Hamsili Pilav – A Black Sea Recipe Of Oven Baked Pilaf Encased In Fresh Anchovies

Hamsi season! Those of you who read this blog a lot will be fully aware that this is one of our favourite times of year. All those little anchovies swimming amongst the icy currents of the Black Sea and along the Bosphorus. Hamsi is nigh on worshipped in the Black Sea regions of Turkey and the … [Read more...]

Cooking With Edible Wild Plants The Turkish Way – Bulgurlu Çiriş Otu Yemeği

There's something really satisfying about cooking with edible wild plants - that knowledge of eating something that has just sprung up at the side of the road, in a meadow, a forest or in the mountains. No one planted it or cultivated it; the seed just came to be there, and, as it starts to grow, an … [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...]

Turkish Recipes: Baked Stuffed Peppers With Bulgur Wheat Filling

Back in January, we did a recipe for the classic Turkish recipe, biber dolması. In that recipe, green bell peppers are stuffed with a rice filling and then simmered until the peppers are soft. Well, as we're such big fans of stuffed peppers, we thought we'd share another recipe for them, except this … [Read more...]

Turkish Recipes: Biber Dolması (Stuffed Peppers With Rice)

The first time we came across biber dolması, we were staying with a Turkish friend and his family for a few days. Early in the day, mum was already preparing the evening meal and I remember glancing at the hob and seeing a pan with a glass lid, steam hissing through the gaps every now and then. … [Read more...]

Turkish Recipes: Ispanaklı Bulgur Pilavı

Last Sunday, we were on our way to Çalış market and we were feeling the need for food - right now! Most of the time, we opt for gözleme because we can eat this at the pazar - but last week, we just had the taste for kuşbaşılı pide. When the pide arrived, not only was it just what we were looking … [Read more...]

Domatesli Bulgur Pilavı – A Recipe For Turkish Bulgur Pilaf With Tomatoes

In Turkey, there is a type of restaurant called Ocakbaşı. You go to these restaurants when you want to eat grilled meat, cooked on an open barbecue within the restaurant. Our favourite meals, whenever we go to places like this, are chicken şiş kebab, lamb şiş or Adana Kebabı. All of these kebabs are … [Read more...]

Our Turkish Rice Recipe

Turkish rice (şehriyeli pilav) - definitely one of the most famous dishes in Turkey! If you're familiar with Turkish food, you'll know that rice features quite heavily in the eating process. A lot of Turkish recipes end with, 'serve with rice'. If you go to a lokanta (a type of Turkish restaurant), … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – Them Round Courgettes!

At the moment, there are loads of these almost spherical courgettes on Fethiye market and we absolutely love them. We're not sure if there any traditional Turkish dishes that use this type of courgette in particular but we've certainly never seen any - and the last time we went to the market with … [Read more...]

Favourite Meze Dishes? Kısır Is There For Us

Question: When is tabbouleh not tabbouleh? Answer: When it is a Turkish dish made with slightly different ingredients and called kısır. What Is Kısır? Kısır is made from the fine bulgur wheat (cracked wheat). When we've written about other Turkish meze recipes, we've no doubt said a particular … [Read more...]