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December 09th, 2007 | Category: Restaurants, Turkish Cuisine
A few weeks ago, Matt Gross of The New York Times asked me THE question: "If it was your last meal, what would you eat in İstanbul?" I didn't need to think twice.
October 08th, 2007 | Category: Dessert, Turkish Cuisine
Whenever I hear the word Ramadan, I immediately think of Güllaç. It is a traditional Turkish dessert that dates back to the Ottoman Empire. I've read somewhere that it was also a part of the circumcision ceremony menu for Sultan Süleyman, The Magnificient's sons'. This milk based dessert is prepared with Güllaç leaves, which are basically starch wafers that are made of corn starch, flour and water.
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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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