Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi, Istanbul – Turkey’s Number 1 Köfte?

Look up the English translation of the Turkish word, ‘meşhur’ and you’ll see it means ‘renowned, famous or well known.’ Well, then, guess it was finally time we sampled the köfte at this ‘renowned,’ establishment, Filibe Köftecisi in the Sirkeci area of Istanbul. Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi, Sirkeci  We’d spotted Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi on a previous […]

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 […]

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, […]

A Recipe For Traditional English Deep Dish Meat & Potato Pie

We do get the odd pang, every now and then, for some good old English comfort food (remember our recipe for home made crumpets many moons ago?) and recently, during a rare cold snap in Fethiye, our bodies just decided it was time for a bit of that type of food. That type of food […]

Tekirdağ Köftesi Recipe – A Famous Regional Dish

It was 2005 and we were in transit from Alexandroupoli in Greece, heading back to Istanbul by bus. Traffic was bad and it had been a long journey, so, after crossing the border into Turkey, the bus driver pulled to the side of the road and gave us an hour’s break to stretch our legs. View […]

Not Very Turkish Recipes: Homemade Lasagne

Today’s recipe is not a Turkish recipe by any stretch of the imagination, so how has a recipe for homemade lasagne made it into our blog? Well, you may remember last Wednesday’s blog post was all about our love for visiting Istanbul and, at the end of it, we said we would be in Istanbul […]

Et Sote Recipe – A Turkish Beef Saute In Tomatoes

Turkish cuisine is made up of many different types of dishes and one of its most comforting foods is the sote dish. Because of this ‘cosy comfort’ feel, we usually eat Turkish sote dishes during the winter months. However, we do like to break with tradition on occasion. Recently, even in warmer months, we felt […]