TURKEY


HOMEMADE SHAWARMA
My husband asked me what’s cooking today. I told him “shawarma”. I think it somehow rang a bell in his head. It sounded familiar to him. He said that he saw this word “shawarma” and saw a big rotating meat from the glass window at this Middle Eastern restaurant, but […]

HOMEMADE SHAWARMA


PITA BREAD WITH SESAME AND BLACK CARAWAY SEEDS/ SUSAMLI VE COREK OTLU PIDE EKMEGI
The day in Turkey starts with bread, and it ends with bread. According to the Sultan’s Kitchen by Ozcan Ozan, many different types of bread were developed during the Ottoman Empire: loaves, flat breads, griddle breads, stuffed breads, and bread rings, called simit, that are dipped into molasses and coated […]

PITA BREAD WITH SESAME AND BLACK CARAWAY SEEDS/ SUSAMLI VE ...


Collard Greens Salad with Yogurt-Garlic Sauce
Vegetables are a very important part of the Turkish diet, and fresh salads are an essential part of most meals. The collard greens salad with yogurt-garlic sauce is a specialty of the Black Sea region of Turkey. It is usually serve as a light lunch on hot days. My first […]

COLLARD GREENS SALAD WITH YOGURT-GARLIC SAUCE/ KARA LAHANA SALATASI



SULTAN'S PILAF/SULTAN PILAVI
According to the Sultan’s Kitchen’s cookbook by Ozcan Ozan, rice is used extensively in Turkish cuisine. Pilafs are those exotic rice dishes flavored with spices, nuts, and fruits-others, made with meat, fish, and vegetables, are known as Sultan Pilavi. This Sultan Pilavi was prepared for the Sultans in the kitchen […]

SULTAN’S RICE PILAF/ SULTAN PILAVI


Fillet of Sole wrapped in Swiss Chard
Fillet of sole wrapped in Swiss chard leaves is such a light and fulfilling dish. Like the Mexican dishes that I prepared before, Turkish dishes use LOTS of tomatoes as well. I personally a big fan of sole fillet. The flesh is so tender and melt in your mouth. Fiorina […]

FILLET OF SOLE WRAPPED IN SWISS CHARD/ PAZI YAPRAGINDA DIL ...


CHICKEN STUFFED WITH RICE, PISTACHIOS, AND HERBS/ PILIC SARMASI 2
Chicken stuffed with rice, pistachios, and herbs are absolutely delicious. I really like the flavor from the fresh herbs in the rice. I seriously will make this rice everyday now. I honestly never cooked much with Dill before. It’s not a common herb in Asian cooking. I’ve certainly missed out. […]

CHICKEN STUFFED WITH RICE, PISTACHIOS, AND HERBS/ PILIC SARMASI



SPICED LAMB WITH CREAMY EGGPLANT/ HUNKAR BEGENDI
Off to Turkey we are this week Turkish cuisine ranks as one of the three great world cuisines (along with French and Chinese) and has a long and complex history. It is wonderfully spiced and has complex flavors. There is a saying that when you eat in Turkey, you eat […]

SPICED LAMB WITH CREAMY EGGPLANT/ HUNKAR BEGENDI


SHRIMP AND SCALLOP STEW WITH COUSCOUS PILAF
I never really know what to cook with Scallop, but I love eating them. The flesh is so sweet and meaty. When I see this Shrimp and Scallop Stew serve with Couscous Pilaf in Martha Stewart Living cookbook, I went ahead and give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed. The […]

SHRIMP AND SCALLOP STEW WITH COUSCOUS PILAF