Imam Bayıldı Recipe – A Darling Of Turkish Cuisine

Imam bayıldı; it's one of those dishes - along with shepherd's salad - that we always loved to eat when we first moved to Turkey. And then, for some reason, it released itself from our radar. Hello Again, Imam Bayıldı Well all that has now changed, mercifully. Thanks to many requests for an imam … [Read more...]

Ali Nazik Kebab – Pure Indulgence On A Plate

Pure plated indulgence. That's our description for this oh-so-tasty dish; ali nazik kebab. If you like 'cooking light' then look away now. A Gaziantep ali nazik kebab is spicy, rich and buttery. At the same time, the aubergine and yoghurt bed that the meat is laid on is smooth, smoky and … [Read more...]

Karnıyarık – A Classic Turkish Stuffed Aubergine Recipe

Go into any lokanta in Turkey and you will be most unfortunate if you don't see karnıyarık as one of the choices in the bain marie. Along with imam bayıldı, it's a classic Turkish stuffed aubergine recipe. Aubergines are a major ingredient in Turkish cuisine and are paired with meat and … [Read more...]

Baba Ganoush – A Turkish Meze Of Yoghurt & Aubergine

Summer is well and truly under way now and this is perfect weather for exploring Turkish meze recipes and, in particular, yoghurt-based meze recipes; perfect for keeping the body cool on ridiculously hot summer days. This yoghurt-based meze also uses a people's foodie favourite, aubergine. We've … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Style Tuna & Aubergine Pasta Bake Recipe – That’s What We Call It

Do you ever have those days when you just look in the fridge, you've got food in there but it's not really inspiring you and you fancy doing something a bit different with it? Our latest little fad is making 'Mediterranean pasta bakes.' That name is in inverted commas because we do just make them up … [Read more...]

Hünkar Beğendi Recipe – Ottoman Cuisine At Its Best

There are those moments in life where you peruse the menu in a restaurant, plump for a dish, stick your fork into the food...and then you get that life-changing taste sensation. And that's not so much of an exaggeration; life changing in the sense that you know you've landed yourself a perfect meal … [Read more...]

Turkish Recipes: Spicy Chickpea and Aubergine Stew

It wouldn't be surprising if just about every town and city in the UK had one. I'm talking about those book clearance shops that you just can't resist entering in the hope of a little bargain. Many years ago, we were in Wigan's clearance store, no doubt looking for a cheap Christmas present for … [Read more...]

Turkish Food: Aubergine Kebab

Sometimes, with Turkish food, all is not what it seems. Self-catering vegetarians visiting Turkey will be delighted by the variety and vibrancy of the colours of seasonal fruit and vegetables on the local markets. And whether you are vegetarian are not, the meze fridges of Turkish restaurants … [Read more...]

Turkish Aubergine Salad Recipe – Ideal For Summer

In the UK, we call them aubergines but a more common word for those plump, dark vegetables appears to be eggplant. However, as translations of the Turkish dish "patlıcan salatası" tend to say aubergine salad on restaurant menus, we'll go with the flow and stick with that, rather than eggplant … [Read more...]

Turkish Musakka Recipe – A Dish For All Seasons

We got an email from a reader, once, telling us she had eaten many fabulous meals whilst staying in Turkey. Well, we get lots of emails like that, actually. But this particular reader told us she had particularly enjoyed the Turkish musakka - and she wanted to know if we had a Turkish Musakka recipe … [Read more...]