Etli Kuru Fasulye – A Turkish Recipe For White Bean Stew

Since the heavy rain that cause the floods in Fethiye a few days ago, a dusting of snow has made itself at home along the summits of the Akdağlar mountain range - and Fethiye itself is under a bit of a cold front. That's not a complaint; far from it in fact, because, all this week, the days are … [Read more...]

Turkish Recipes: Kuzu Etli Nohut Yemeği (Lamb Stew With Chickpeas)

Last week, Fethiye, and lots of other places in Turkey, were stuck under a cold front with icy winds which sent temperatures tumbling into minus figures. This is very much a rarity in Fethiye - we were cold! Only one thing for it in weather like this and that's to hit the winter warming comfort … [Read more...]

Sucuklu Bakla – A Turkish Take On A Popular Broad Beans Recipe

March in Fethiye is the beginning of the broad beans season, and, on a visit to Çiftlik Perşembe Pazarı (Ciftlik Thursday Market) we noticed that the first young bakla (broad beans or fava beans) of the season were for sale. Not lots of them as yet...but enough to get us thinking about broad beans … [Read more...]

Turkish Recipes: Recreating A Street Food Favourite – Nohutlu Pilav

Welcome to another edition of Turkish Food Focus. Last week, we shared a recipe for a white bean dip which is a perfect addition for your meze table when you're entertaining. This week is similar in that we've got another Turkish recipe for you, except this time, it's a main meal and a current … [Read more...]

Fasulye Ezmesi – A Tasty Turkish White Bean Dip Recipe

Beans - both dried and fresh - are a much-used ingredient in Turkish cuisine and the dishes they produce, like this white bean dip, are right up there amongst our favourites. When it comes to white beans (cannellini beans) Antalya style piyaz is a real regular in our house, and, of course, kuru … [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 Recipes: Mercimek Köftesi

We've got Spring on the brain at the moment. The weather in Fethiye is gradually losing its biting winter chill and opening the curtains to beautiful sunshine in the mornings kick-starts us into action. It's spring-cleaning weather, trekking weather and eating-Turkish-meze-dishes-on-the-balcony … [Read more...]

A Tasty And Simple Hummus Recipe

We're sharing our hummus recipe in this post. Hummus is a bit of a strange one. Lots of debate about where it originated (with the general 'discussion' being between various Middle Eastern countries) and us, with our not-so-immense culinary knowledge, always assumed it was Greek. Anyway, we have … [Read more...]

Turkish Green Beans In Olive Oil Recipe – Zeytinyağlı Taze Fasulye

Zeytinyağlı taze fasulye (fresh green beans in olive oil) was one of the first Turkish dishes I ever attempted - for the basic fact that we had bought a Turkish cookery book whilst on holiday in Fethiye, gone back to England, and, when I leafed through the book's pages, this Turkish green beans in … [Read more...]

Turkish Barbunya Pilaki Recipe – Borlotti Beans In A Tomato & Olive Oil Stew

In Turkish cuisine there is a group of dishes known as zeytinyağlı yemekler (olive oil dishes) and, of these dishes, Barbunya Pilaki is definitely our favourite. We do love our okra in olive oil on occasion (well, it is extremely healthy) and we occasionally enjoy green beans in olive oil, too. But … [Read more...]