Category Archive: Turkish

Sac kavurma

Eid ul-Adha may have been a whole month ago now, but today I wanted to share a classic Kurban Bayram dish with you because it’s too good to be reserved for the holidays… Continue reading

What happens when you get bored of Turkish food?

Say what you will about Turkish nationalism, Turks have plenty of reasons to be nationalistic about their food. Turkish food is wonderful. Forget greasy döner kebab. Real Turkish food is delicious, healthy and… Continue reading

The mother of all breakfasts

I’ve wanted to write about the magnificent glory of Turkish Breakfast ever since M made me my first full on breakfast in a little apartment in Hebden Bridge one rainy cold January, only… Continue reading

Turkish lentil soup

Building on the theme of my last post – how not to fry the sh*t out of everything – here I present to you one of the mainstays of Turkish cooking that does… Continue reading

How not to fry the sh*t out of everything

Turkish food has a reputation. Some of it is a good reputation (the glories of the Mediterranean diet, both super-healthy and super-delicious); some of it is bad (doner kebab, anyone?). The reality is… Continue reading

Zekiye Hanim’s perfect Turkish rice

Turkish rice is heaven. Unlike rice as I knew it growing up – boiled and plain and often claggy – Turkish rice is fluffy and buttery and delicious. This is partly because the… Continue reading

Stuffed artichokes (Zeytinyağlı enginar)

I was propositioned yesterday at the market. A twinkly-eyed vendor talked me into buying artichoke hearts for the first time, under the pretext of ‘helping’ me to pick out the finest cucumbers (because… Continue reading

Fresh green beans (zeytinyağlı taze fasuliye)

Taze fasuliye (fresh green beans) is a Turkish home cooking staple, and a pleasant change from the meat, meat and more meat that often characterizes Turkish cuisine. It’s also an example of a… Continue reading

Lately in Istanbul: the fish supper that almost was

Men with fishing rods are one of the defining characteristics of Istanbul’s coastlines (and it is mainly men). The Galata Bridge is probably most famous for its popularity with fishermen, but almost any stretch… Continue reading

Lately in Istanbul: would you go to this hamam?

I’ve not had a lot of time to write lately (work has gone crazy, and as the humanitarian crisis in Syria doesn’t look like it’ll be resolved anytime soon it may be a… Continue reading