Muhammara Recipe – A Tasty Red Pepper & Walnut Dip

Have you ever tried muhammara? If not, you're missing out. Whilst it's not a regular feature on our meze table, when we do make it, we know we're in for a treat. Muhammara is one of those meze dishes that is to be savoured and relished. And the good news is, it's also easy to make. What Is … [Read more...]

Gavurdağı Salad – A Tomato & Walnut Salad Packed With Zing

Favourite Turkish salads: we love a çoban salad, a bulgur wheat salad like kısır never disappoints, chickpea salad fills a corner in the summer months. But if grilled meat is on the menu, there is one salad that is an absolute must: Gavurdağı Salatası. Gavurdağı Salad - A Tomato & Walnut Salad … [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...]

Cacık Recipe – Turkish Yoghurt & Cucumber Dip

Since 5,000 BC. That's how long natural yoghurt is said to have been a part of people's lives; at least in the region of ancient Mesopotamia, that is. And that includes parts of modern day Turkey. If you know Turkey, you'll know there's a whole raft of meze dishes that celebrate the wonder food that … [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...]

Lentil Köfte Recipe (Turkish Mercimek Köftesi)

Whether you're someone who, like us, enjoys a bit of everything, or you're vegetarian or vegan, this Turkish lentil köfte recipe (mercimek köftesi) is great for serving when you have friends over for food. Lentil köfte signals springtime for us. The weather in Fethiye is gradually losing its … [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...]

Garlic Yoghurt With Carrots – Sarımsaklı Yoğurtlu Havuç Salatası

Turkish garlic yoghurt with carrots (sarımsaklı yoğurtlu havuç salatası) is a meze dish that we usually only have the pleasure to eat in the home. You sometimes get to eat this tasty Turkish carrot salad on the Blue Bays boat trips around Fethiye but, for whatever reason, the Turkish restaurants we … [Read more...]

It’s Melon Season – Time To Indulge In Refreshing Melon Salad (Kavun Salatası)

What to eat? The temperatures are soaring, it's humid, the appetite isn't up to much. But you know you've got to replenish your weary body. And, if you're anything like us and you love your food, you'd like to actually sit and enjoy putting those energy-giving calories back in! Thank goodness then … [Read more...]

Hi, Chayote Squash. Or Should That Be Rodos Kabağı?

Have you heard of chayote squash? Seasonal eating - we love it! Especially when it's a true seasonal food. Something you only see at a certain time of year. A food that you can look forward to, anticipating its appearance on the markets and mentally planning all the Turkish dishes you're going to … [Read more...]