Karnıyarık – A Classic Turkish Stuffed Aubergine Recipe

Go into any lokanta in Turkey and you will be most unfortunate if you don't see karnıyarık as one of the choices in the bain marie. Along with imam bayıldı, it's a classic Turkish stuffed aubergine recipe. Aubergines are a major ingredient in Turkish cuisine and are paired with meat and … [Read more...]

Izmir Köfte Recipe – A Regional Favourite & Home Favourite

Izmir Köfte - Turkish meatballs in tomato sauce with potatoes and peppers. It's been a long time coming this recipe. A regular evening meal for us, especially through winter. Whenever Barry makes it, I post a photo to our Instagram Stories. And we always get the request, "Can we have your Izmir … [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...]

The Turkish Coffee Experience – How To Make It, How To Drink It

Have you ever tried Turkish coffee (Türk Kahvesi)? For many, it's an acquired taste. Because, unlike filter coffees and the instant varieties, Türk Kahvesi is not filtered. As a result of that, a thick, muddy residue will rest on the bottom of the Turkish coffee cup. Deeply unpleasant for those … [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...]

Spinach And Eggs Recipe – Breakfast, Lunch Or Dinner

Eggs and spinach for breakfast, anyone? Or lunch or dinner, for that matter. If you've never tried this spinach and eggs recipe, we're sure you're going to be converts once you do make it. We go through spells where it's on our menu more than once a week. And that's no bad thing because this dish … [Read more...]

Turkish Green Lentil Soup Recipe – The Proof Of The Pudding Is In The Eating

Bastions of Turkish cuisine: Both soup (çorba) and legumes most certainly sit comfortably with that description. And in this green lentil soup recipe, we bring the two together to make a hearty Turkish meal. Way back when, we did a post on the main types of çorba (soup) you see in the eateries of … [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...]

Menemen – A Recipe For Turkish Scrambled Eggs With Tomatoes & Vegetables

Traditional Turkish menemen; the first time we came to Fethiye on holiday, a local guy we'd met described one of his favourite Turkish breakfast recipes to us. Cue the dreamy face that comes over most Turkish people (usually males) as they list the ingredients of meals cooked by their mum! Because, … [Read more...]