Category: Turkish

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

VegFish

So I had been wanting to try to make a vegetarian fish for over a decade.  I kept procrastinating because of the level of effort and lack of necessary ingredients.  This weekend I had neither excuse and embarked upon a fun adventure.  We had just visited Chinatown the weekend before and stocked up, and Deniz was […]

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 […]