Kadinbudu Kofte Recipe
This is a classical Ottoman/Turkish dish. When you are hungry walking the famous Istiklal Street, you find yourself a small local restaurant usually serving the artisans working around, and among them you will find, for sure, Kadınbudu Köfte.
They say the custom is using plain rice from the day before for making this. I'm ok with that! Good that it does not go to waste!
Look how beautiful the Kadinbudu Kofte looks!
The name translates to, literally, woman's thigh. I couldn't find ...
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 ...
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 ...
Antalya’s Famous Beans Salad: Piyaz
Piyaz is a famous accompanying dish (even a main!) in Turkey but Antalya has a distinct version, we use tahini in the sauce. For us, Antalians, a piyaz without tahini is just a bean salad.
People who have lived in Antalya, especially those who have spent their childhood there, usually miss it a lot when living away. The warmth, the sun, the sea, the pebbly beach, ... So everthing related to Antalya becomes a bit too important. Like piyaz... You get annoyed when others refer to a plain bean ...