Turkish Food Focus: Tepsi Kebab

It's Friday again so it's time for another Turkish food photo. Actually, we've decided to change the name of this weekly series to Turkish Food Focus because our first two posts in this section, the Izmir gevrek simit mystery and nohutlu pilav, contained more than one photo. Future posts are likely … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Saturday Night Chicken Wings

This post has been waiting backstage for a long time to see the light of day. The idea behind it is that it's perfect Saturday-night-in-watching-TV food and so I wanted to do the post on a Saturday night. Except Saturdays in Fethiye came and went, and each time we remembered about it, it was never a … [Read more...]

Istanbul: When Köfte (And A Nice Man) Comes To The Rescue

If you're a regular reader of Turkey's For Life, you'll know it's not the norm to see 'people photos' in our posts. We did a post on our favourite Fethiye helvacı back in May but that's about it. Well, today, we're happy to be able to add to that and double our tiny tally of 'people photos.' Durak … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Kuzu Tandır (Lamb Tandir)

We've been wanting to do a post on the sheer delight that is lamb tandır for a long time but I always forget to take a photo of it whenever we're at Cin Bal in Kayaköy. As soon as the tandır arrives at the table, we all dive straight in there; testament to how good this dish is I guess. When we … [Read more...]

Turkish Food: Ali Nazik Kebab

Whenever we go to a restaurant advertising an Ottoman kitchen, I always have to order Hünkar Beğendi (it's a work of genius) while Barry will usually go for the Ali Nazik. Ali Nazik is an odd one. I've sampled this dish at a few restaurants (read, 'plunged my fork into Barry's meal') and it … [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 tempt … [Read more...]

Turkish Food: Chicken Shish Kebab

Unless they're vegetarian, it's pretty difficult for food lovers to come to Turkey and leave without sampling good old tavuk şiş (chicken shish kebab). Before we ever came to Turkey, we'd followed recipes for tavuk şiş where we would take our skewer and place a chunk of onion, a slice of pepper, … [Read more...]

The Perfect Turkish Convenience Food: Kömürde Piliç

These days, Fethiye is considered to be 'coming up in the world' amongst a lot of our Turkish friends because three of the world's major fast-food companies have set up shop in the town centre. The fact that not many people seem to have flocked to these places is completely unimportant. As far as … [Read more...]

Turkish Food: Hünkar Beğendi – An Ottoman Classic

Quite possibly one of the best Turkish aubergine dishes I have ever tasted: Hünkar Beğendi. The first time I tried it was at a restaurant in Ölüdeniz. We'd been there once in the past and Barry ordered it whilst I ordered something obviously less memorable since I have no idea what I ordered! I … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Köfte is King!

Okay, let me haul myself up onto my soapbox and have a bit of a rant about the world of processed food! I've developed a bit of a 'thing' about processed food over the years and it's slowly disappearing from our daily diet. I'm not a fan! Judging by what we see and read on a daily basis though, it's … [Read more...]