Turkish Recipes: Çoban Salatası (Shepherd Salad)

Whenever you go to any of the main tourist centres of Turkey, you will always see English (and sometimes German) translations on the restaurant menus. When we used to come to Fethiye on holiday, I would sit and look at the salads on the menu and one always stood out: Çoban Salatası - Shepherd's … [Read more...]

Turkish Okra Recipes: Okra In Olive Oil (Zeytinyağlı Bamya)

If you've read our article about the health benefits of okra, you'll know it was those health benefits, coupled with a Turkish dish served to us by our friend's mum, that forced us to give okra recipes one last shot before the vegetable defeated us altogether. Okra in olive oil (zeytinyağlı bamya) … [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...]

Geren – A Yoghurt-Based Meze With A Taste Of The Sea

This is an updated post from the original so that the recipe is easier to follow and the photos are improved. It's also an update because we've never seen geren in the meze fridges of restaurants since the experience we had in Dalyan. We can tell you, though, that that means a lot of people are … [Read more...]

Turkish Recipes: Crispy-Fried Morel Mushrooms

Have you ever tried a really expensive and rare food and then wondered what all the fuss was about? Can a food really be that good? After this year's Üzümlü Mushroom Festival, we were really curious about the morel mushroom; so expensive in the UK but an affordable seasonal food in Turkey - as a … [Read more...]

Turkish Recipes: Yoğurtlu Brokoli

This winter has been all about learning to love some of the foods we used to hate. Living in Fethiye, we eat a lot more veg than we ever did back in the UK and we've taught our taste buds that not all veg is nasty and horrible. However, until recently, there have always been two vegetables that have … [Read more...]

A Turkish Potato Salad Recipe: Patates Salatası

Potato salad - it's a classic dish, isn't it, but never tastes the same wherever you go to eat. Each person who makes it has their own potato salad recipe and, over our years of living in Turkey, we're quite comfortable with our own Turkish potato salad recipe after experimenting with different … [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...]

Turkish Pickled Red Cabbage Recipe

Today has been a 'getting organised for Christmas' day. We've done the Christmas shopping and the Christmas making. We like to feel we're putting the thought and the feeling back into Christmas (well, that's our excuse anyway) by not spending too much. Two of our Christmas presents for other … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Muhammara?

We've made an amazing discovery and a fantastic addition to our meze collection! Since starting Turkey's for Life, we've both started browsing other people's websites and blogs to see what makes them sit down and share their info with the virtual world. You might have guessed by now that we're both … [Read more...]