All Recipes

Marinated Olives, The Family Tree Restaurant Style

This easy recipe is all about mixing olives with dried herbs, chilli flakes, olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice. In two hours, it is ready. The recipe came from the chef of Family Tree Restaurant, Turgutreis. Ingredients: 100 gram Kalamata olives, drained 2 tbsp virgin olive oil 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tbsp freshly… Continue reading Marinated Olives, The Family Tree Restaurant Style

All Recipes · Salads

Vegan Wild Rocket Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Avocado

In case, you haven’t noticed, I love my salads. I could literally live on salads for as long as they are up to my standards. The recipe below was my lunch on the day I received our fresh produce for the week –I get them delivered. Ingredients: 2 handfuls wild rocket 6 cherry tomatoes 1… Continue reading Vegan Wild Rocket Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Avocado

All Recipes · Main Dishes

Vegan Lemon Chicken Casserole

First attempt. And it turned out to be great. The vegan pieces soak up the marinade so well, they taste almost like they are drenched with lemon juice. Serve this Vegan Lemon Chicken Casserole with Sister of My Heart or with garden salad or perhaps with rice. Ingredients: 1 pack The Redwood Vegideli Gourmet Meat… Continue reading Vegan Lemon Chicken Casserole

All Recipes · Main Dishes

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie, Mum approved

I used to own a restaurant in Turkey where we did English food –including the real Shepherd’s Pie- so far away from the Motherland, England. Well, the recipe below is vegan and it is my Australian version of the one I used to make back in Turkey during my early vegetarian days. I made this… Continue reading Vegan Shepherd’s Pie, Mum approved

Restaurant Reviews

Hectors, Vegan Fine Dining in Auckland

Hectors is the hotel restaurant of the Heritage Hotel in Auckland. We chose Hectors because they had 4 vegan starters and 4 vegan mains on their menu at the time –even some of their desserts are vegan- which is quite rare for a fine dining restaurant. And, to be honest, this was exactly what I… Continue reading Hectors, Vegan Fine Dining in Auckland

All Recipes · Soups

Potato and Mung Bean Soup

I came up with a recipe for this soup long time ago when I was first introduced to mung beans –like 12 years ago. But I didn’t write the recipe down anywhere. At least I thought I didn’t. So, every time I made it, I had to rediscover everything. While I was tidying up my… Continue reading Potato and Mung Bean Soup

All Recipes · Indian · Vegetable Dishes

Stir-Fried Okra with Onion and Spices

This was a side dish to all the other Indian dishes we had two days ago. Because, I already posted some of the other recipes before I thought this one, too, deserves the same fame as the others. Ingredients: 300 gr okra 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 tsp ground cumin 1… Continue reading Stir-Fried Okra with Onion and Spices

All Recipes · Vegetable Dishes

Vegan Baby Beans with Carrot and Onion

Serve Vegan Baby Beans with Carrot and Onion with rice or bulgur pilaf. Ingredients: 2 cups frozen baby beans 1 small carrot (diced or sliced) 1 small onion (chopped) 2 large tomatoes (peeled and chopped) 1 tbsp tomato paste (plain variety) Chopped flat leaf parsley 1 tsp sweet paprika Salt and pepper Method: • Mix… Continue reading Vegan Baby Beans with Carrot and Onion

All Recipes · Soups · Turkish

Vegan Tomato Soup

There is nothing more comforting than a cup of hot soup in the winter. I noticed that I had a few tomatoes in my fridge that needed to be used up so I made this fresh tomato soup for lunch. If you choose your bread carefully, the soup is gluten-free. Ingredients: 2 tbsp vegetable oil… Continue reading Vegan Tomato Soup

All Recipes · Main Dishes · Turkish

Vegan Cannellini Bean Stew

This stew is easy to make and it tastes even better the next day. Serving suggestions: pilaf with raw onion or green salad. Ingredients: 1 tin Woolworths Select Cannellini Beans ½ tin Sanitarium Casserole Mince 1 small brown onion 1 clove garlic (crushed) 1 tbsp concentrated tomato paste 1 tbsp vegetable oil Chopped flat leaf… Continue reading Vegan Cannellini Bean Stew