Beyond Adana Kebab

Before I became vegetarian one of my favorite kebabs was Adana kebab. It got its name from the city of Adana in Turkey, and with its simple yet hard to achieve preparation what made this dish so tasty. Naturally we won’t be using tail fat, or mince the meat with a cleaver but we achieved […]

Beyond Beet Burgers

We’ve tried making a lot of different veggie burgers and kebabs over the years, and found it’s tough to get the taste and texture right.  Sometimes they’re too meaty, and sometimes they’re not meaty enough.  Also, they often come out too crumbly if too many vegetables are put in.  With the help of Beyond Meat, […]

Turkish Almond Syrupy Cookies (Sekerpare)

The first time I went to Turkey, I had these sekerpare cookies and fell in love.  They’re soaked in a delicious syrup, giving them an incredibly moist crumbly texture that I’ve never had in any other cookie.  We often crave them as there’s nothing comparable available in the US.  We’ve tried making them many times […]

Korean Bulgogi VegBeef

Over the past week, I’ve been craving savory succulent meaty Asian meat dishes and was motivated to learn to make tasty bulgogi beef.  After a few test trials, and some help from the internet, I was able to create super succulent, crispy yet soft, and incredibly delicious vegetarian bulgogi beef.  I started from the Bulgogi […]

Turkish Beet Arugula Salad

  Gulevren taught us how to make this delicious salad during our Thanksgiving 2019 visit.  The sweetness and softness of the beet pairs so well with the freshness and bitterness of the arugula. The redness of the beets is also striking against the green salad.  It’s a match made in heaven! Ingredients: 1/2 onion, chopped […]

Long-Life Noodles (伊面)

I love lo mein and have struggled to find a good recipe for making it for years.  During new years, I was searching for long-life noodles and discovered this recipe on Woks of Life.  I happened to have fresh noodles and shiitake mushrooms on hand and used that to great results.  I also felt the […]

Kale Pesto

Deniz and I love kale.  It’s the perfect leafy green.  It’s so nutritious, mild (not bitter!), and holds up great in dishes.  We usually shred it and add it to whatever warm dish we’re eating to increase greens and fiber in our diet, particularly heavy or starchy dishes which helps to balance the taste.  This […]

Tabouli

Deniz and I modified this recipe of tabouli from the Ziad bulgur package to meet our tastes.  It has a lot less lemon than typical tabouli, which we like a lot, because it brings out the taste of all of the other ingredients!  Yum! Ingredients: 1/2 c bulgur, medium fine #2 1 c tomatoes, finely […]

Ethiopian Timatim Fit Fit

Living in Washington DC, we’re blessed with a plethora of Ethiopian grocery stores that we are happy to take full advantage of.  =)  There’s something so satisfying about being able to buy a fresh injera rather than havng to make it yourself.  We always buy a pack when we cook Ethiopian, but then end up […]

Turkish Semolina Halva

This semolina halva is one of my favorite Turkish desserts.  I have always thought of halva as a sticky and thick white block, and was delighted when Deniz introduced me to this very different type of halva.  It’s buttery and slightly sweet, light and fluffy, and eaten with a spoon.  Once I put one spoon […]