Spicy Carrot and Green Lentil Salad

Spicy Carrot and Green Lentil Salad

February 22nd, 2013  | Category: Beans and Legumes, Salad, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian


I have been celebrating the New Year's Eve at The Mansion for as long as I can remember. But last year, plans changed and at the very last minute, I found myself in Alaçatı - a small village far away from home. We arrived the day before New Year's Eve and decided to check out a few of the antique shops in the village. As we reached the ...

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Mung Bean Salad

Mung Bean Salad

June 19th, 2008  | Category: Beans and Legumes, Salad, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


The above mung bean salad wasn't actually included in the original "San Francisco on The Bosphorus" menu. Instead, I planned to prepare another traditional salad called Gavurdagi, which is usually served at kebab restaurants. A small Mexican restaurant on Columbus Street (crossing Chestnut) that we used to visit with colleagues for lunch on a regular basis was the inspiration. They would always bring a complimentary bowl of tortilla ...

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Poor Man’s Lentil

Poor Man’s Lentil

April 09th, 2006  | Category: Beans and Legumes, Memoir/Meme/Misc., Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


Back in the spring of '99, after endless days of house hunting, Özlem and I managed to find a 3 bedroom flat in the foggiest and most depressing district of San Francisco - Richmond district, 22nd and Balboa to be specific - just a day prior to getting kicked out by our landlord, who looked like the Chinese twin of Joan Collins. Sick and tired of getting ...

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