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 Food – Another Mücver Recipe

Mücver (courgette / zucchini fritters) is absolutely gorgeous and the recipe is something I've been playing about with since we moved into this house. It's still not how we want it but it's getting there. The quantities are something you just have to play with so that you can get your mücver exactly … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – A Recipe For Köfte

Having got the rant about köfte and burgers off my chest I should post the recipe for how we make Turkish köfte. Once you have your basic mix, you can play around with herbs and spices to suit your taste. In Turkey, köfte will have different spices and textures in each restaurant or büfe depending … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Sucuklu Güveç

Sucuklu güveç (Turkish sausage casserole) was once made for us by our neighbour and, ever since, we've been making our own take on this dish. Casserole (güveç) dishes are very common, at least in this area of Turkey, and are usually served as a sizzling dish in a shallow, cast-iron bowl. We've … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Cacık (Natural Yoghurt with Cucumber and Mint)

During the hot summer months, having a side bowl of a Turkish national dish, cacık, with our meals has become an almost daily habit. It's refreshing and cooling and really does help digestion. One of the first things we noticed when we came to Turkey was yoghurt! It seemed like it was everywhere. … [Read more...]

Simple, Mediterranean-Style Yoghurt Dip – Yoğurtlu Patlıcan

Yesterday, I made Rice Fritters for tea and mentioned that I had made a yoghurt side dip to go with them. Well, here it is. I am going to post it because it's going to become a regular on our dining table. I did do a little bit of internet research last night and whilst there are various dips, all … [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...]

Turkish Food – Ekşili Patlıcan (Sour Aubergine)

Somebody asked us recently whether we actually make / cook all the food that we put on this blog. Apart from the fact that we fell in love with Turkey and Turkish food when we first came on holiday here, the next main reason for choosing to move to a place like Fethiye was so we could buy lovely, … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Patlıcan Biber Kızartması

Patlıcan Biber Kızartması (Fried aubergine and pepper in olive oil and tomatoes) was one of the first home-cooked Turkish recipes we tried when we moved to Fethiye. We were round at a Turkish friend's house and his mum had made some for us. It's not the most appetising looking of dishes and it's … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Fethiye Pickles; My Recipe

Pickles are just a fact of life in Turkey. You eat pickles with your food. That's it. It's very rare you won't see pickles (turşu) of some variety on the table when you're served a meal. And this suits us just fine! If you buy your pickles, try to go to a place that does homemade turşu, like … [Read more...]