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Turkish Cuisine 101: Aşure

Let's start with the pronounciation: It's like ah-shoe-reh. The name in Turkish comes from food aş, but I read it may originate from the word 10th in Arabic, because it is traditionally made on the 10th day of Muharrem (a month in Islamic calendar). In Turkey Aşure (Noah's pudding) is a very traditional dessert. Interestingly it's one of the few vegan Turkish desserts. The dessert is a tribute to Noah's ark and the great flood. The story says that after the great flood when Noah's ...

Sourcherry Chocolate Cake

Alp's special birthday request: sourcherry chocolate cake with coconut flour.

Indian Cuisine: Masala Biryani Rice

Ready? I have a good one! A few months back, Alp was taking care of the organisation of a two week hearing in a luxury hotel. One day they had a bad experience, when they were working at i-don't-know-how-long-into-the-night, they were miserable with no water, no coffee and lots of dirty dishes. So he sent a nice (!) mail to the responsible person. The next day the responsible person came to apologize and afterwards they always had someone to take care of them. But the apology apparently ...

Turkish style “Spanish Omelette”: Potato Omelette à la Turca

So this is another recipe that I regret discovering very late. Even though it is a very classical potato dish, my family never ate potatoes for breakfast so probably that is the reason we never made potato omelette. I was enlightened when a friend made it for me when I was in high school. I clearly remember my shock and the new shining lights in my brain. Anyway. For Turkish cuisine, the trick of the potato omelette is cumin. After giving you the whole secret, here is how we do it. Start by ...

A Turkish Family Breakfast: Menemen

I have promised a Turkish 101 on this blog and I have been delayed with our food challenges so at last, here is a classical Turkish dish: Menemen! I have actually seen the same dish or very similar ones in other countries' family cuisine. Huevos rancheros, for instance, is the Mexican farm tradition. Melemeni, or strapatsada is the Greek version, although I should say we share a lot of or food culture with the Greeks so it is quite normal. Shakshouka is the version you can find in middle ...

Pho – Vietnamese Noodle Soup

Pho is a northern Vietnamese street food which became known to the rest of the world after with migrants after teh Vietnam War. The biggest secret to a good pho is the bone broth. Well, technically broth in general. I once cooked vegetarian Pho with vegetable broth for a friend. But this time I will give you a recipe that is -I hope- closer to the original. First of all you will need a lot of bones for the broth. Marrow bones are ideal for me. In fact, it's best to roast the marrow ...

Ginger Squash Soup with Caramelised Walnuts

I found this recipe in an application called Lifesum and it made me love squash soup. So here we go!   Türkçesi için buraya tıklayın!

Christmas/New Year Special Ginger Citrus Cheesecake With Goat Cheese

I have told you about the great original and local foods that one can find in French open air markets! In our market there is a lady who sells goat cheese that she produces. The last time I tasted her cheese, I dreamt of making a cheesecake with it. Since we were still on a diet, we planned it for the new year's eve. My mother has a great cheesecake with oat-biscuits from Turkey, called Eti Burçak, but since the cheese is fresh I wanted a recipe that I won't be baking. I discovered Cafe ...

A story of Experiment, Failure and Relative Success: Barbecue Fish in Banana Leaves

Not every experiment can succeed but also not every failure is bad. Since we watched salt, acid, fat and heat, we wanted to try barbecuing something in banana leaves. Last week we went shopping in an Asian store for the gyozas and we were very happy to find banana leaves! And when we found some fish yesterday it was a done deal. However there was one thing that we did not think, it's winter and no one is selling charcoal! And we were out of it (at least we thought we were, a bit too late ...

Infused Oliveoil Workshop

From time to time I prepare infused olive oil but since I found that book on citrus, I want to try a few. I was thinking of getting a few bottles so I started making a list. I ended up 20 I wanted to try so I decided to find smaller bottles and turn it into a workshop! I used two technics for fresh herbs: for most I just washed and pat dried. For a few I blanched in boiling water for 20 seconds then cooled in cold water, then I dried them. The unblanched ones look better in the bottle but we ...