Celeriac with Green Apple and Orange

Celeriac with Green Apple and Orange

March 04th, 2008  | Category: Fruit, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetable, Vegetarian


It may look like a giant wart, but once you get past the knobbly exterior you are greeted by a deliciously-perfumed flesh. Celeriac, often called the vegetable world's ugly duckling, is a fragrant root vegetable that tastes like celery minus the fibrous texture. To me, it is actually much tastier than celery due to its amazing ability to absorb flavors. Everything you throw in the pot ...

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Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Almond Pesto Sauce

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Almond Pesto Sauce

February 21st, 2008  | Category: Pasta, Vegetarian


Remember my post about how I drove mom crazy with my overeating habit? This is my second attempt to break it. Left to my own devices, I would boil an 18 ounce pack of Linguine, smother it in a rich tomato sauce prepared with a stick of butter and a head of garlic and eat that in one sitting. That's the old Cenk. The new Cenk, who suffers ...

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Pasta Gratins with Goat Cheese, Sage and Mushrooms

Pasta Gratins with Goat Cheese, Sage and Mushrooms

January 31st, 2008  | Category: Pasta, Vegetarian


I am known to eat a whole pot of pasta in one sitting (and a jar of Nutella if I feel festive, but that is not our topic today). What's more unfortunate is once I made a fatal mistake of telling this to my mother. Ever since that day, her first question on the phone is "What did you eat tonight?" - her voice fading close to the ...

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Weekend at the Mansion – Summer Tarts

Weekend at the Mansion – Summer Tarts

July 02nd, 2007  | Category: Friends, Tarts and Pies, Vegetarian


We could finally breathe after the heat wave that slapped İstanbul on the face last week. With the humidity and the temperature over 100 F outside, I vegetated at my air-conditioned habitat. The weather cooled down a bit on the weekend. We laid our beach towels, prepared ice-cold lemonades and started cooking. There were quite a lot of people at my friends' house (which we call The Mansion), so ...

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Cherry Tomato and Feta Cheese Tart with Fresh Thyme

Cherry Tomato and Feta Cheese Tart with Fresh Thyme

June 13th, 2007  | Category: Tarts and Pies, Vegetarian


I am crazy about tarts. You should know that by now. Nearly half of the recipes I include in my blog are tarts. So it was strange to realize that I didn't bake a savory one yet. The second tart I baked over the weekend is this Cherry Tomato and Feta Cheese Tart with Fresh Thyme. Out of all three tarts, I liked this one the best. I ...

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