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...]

Shepherd’s Salad – When Simple Is Genius

It's easily done. A simple - yet rightly much-loved - salad, like shepherd's salad, can easily fall off the radar. But do you know what the best bit about that is? It's when you suddenly remember one day, for no reason, that you haven't had shepherd salad in such a long time. So then you decide … [Read more...]

Spinach Stem Salad Recipes – Ispanak Kökü Salatası

Why make a spinach stem salad, you ask? Let's keep things simple: Most traditional Turkish food is as food should be - you take your ingredients, you make your dish. And if there is anything you have discarded while making your dish, you don't discard it; you make another dish from it. Well, … [Read more...]

Purslane & Tomato Salad Recipe – A Tasty Bowl Of Summer Colour

In the sweltering summer heat, where would we be without the light, fresh flavours of a crisp and crunchy salad? A few days ago, on the Sunday market in Çalış, it was semizotu (purslane) that caught our eye. It was just asking to be made into a purslane and tomato salad (domatesli semizotu … [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 Food – Ekşili Patlıcan (Sour Aubergine)

Somebody asked us recently whether we actually make / cook all the food that we put on this blog. Apart from the fact that we fell in love with Turkey and Turkish food when we first came on holiday here, the next main reason for choosing to move to a place like Fethiye was so we could buy lovely, … [Read more...]

Favourite Meze Dishes? Kısır Is There For Us

Question: When is tabbouleh not tabbouleh? Answer: When it is a Turkish dish made with slightly different ingredients and called kısır. What Is Kısır? Kısır is made from the fine bulgur wheat (cracked wheat). When we've written about other Turkish meze recipes, we've no doubt said a particular … [Read more...]