Brokoli Salatası – A Tempting Turkish Broccoli Salad

From November, and right through into the colder months of winter, the stalls of Fethiye market and Çalış market are piled high with winter greens. And there is something oh-so-tempting about the sight of emerald green 'trees' of broccoli. We would never have written such a sentence a few years … [Read more...]

Kahvaltılık Sos – The Best Homemade Ketchup

At this time of year, as the hot summer weather slowly becomes more autumnal, the stalls of the local markets are piled high with cheap plum tomatoes and huge red peppers. These are not the type of sweet, juicy tomatoes or crisp red peppers you use for your salads. No, this produce serves another … [Read more...]

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...]

For The Love Of Pide – Recipe And Favourite Fillings

Let's talk about pide! And also give you a fantastic, easy pide recipe which you can use and adapt to suit your own tastes. Why? Well, because who doesn't love a Turkish pide whenever you're in the country. We're here in Turkey all the time, so we eat lots of it! We've said before that çorba … [Read more...]

Imam Bayıldı Recipe – A Darling Of Turkish Cuisine

Imam bayıldı; it's one of those dishes - along with shepherd's salad - that we always loved to eat when we first moved to Turkey. And then, for some reason, it released itself from our radar. Hello Again, Imam Bayıldı Well all that has now changed, mercifully. Thanks to many requests for an imam … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Turp Otu Salatası – A Recipe For Wild Radish Leaf Salad

It's been a long winter in Fethiye, but the heat of the sun is finally starting to show signs of victory over the colder temperatures and with that comes thoughts of lighter meals. It's out with the heavy stews and casseroles and in with the meze and salad dishes. Granted, we're a long way from … [Read more...]