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Mince Pie Recipe – Because It’s Not Christmas Without Them

Foods associated with Christmas? Surely one of the first foods that pops into your head is traditional mince pies? And, as far as we’re concerned, homemade mince pies are the best! Everyone has their own little additions and tweaks that makes their mince pie recipe special to them. And to the people they share them …

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Quick & Easy Chicken Liver Pate Recipe

So quick and easy to make. And oh so tasty! We’re sure we’re not the only ones out there who love a good homemade chicken liver pate recipe. And, it’s gaining popularity in Turkish homes, too. Tavuk ciğeri ezmesi is an increasingly common recipe on Turkish language food blogs. A Comforting Presence There’s something comforting …

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Twice Baked Potatoes – A Perfect Weekend Treat

This twice baked potatoes recipe is right up there amongst our favourites. The potato – oft described as ‘the humble potato.’ Nothing humble about them for us. We love and appreciate them to the full. When I was growing up, baked potatoes (or jacket potatoes) were a much-looked-forward to, but rare, treat in our house. …

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Spicy Aubergine & Chickpea Stew Recipe – Flavours From Around The Med

Throughout the Middle East and around the Mediterranean, the combination of aubergines and chickpeas has been enjoyed for generations. One of four favourite ways to use these two ingredients together is to make one version of a spicy aubergine and chickpea stew. In Turkey, a version of the dish is called nohutlu patlıcan yemeği. In Morocco, …

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Spinach & Seasonal Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Autumn; the days are shorter and cooler, there’s a dampness to the cold night air…and the beautiful Saffron Milk Cap Mushrooms sprout beneath the pine trees in the forests around Fethiye. Time to make mushroom risotto! As you are no doubt aware by now, we enjoy our Turkish seasonal produce and the different mushroom seasons …

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Homemade Smoked Trout Pate – Füme Alabalık Ezmesi

Füme alabalık ezmesi – or, to give it its English language name: smoked trout pate. So simple and, yet, a complete revelation for us in the kitchen department. We love pate, we love seafood – why had we never mixed the two until recently? That’s because many a lazy Saturday has been spent watching TV programme, …

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Winter Chutney Recipe – A Feast Of Seasonal Produce

It’s time to make our winter chutney recipe! This time of year is always a cheerful display of the contrasting autumn/winter colours of the seasonal produce that currently tempts the food shopper at Fethiye market. Plump, silky plums, blushing apples, the vibrant orange of mandalina (Mandarin oranges). And the rich, brown chestnuts that sit comfortably …

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Quick & Easy Smoked Trout & Sweet Potato Fish Cakes Recipe

What’s not to love about homemade fish cakes? They’ve always been a regular in our house, usually if we have leftover fish from another meal. Fish cakes are perfect for using up those leftovers and creating another satisfying dish. However, recently something has changed. No longer are our fish cakes merely a vessel for using …

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How To Make Greek Frappé – A Refreshing Taste Of Summer

It’s usually around mid-June when the time comes to start craving a mid-morning Greek-style frappe. When we linger over that first one of the year, that’s when we know summer is here and we’ll be drinking frappe most days until the end of September, at least. We love a Turkish coffee – but that’s hot. …

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