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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tomato-Rice Cooked in Olive Oil

(Domates Civesi - Antalya)

 Tomato-Rice Cooked in Olive Oil
1 small onion, sliced
1 small eggplant; peel the skin lengthwise in strips, cut into bite size, soak in 2 cups of water with salt for about 15 minutes, dry with paper towel
1 cubanelle pepper, chopped
1-2 garlic cloves, sliced
3 tbsp rice, rinsed
3 medium-size tomatoes, peeled, diced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup hot water
Salt

Garnish:
Fresh mint leaves

Saute the onion and peppers with salt and olive oil for 4-5 minutes in a shallow pan at low-medium heat. Add the eggplant, garlic and rice, continue to saute for about 2 more minutes. Cover the vegetables with the tomatoes. Pour the hot water, do not stir! Cover and cook until the rice is soft enough at medium-low heat. Do not open the the lid while it is cooking.

Let it cool down first in the pot. Then, place on a serving platter. Garnish with chopped fresh mint. Serve it at room temperature or chilled.

2 servings.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Milas Meatballs

(Milas Köftesi - Muğla - Aegean Region)

Milas Meatballs
Kofte (meatball) ingredients:
~350 g medium ground beef
1 small onion, grated
Salt
Pepper
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1/3 cup flour, all purpose
1/3 cup sun flower oil, for frying
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1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 medium-size tomato, grated
3/4 cup warm water
Salt
Pepper

Garlic-mint Sauce:
1-2 garlic cloves, mashed with salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp mint

Garnish:
Parsley, chopped

Knead all the kofte ingredients. Make little balls (larger than hazelnuts) and flour them all. Heat the oil and lightly fry. Place on a paper towel to soak the excess oil.

Meanwhile, saute the tomato paste with olive oil in a medium-sized sauce pan. Add the chickpeas, grated tomato, water, salt and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes at low heat. Then, add the koftes, stir. Close and cook for about 15 more minutes.

Mix and add in sauce, stir. Bring to boil, then turn the heat off. Garnish with finely chopped parsley. Serve with Turkish Pilaf on the side.

2 servings.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Green Lentils-Bulgur in Yogurt

(Mercimekli Katma - Mediterranean Region)

Green Lentils-Bulgur in Yogurt
1/4 cup green lentils, soaked in water overnight, rinsed
1/3 cup Turkish bulgur, medium or large grain
1 cup water
Cumin
Salt
Pepper
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1/2 cup yogurt, plain
2-3 fresh mint leaves, chopped
Paprika
Extra virgin olive oil

Place the green lentils, bulgur, water, cumin, salt and pepper in a medium-size pot. Cover and cook at low heat until all the water evaporates. Let it cool down. Cover it with the plain yogurt. Sprinkle some paprika and chopped mint leaves and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over the top.

Serve the dish at room temperature or chilled. It is a great summer dish:)

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Purslane with Pomegranate Syrup

(Pirpirim Ekşisi - South East Anatolia Region)

Purslane with Pomegranate Syrup
Purslane*, washed, drained
1 small cucumber, cut in half-moon slices
1 tomato, peeled, chopped
1 cubanelle pepper, chopped
1 long red sweet pepper, chopped
8-10 slices of white onion

Dressing:
4-5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2-3 tbsp pomegranate syrup/paste or 1 tbsp sumac or lemon juice
1 garlic clove, mashed with salt
Salt
Paprika

Whisk the dressing ingredients and toss with the salad ingredients. Serve immediately.

*Purslane is one of my favorite vegetables and not well known in Canada. The plant has thick, small, round shaped moist leaves. The stems are especially juicy and delicious. It grows like a weed everywhere. I used to have them in my backyard, but they were smaller than they should be. Recently a friend of mine told me that she found something that looks like Purslane at Loblaws and Longo’s in Toronto with the name of Rosettes:) They smell like roses when you chew it:)

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Beef Stew with with Mini Eggplants

(Bütün Patlıcan Yemeği - Urfa - South East Anatolia Region)

Beef Stew with with Mini Eggplants
~400 g beef or veal, cut in cubes
8 small size eggplants ~6 cm long - peel the skin in strips lengthwise without removing the stalks, soak in 2 cups of water with salt for about 15 minutes, dry with paper towel
3/4 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed
1 large tomato, peeled, diced
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
~1 cup hot water
Salt
Pepper
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2 tbsp pomegranate paste or grenadine syrup

Saute the meat with olive oil. Then add the chickpeas, tomato, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Cover and cook for about 20-25 minutes at low-medium heat. If necessary, add more hot water. Then place the eggplants into the pot. Cover and continue to cook for 15-20 more minutes. Turn the heat off. Add the pomegranate paste,
stir.
Let it stand for 5 minutes. Serve it with Pilaf with Orzo and Ayran.

2 servings.

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Friday, August 08, 2014

Zucchini with Eggs

(Yumurtali Kabak Kalye - Aegean Region)

Zucchini with Eggs
2 small zucchinis, cut in medium size
1 small onion, sliced
2 medium tomatoes, peeled, diced
5-6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
Salt
Pepper
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One handful grated mozzarella
Red pepper flakes

Saute the onion with olive oil in a small pan. Then add the zucchinis and tomatoes, continue to saute, stir occasionally. Do not overcook! Then add the eggs, salt and pepper, stir. Sprinkle the cheese and red pepper flakes over the top.

Cover and cook until the eggs are done at low heat. When the eggs are done, turn the heat off. Do not overcook the eggs! Serve immediately.

2 servings.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Roasted Vegetable Kebap with Yogurt

(Közlenmiş Sebzeli Yoğurtlu Kebap)

Roasted Vegetable Kebap with Yogurt
Vegetables:
2 medium-size zucchinis, washed, cut in bite size
2 small Japanese eggplant, cut in bite size
1 red Bell pepper, washed, cut in bite size
2 cubanelle peppers, washed, cut in bite size
14-15 small mushrooms, brushed, cut in 3 or 4s
1 onion, peeled, cut in 8
2-3 garlic cloves, do not peel
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt
Pepper
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Paprika
Mint
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Pide, cut in bite size

Sauces:
Yogurt, room temperature
Canned crushed tomatoes, heated up

Set the oven to broil (grill) and heat it up (or use the barbecue). Arrange all the vegetables on an oven tray. Sprinkle salt and pepper and drizzle extra virgin olive oil all over them, mix. Roast them on the second rack from the top in the oven. Keep checking often enough as some will be roasted earlier. Peel the garlic.

Cut the pides in bite size diagonal shapes and place on the serving plates. Season the grilled vegetables with paprika and mint. Spread them over the pide pieces. Pour the tomato sauce on top and place a few spoons of yogurt on the side.

Serve it as a light lunch. It is a great vegetarian dish:)

Makes 2 servings.

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Anchovies Tava / Fried Anchovies

(Hamsi Tava - Black Sea Region)

Anchovies Tava / Fried Anchovies
Anchovies, gutted & washed with cold water
Salt
Yellow corn meal
1/4 cup liquid oil for frying

Season the fish with salt. Dip the anchovies in the yellow corn meal. Heat up the oil in a large Teflon pan. Fry the each side of the fish for 2 or 3 minutes. Serve with the green salad, radish, Pickled Flat Green Beans, Cornbread, etc.

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Friday, August 01, 2014

Summer Soup with Chickpeas and Yogurt

(Nohutlu-Yoğurtlu Yaz Çorbası)

Summer Soup with Chickpeas and Yogurt
1 cup plain yogurt
1 clove of garlic, mashed with salt
1/2 cup cucumber, grated
1/3 cup canned chickpeas*, rinsed, peeled
Salt

Garnish:
Cumin
Mint
Paprika
Extra virgin olive oil

Mix all the ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Keep it in the fridge.

If you like, add a couple of ice cubes or a little bit of cold water before serving. Drizzle the olive oil and sprinkle some cumin, mint and paprika on the top.

Serve with Tandoori bread on the side. It is a great Turkish cold yogurt soup for hot Summer days.

* To peel the chickpeas; Soak them in hot water for about 5-10 minutes. Then gently rub them with the palm of your hands while they are still in the water.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Artichokes Stuffed with Fresh Fava Beans Puree

(Enginar Çanağında Taze Bakladan Fava)

Artichokes Stuffed with Fresh Fava Beans Puree
4 Artichokes - peeled, cleaned (see Artichokes with Rice in Olive Oil)
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, sliced
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt

Fresh Fava Beans Stuffing:
1 cup fresh fava beans, shelled*
1 small onion, sliced
A little water
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt

Garnish:
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh parsley or fresh dill, chopped

Place the artichokes, onion, olive oil, sugar and salt in a medium shallow pan. Cover and cook until the artichokes are tender at low heat. Do not open the lid. Let them cool down.

Meanwhile, cook the stuffing ingredients in a small pot with the lid at low heat. Let it cool down first. Then pour it into the blender and blend until smooth. Then place artichokes on a serving platter. Place the stuffing using a tea spoon or pastry bag on top of the each artichoke. Drizzle some olive oil and garnish with dill. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

* Peel the beans out of the big pods. Peel the outer shells using a small knife.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Zucchini with Summer Vegetables and Bulgur

(Kabak Aşı - Aegean Region)

Zucchini with Summer Vegetables and Bulgur
1 medium onion, sliced
1 long red sweet red pepper, iscard the seeds, cut in medium size
1 cubanelle pepper, discard the seeds, cut in medium size
2 medium tomatoes, peeled, diced
2 medium zucchinis, peeled, cut in medium size
4-5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 handful medium grain bulgur, rinsed
Salt
Pepper

Garnish:
Fresh mint leaves, chopped

Place all the ingredients in a medium-size pot. Cover and cook at low heat until the vegetables are tender.

Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serve with bread and Cacık and green garlic on the side.

2 servings.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Cucumber-Yogurt Dip

(Salatalık Ezme)

Cucumber-Yogurt Dip
1 cup plain Turkish yogurt
1 cup grated cucumber
2-3 tbsp dill
1-2 mint leaves, julienne cut
1-2 cloves garlic, mashed with salt
Salt

Garnish:
Extra virgin olive oil
Cayenne pepper

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle some cayenne pepper over the top.

Serve with dried yufka or pide or a slice of Turkish rustic bread or rye bread...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mastic Milk Pudding with Labne

(Labneli Sakızlı Muhallebi - Istanbul)

Mastic Milk Pudding with Labne
12 Petit Beurre biscuits (2 biscuits for each bowl)

Mastic Milk Pudding:
1 1/2 cups milk 3%
3/4 cup whipping cream 35%
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
3 tbsp flour, all purpose
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp mastic, roll glass on the mastic to make it powdery (or use mortar)
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1 tsp butter, unsalted
250 g Labne cheese

Garnish:
Hazelnuts, walnuts or pistachio, crumbled
Fresh fruits
Jam or marmalade

Place 2 biscuits at the bottom of each bowl.

To prepare the milk pudding; place all the ingredients except Labne cheese and butter in a medium-size cooking pot. Stir constantly to make it thick enough. Then add the butter, continue to cook for about one more minute while stirring. Remove it from the stove, let it cool down a little bit. Beat Labne cheese at low speed or use a small egg-beater.

Pour into the individual serving bowls. Let it cool down first. Cover and refrigerate. Garnish the muhallebi with nuts or fresh fruits or jam and serve.

6 servings.

*Labne cheese: a soft, cream cheese made from strained yogurt. Labne is easy to make and low in calories, making it the perfect alternative to traditional cream cheese. Labne can be used just as you would normally use cream cheese, as a spread on bagels or a dip for your favorite fruit and vegetables.

Bairam Menu:
-Artichoke Soup, Lamb Pilaf with Morello Cherry, Grape Rolls with Artichokes in Olive Oil, Roasted Eggplant Salad - Antep Style, Börek with Soda Water, Fresh Flat Beans Fritter and Mastic Milk Pudding with Labne with Turkish Coffee on the side.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Lamb Pilaf with Morello Cherries

(Etli Vişneli Pilav - Erzurum)

Lamb Pilaf with Morello Cherries
~250 g lamb, cut in cubes
1 cup hot water (for lamb)
1 small onion, chopped

Pilaf:
3/4 cup long-grain rice, rinsed
1 1/2 cup hot water or chicken stock (for pilaf)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp pine nuts, lightly toasted
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp all spice
1 tsp salt
Pepper
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~200 g fresh Morello Cherries (sour cherries), pitted, cut in half

Cook the lamb cubes with their own juice. Then add 1 cup hot water and onion. Cook at low heat until the lamb cubes are tender and all the water evaporates.

Then add the remaining ingredients into the pot. When you start seeing holes on the surface of the pilaf, add the cherries and stir slowly. Cover and continue to cook until the rice absorbs all the water.

Remove the cooking pot away from the heat. Remove the lid, place a clean kitchen towel on the rim of the pot covering the top and put the lid back on. Let the Pilaf stand for about 5 minutes (we call this the brewing time) before serving.

2 servings.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Roasted Eggplant Salad - Antep Style

(Söğürme - Gaziantep - South East Anatolia)

Roasted Eggplant Salad - Antep Style
1 large eggplant, roasted, peeled, cut in cubes
1 large tomato, peeled, diced
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 cubanelle pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, sliced
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Garnish:
Red pepper flakes
2 tbsp butter

In a pan, saute the onion, tomato and pepper with olive oil for 4-5 minutes while stirring at medium heat. Add the garlic, salt and pepper. When the garlic gets a little softer, stir in the roasted eggplant. Continue to saute for about 5 more minutes. Turn the heat off. Sprinkle some red pepper flakes. Heat the butter up and pour all over it and serve with the pide.

Roasted Eggplant:
Before putting in the oven, make holes on the eggplant with a fork so that it will soften and cook better. Place it on an oven tray and roast for about 35 minutes on broil. Then peel it and cut into cubes.

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