Iskender Kebab Recipe – Turkey’s Famous Kebab Made At Home

Iskender Efendi; this is the chap who invented the Iskender Kebab in the northwest city of Bursa back in the 19th century. When we moved to Turkey in 2003, Bursa was the first place we visited as part of our travels. Friends had told us to make sure we ate Iskender Kebab at the restaurant […]

Puff Pastry Strawberry Tart Recipe – Success From Failure

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? Well, actually, this is the story of a plan that didn’t come together. But then, from that, a lovely little accidental strawberry delight was created. This is how we came to produce our little Turkish breakfast sweet treat, puff pastry strawberry tart. Or, to give […]

Spinach And Potato Puff Pastry Rolls – A Dream Combination

Ahh, yes. We have discovered the joy of puff pastry. Or, to give it its Turkish name, we have discovered the joy of experimenting with milföy böreği. We’re Brits. We know puff pastry well, of course. Pasties and sausage rolls were a staple, growing up. But we had never cooked with it before. Until recently, […]

Our Ode To Gözleme – A Darling Of Turkish Food

Let’s consider the humble gözleme. Why? Well, have you ever met anyone who isn’t instantly grateful for its entrance into their life? We love the stuff and losts of others agree with us! Turkish cuisine is oft ranked by food experts as one of the world’s top three cuisines – no arguments from these two […]

A Healthy Guacamole Recipe – Loving Avocados

Guacamole – not Turkish at all. Mexican, in fact. But in the winter months, on the fruit and veg stalls around Fethiye fish market, the big Tuesday market and the Sunday market in Çalış, avocados are more prevalent than usual and they are lovely and ripe! And soft, ripe avocados make for a perfect guacamole recipe! Why […]

Şehzade Cağ Kebabı – Happy Memories Of The East In Istanbul

Food that’s memorable for all the right reasons; it’s a matter of opinion, of personal experience. For us, our happiest foodie moments in Turkey are ones where the dish is simple, full of flavour, a texture that marries with the food we’re eating…and it’s often a dish that gives you a happy glow, either because […]

Oven Baked Potato & Courgette Fritters – Our Take On A Classic Turkish Recipe

Here’s a recipe title for you: Fırında Patatesli Kabak Mücveri. That’s what we’re making in this post. It’s a take on a classic Turkish dish and translates to ‘oven baked potato and courgette fritters’ recipe (or oven baked potato and zucchini fritters for our American readers). As far as we’re concerned the reward for your efforts […]

Chickpea Salad – Turkish Summery Goodness

What are the best salads out there? Well, silly question, really. There are lots, aren’t there? And it’s all down to a matter of opinion. For us, though, the best salads are those that really suit our taste buds. And, if you know us, you’ll know that’s a salad with an abundance of strong flavours…including […]

Why Duru Balık Was Our Bodrum Foodie Highlight

Travel’s a personal thing and we all get our own highlights and memories from trips we go on. If you read this blog a lot, you’ll know our travel highlights usually centre around some sort of food we’ve eaten and delighted in: Istanbul and the kokoreç in Galata, Izmir with its enormous midye dolma and offally söğüş, […]

Cooking With Edible Wild Plants The Turkish Way – Bulgurlu Çiriş Otu Yemeği

There’s something really satisfying about cooking with edible wild plants – that knowledge of eating something that has just sprung up at the side of the road, in a meadow, a forest or in the mountains. No one planted it or cultivated it; the seed just came to be there, and, as it starts to […]