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 […]

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts With Chestnuts & Sucuk – How We Learned To Love Our Seasonal Nemesis

As you’re no doubt aware (if you read this blog a lot) we’re all for promoting our local Fethiye markets, particularly the Fethiye Friday market. The Friday market, in contrast to the Tuesday Market, is more of a villagers’ market that sells seasonal produce – and you’re never quite sure what’s going to be on […]

Etli Kapuska – Turkish Cabbage Stew With Meat: Let Cabbage Reign

It’s usually springtime that comes to mind when we think of seasonal food and abundance – but autumn on the markets of Fethiye is also another period where the stalls are just piled high with all the seasonal produce that tells us summer is over and winter is almost upon us. That’s no bad thing; […]

How To Make Fethiye Köfte Burgers

Okay, before we go any further, let us just stress right now that, to the best of our knowledge, there is no such thing as a Fethiye köfte burger. It’s a completely made up name by us, but it also seems apt. Apt because the buns are made – and bought by us – locally, […]

Celebrating Saffron Milk Cap Mushrooms – A Recipe For Sucuklu Çintar Mantarı

We talk about seasonal foods in Turkey rather a lot on this blog and, while some seasonal foods tend to appear on Fethiye market on a more year-round basis – they’re just in their prime at certain times of the year – there are some foods that are truly seasonal; here one minute, gone the […]

Turkish Recipes: Recreating Our Ankara Kayseri Mantısı At Home

Mantı – it’s easy to wonder what all the fuss is about. The first time we saw it (and had no idea what it was called) was when we originally moved to Fethiye and our neighbour knocked on our door, presenting us with a bowl of little dough parcels encasing a tiny piece of minced […]

Turkish Recipes: Kuzu Etli Nohut Yemeği (Lamb Stew With Chickpeas)

Last week, Fethiye, and lots of other places in Turkey, were stuck under a cold front with icy winds which sent temperatures tumbling into minus figures. This is very much a rarity in Fethiye – we were cold! Only one thing for it in weather like this and that’s to hit the winter warming comfort […]

Turkish Recipes: Domates Soslu Misket Köfte

Ahh, our love of köfte once more makes itself known on this blog. I wonder how many times we’ve written about it now…recipes for Tekirdağ Köftesi and just good old barbecued köfte; stories of köfte appreciation in Eskişehir and easily the most distinctive version we’ve tried to date, Doğubeyazıt Köftesi – that really was a […]

Deep Fried Anchovy Sandwich Recipe – Recreating Istanbul Hamsi Street Food At Home

Yes, that time of year is once more upon us where millions of little fish swim along the Black Sea coast and we all get the delight of hamsi (anchovy) season. Oh, how we love hamsi season – we particularly relish eating an anchovy sandwich in Istanbul, and, fortunately, the early days of hamsi season always […]

A Börek Recipe – This Time It’s Muska Böreği

There are many types of börek (pastry) recipes in Turkish cuisine from savoury to sweet. We’re big fans of the savoury dishes – and have been known to enjoy the odd slice of sweet baklava on occasion, too – so, this week being a traditional week of festive indulgence, we’ve been experimenting with börek and […]