Category: Appetizer/Side

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 […]

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 […]

Creamy Cauliflower

Vegetables in a cream sauce, there’s something so satisfying about the combination.  The richness of the cream pairs so well with the crunch and healthiness of the vegetables.  Deniz and I love to modify cream soup recipes to make them into creamy vegetable dishes.  This creamy cauliflower recipe is one of our favorites, modified from Ree […]

Creamy Kabocha Squash

I modified Food Network’s Roast kabocha squash with lemongrass cream soup recipe on a whim to make this amazing squash side dish.  The flavors are so rich and decadent with the yummy squash taste still coming through.  It’s so good it’s addictive. Ingredients: 1 large kabocha squash, green skin shaved off, seeds removed, and chopped into bite-sized pieces 1 […]

Turkish Ali Nazik Kebab

We were blesssed to get a private cooking lesson from Gülevren last night.  It was a unique treat watching superwoman.  She cook 5 dishes for a 10 person dinner, while teaching us and watching the kids.  Here’s her Ali Nazik Kebab dish, with its bold tangy meaty topping and cool, smooth eggplant base. Ingredients: Yogurt Eggplant […]

Quinoa Salad

Found this quinoa salad recipe on Food Network and made minor modifications to fit our taste.  Has a lovely mildly tangy taste and fresh crunch texture.  It’s super healthy, with the protein-heavy quinoa and nutrient dense vegetables.  Makes fora great light side or snack. Ingredients: 6 c water 2 c quinoa, rinsed 2 Japanese cucumbers, cut […]

Fusion Bangladeshi Pancakes

I’ve always wondered why there aren’t many savory pancake offerings.  I love the texture of pancakes, but don’t much like sweet in the morning, especially cloying syrupy sweetness.  I’d always wished pancakes were salty instead of sweet.  So when I found Lail Hossain’s Bangladeshi Chapri recipe, I decided to try making it using pancake batter.  The results were so delicious, we’ve made it many times, and […]