Seasonal Food in Turkey – Did You Know There Are Two Types of Pomegranate?

I know I've already mentioned pomegranates (nar) in an earlier post but we've learnt something today that I thought I might as well share. Anything to make us appear knowledgeable. We've spent the morning and early afternoon in Kayaköy having a chilled Sunday with friends and thoroughly enjoying … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Discovering Istanbul Pickles

You may remember, way back last winter, we did a few posts about Turkish pickles and we even discovered that they're good for you. Well, that's always going to be a bonus for us seeing as we struggle to get through a meal without having a side dish of pickles. Our visit to Istanbul last weekend … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – Nar (Pomegranates)

Mmm, I'm just trying to decide which season I look forward to the most. Is it late Spring / early Summer when all the huge, black Nif cherries are out? Or is it Autumn? Autumn is the time for these beauties. Pomegranates (Nar) are one of my favourite fruits, along with cherries. However, I … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – Confusion With Runner Beans

Well, seeing as we did yesterday's blog post all about supporting your local markets in Turkey, we thought we'd better practise what we preach and go to the Tuesday market in Fethiye this afternoon to stock up on our veggies. Apart from the staples, we were on the look out for some seasonal … [Read more...]

Turkish Markets – Love Your Local Market (Pazar)!

Everyone should adore and cherish local Turkish markets! And here's why... Why We Love Turkish Markets Once upon a time, there was a town in the Northwest of England called Wigan. Our home town. Wigan was a market town. It had an outdoor market square and an indoor market. Both sold British, … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Fethiye Honey

I wrote a comment to someone the other day stating that Fethiye wasn't really famous for any particular type of food - I am repeating what a lot of our Turkish friends say. And true, there isn't a Fethiye Kebab or a Fethiye Tost...but, slap my wrists... Anyone who knows Fethiye will recognise … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Loving Süzme Yoghurt

We've already written a post about how, since moving to Turkey, we have grown to love yoghurt - it's been quite a long journey - and we've posted a recipe for the famous Turkish yoghurt dish, cacık; a refreshing mix of natural Turkish yoghurt, cucumber and mint. There are different types of … [Read more...]

Fethiye’s Changing Seasons – Late Summer / Early Autumn Fruits

We watched an episode of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (British TV chef / smallholder / campaigner) a few nights ago. The name of the series has completely disappeared from my memory but it's something to do with the seasons and the season we're watching is Autumn. He was all excited, talking about … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Sunflower seeds (Ay Çekirdeği)

We know sunflower seeds are a part of the diets of many nationalities of the world, but never before have we witnessed sunflower seeds eaten so much - and so quickly - than in Turkey. It's not a rarity in Turkey (well, not in Fethiye anyway) to walk past any street or park bench first thing in … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – Titchy Cucumbers

We were walking around the fruit and vegetables of the Tuesday market in Fethiye this week and these little cucumbers caught my eye. Fortunately, they were displayed next to your average cucumber so you can get an idea of the size. Sometimes, these small cucumbers are labelled as 'turşuluk' which … [Read more...]