Pilaki; Borlotti (Cranberry) Beans Cooked with Vegetables By Ozlem's Turkish Table 09/22/14 13:26 Barbunya pilaki, borlotti beans cooked in olive oil with tomatoes, onions and carrots, is my father’s favorite Zeytinyagli, Vegetables cooked in olive oil, Turkish style. Pilaki is a style of Turkish mezze, where vegetables and beans are mainly cooked with...
Ali Nazik Kebab; lamb stew over smoked eggplant and yoghurt puree Ali Nazik Kebab; lamb stew over smoked eggplant and yoghurt puree By Ozlem's Turkish Table 09/15/14 13:44 Alinazik or Ali Nazik kebab is a scrumptious Gaziantep specialty and one of our favorites. It is a delicious marriage of char-grilled smoked eggplant puree mixed with yoghurt and topped with tender lamb stew. We serve Alinazik with rice pilaf and grilled...
Halloumi Salad with peppers and tomatoes – Hellim Peynirli Salata Halloumi Salad with peppers and tomatoes – Hellim Peynirli Salata By Ozlem's Turkish Table 09/08/14 15:43 I love the distinctive taste of the halloumi cheese or hellim peyniri as we call in Turkish, it is such a treat. Originated in Cyprus, halloumi is a semi hard cheese, made from the mixture of goat and sheep’s and sometimes cow milk. As it has a high melting...
Turkish Flat Breads with Spinach, Feta and Peppers; Peynirli Pide Turkish Flat Breads with Spinach, Feta and Peppers; Peynirli Pide By Ozlem's Turkish Table 09/01/14 13:36 Pide is one of the most popular snacks and our slow cooked “fast food” in Turkey. In Rural Anatolia and at my home town Antakya, locals would prepare the filling and take it to their local bakery, firin to be baked as these delicious flat breads with toppings....
Slowing down in Bodrum, chasing the waves and local treats Slowing down in Bodrum, chasing the waves and local treats By Ozlem's Turkish Table 08/13/14 15:43 Greetings from Bodrum – Bodrum’dan merhaba; we have been at Turgutreis in Bodrum for a few days. It feels so good to slow down and chase the waves.. Here are what we’ve been up to and some local treats. Most of them can be easily made at home, hope they...
Baked Turkish mini meatballs, koftes in pepper and tomato sauce Baked Turkish mini meatballs, koftes in pepper and tomato sauce By Ozlem's Turkish Table 08/07/14 12:22 We Turks love our koftes, Turkish homemade meatballs. A childhood favorite, they get ready in almost no time and the delicious aroma greets you as soon as you are in the kitchen. I recently made these baked mini koftes, meatballs for a friend, who follows...
Greetings from Istanbul! Sights, people and food, glorious food Greetings from Istanbul! Sights, people and food, glorious food By Ozlem's Turkish Table 08/01/14 17:06 Istanbul’dan merhaba! Home, sweet home; I think the more I age, home, my roots calls me even more eagerly, it is wonderful to be back home. Here are a few snap shots of what we have been up to. It’s been only a few days since we’ve been here and we managed...
Baklava, Revani, Kunefe and More; Desserts for the End of Ramadan Baklava, Revani, Kunefe and More; Desserts for the End of Ramadan By Ozlem's Turkish Table 07/21/14 17:56 The end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day Ramazan Bayrami or Seker Bayrami in Turkey ( also named Eid al-Fitr, Festival of Fast-Breaking) starting on Monday, 28th July 2014. There is a wonderful excitement in my parent’s home in Istanbul, as the...
Baba ghanoush or Abagannuc; burnt eggplant salad with lemon, olive oil Baba ghanoush or Abagannuc; burnt eggplant salad with lemon, olive oil By Ozlem's Turkish Table 07/14/14 15:24 This delicious salad or dip, Abagannuc or Baba ghanoush, is very popular in Antakya and Southern Turkish cuisine and one of our family favorites. It has many variations throughout the Middle East, where tahini maybe added or plain yoghurt and what to include...
Kiymali Pide; Turkish Flat bread with ground meat and vegetables Kiymali Pide; Turkish Flat bread with ground meat and vegetables By Ozlem's Turkish Table 07/08/14 11:32 This Kiymali Pide, Turkish flat bread with ground meat and vegetables filling, is one of the most popular snacks and our slow cooked “fast food” in Turkey. In Rural Anatolia and at my home town Antakya, locals would prepare the filling and take it to their...
Antakya’s Kombe Cookie with Walnuts; three generations baking together Antakya’s Kombe Cookie with Walnuts; three generations baking together By Ozlem's Turkish Table 06/23/14 23:19 Another special treasure my parents kindly brought back from Antakya was these very pretty wooden molds which the locals use to shape the delicious Kombe cookies. I adore the molds’ intricate, delicate designs and have always been always fascinated with...
Bended Eggplant Kebabs with Meatballs; Patlicanli Beli Bukuk Bended Eggplant Kebabs with Meatballs; Patlicanli Beli Bukuk By Ozlem's Turkish Table 06/16/14 22:45 Our national favorite Patlican, or aubergine or eggplants are appearing in the markets more now; I love its deliciously sweet, meaty flesh in mezzes, salads, casseroles, even in boreks, savory pastries. This recipe, bended eggplant slices with meatballs...
Kaymakli Ekmek Kadayifi – Turkish Bread Pudding in Syrup Kaymakli Ekmek Kadayifi – Turkish Bread Pudding in Syrup By Ozlem's Turkish Table 06/09/14 21:40 Bread, ekmek, is a main staple in Turkish cuisine and the loaf of bread takes the center piece in Turkish homes, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We also have a delicious and very popular dessert, made with the special (dehydrated) bread soaked in syrup,...
Tavuk Guvec; Turkish Chicken and Vegetable Stew in Earthenware Pot Tavuk Guvec; Turkish Chicken and Vegetable Stew in Earthenware Pot By Ozlem's Turkish Table 06/02/14 23:01 My parents are visiting from Istanbul and they brought me a wonderful guvec pot, the traditional earthenware pot, that is used for cooking chicken, meat or vegetable based dishes. This is slow cooking at its best; the flavors of the seasonal produce and...
Tray bake filo pastry with ground meat and onions; Kiymali Borek Tray bake filo pastry with ground meat and onions; Kiymali Borek By Ozlem's Turkish Table 05/20/14 13:39 My parents are visiting from Istanbul; it’s been over three years since they were last here, it really is wonderful to have them in England. Regular visitors of this blog knows that my parents’ love of Turkish food and passion for sharing others have been...
Leafy greens with pepper and pine nuts; Inspirations from Antakya Leafy greens with pepper and pine nuts; Inspirations from Antakya By Ozlem's Turkish Table 05/12/14 15:01 Turkish food is based on fresh, seasonal produce with generous usage of nuts, legumes and olive oil. I got some wonderful leafy, spring greens from the market the other day (similar to Swiss chard, though with tenderer leaves) and made this delicious greens...
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