Feta Cheese & Mint Börek

Feta Cheese & Mint Börek

April 29th, 2007 | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Pastry, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


Börek is a traditional Turkish layered dough dish, generally filled with cheese, ground meat or vegetables. The most popular fillings are feta cheese, spinach, potatoes and ground meat flavored with a variety of herbs and spices. The dough, called yufka in Turkish, is quite labor-intensive. Not many Turkish households attempt to prepare it themselves. They are sold in 3-5 sheet packs in supermarkets here. Yufka is essential for ...

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Spring is here!

Spring is here!

April 24th, 2007 | Category: Friends


Yes, it is officially Spring in Istanbul. We had an amazing day at The Mansion on Saturday. When I arrived there just after noon, the table was already set and the BBQ was ready with blazing flames. We grilled mini meat patties and lamb chops and started eating.

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Orange Chicken Drumsticks and Pea Puree

Orange Chicken Drumsticks and Pea Puree

April 22nd, 2007 | Category: Chicken


When it comes to cooking chicken, I like to experiment with different kinds of soaking mixtures. This time around, I tried a mixture of onion juice, orange juice and brown sugar. The result was sweet and tangy. Deglazing and reducing the mixture to a sticky paste worked out great. Definitely recommended.

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Raspberry Pistachio Tart

Raspberry Pistachio Tart

April 15th, 2007 | Category: Fruit, Tarts and Pies


My trials with Dorie Greenspan's sweet tart dough recipe continue. This time, I added pistachios to the dough for this raspberry and pistachio tart and it turned out amazing (even tough I over-baked it). It would have been better to use more as I hoped to see some flakes here and there in the dough.

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Strawberry Crisp

Strawberry Crisp

April 10th, 2007 | Category: Cobblers and Crisps, Fruit


If this strawberry crisp recipe is not the easiest and most adaptable recipe I have seen so far, then I don't know what is. If you think you have a quicker & tastier recipe, come forward. Otherwise, note this down. The original recipe is called Strawberry & Rhubarb Crisp and it is from Kate Zuckerman's wonderful book The Sweet Life: Desserts From Chanterelle. It became an instant favorite ...

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