Turkish

Turkish Eggplant Shakshuka (Şakşuka)

One of the things I have done in the past that unintentionally impressed Delphine was to cook a vegetarian dish that I learned from my sister-in-law. Şakşuka (pronounced shakshuka) is a blend of fried vegetables, topped with garlic tomato sauce, which is different than the Tunisian egg dish with the same name. It’s great as a side dish or an appetizer. While some versions contain zucchini, […]

Turkish VegBeef Kebab Börek

After making baklava last week, we ended up with an extra box of phyllo dough. We debated for 10 seconds about what to do with it, and then decided to make borek, a distant cousin of baklava. In borek, you will have layers of dough with a filling. Common fillings are savory ingredients like feta cheese, spinach, ground beef, or potato. It is baked in the […]

Turkish Spiced Bulgur (Kısır)

Kısır is a traditional, home-cooked Turkish side dish.  It’s made of fine bulgur (chopped, hulled wheat kernels), which are high in fiber and protein and low in fat.  After trying kisir and one other Turkish dish (Şakşuka), I fell in love with Turkish cuisine, and insisted Deniz get Turkish recipes from his mom.  Below is Deniz’ mom’s kisir recipe with a few modifications to add depth of […]

Turkish Baklava

As someone who was born and raised in Turkey, people always assume I have baklava syrup running in my blood (my cholesterol test results partially confirm this). Moving to the US did not stop me from enjoying this sweet, nutty, crunchy dessert. My cravings were easily satisfied by Baklava King when I was in San Diego (the best baklava hands down).  After we moved to Japan and […]