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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Tastiest chickpeas ever

Tastiest chickpeas ever

March 18th, 2007  | Category: Vegetarian


And very healthy, too. It is quite rare that I feel this much passionate about a recipe. The cooking method gets rid of all the gas and chickpeas taste as if they have been soaked in cream for days. Mark this post, dear reader. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Samphire – Poor Man’s Asparagus

Samphire – Poor Man’s Asparagus

March 13th, 2007  | Category: Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


"Half-way down / Hangs one that gathers samphire; dreadful trade!" Shakespeare, King Lear. The pickled version of this herb with the funny nickname was once so popular (and salable) that men risked their necks to collect it from the rocks. Hence the reference to the danger involved in collecting it. Samphire originated in the shores of Great Britain and northern Europe and grows in rocky salt-sprayed regions of the ...

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Stuffed Vine Leaves & The Ultimate Dolma Machine

Stuffed Vine Leaves & The Ultimate Dolma Machine

September 25th, 2006  | Category: Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


I am always on the lookout for interesting finds to blog about and I had my eyes extra wide open on the day of my Grand Bazaar visit. I knew something special would come along. On our way down from Grand Bazaar to the kitchen supplies store, we walked by a street stand. This man was showcasing a simple yet very handy tool, which I'd like to ...

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Roasted Beet Soup

Roasted Beet Soup

September 10th, 2006  | Category: Soup, Vegetarian


Last night I went to sleep hoping that I would wake up to a rainy day. I missed staying at home on a rainy day curled up with a hard disk filled with many episodes of my favorite TV series. Contrary to my heavy Sunday morning sleeping ritual, my eyes opened at 8:30 a.m. The heavy sleeper I am, I think I imagined the sound of wind ...

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