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Turkish Cucumber Salad with Dill and Crumbly Vegan Cheese

This is such a fresh, clean-tasted salad and is easy to make too! There is something about this harmony between cucumber and dill. Also Cheezly mature cheddar cheese works really well in this salad; I can’t even think of a better substitution than that. Ingredients: 3 Lebanese cucumber A disk of Cheezly Mature White Cheddar… Continue reading Turkish Cucumber Salad with Dill and Crumbly Vegan Cheese

All Recipes · Vegetable Dishes

Mediterranean Style Deep-Fried Cauliflower and Potatoes with Sweet and Sour Dressing

This is a recipe from Southern Turkey  which is actually Mediterranean part of the country. It is simple yet delicious. There were some ratio problems with the original recipe so I had to tweak it. I also substituted Turkish pepper paste with  sweet chili sauce which is easier to get from Western stores. Although the… Continue reading Mediterranean Style Deep-Fried Cauliflower and Potatoes with Sweet and Sour Dressing

All Recipes · Soups

Chick-less Chicken Soup with Celery, Baby Peas, Corn and Dill

This is one of those recipes that just happen. I was hungry and it was cold so I needed a soup and I needed it fast. I was also in the mood for a chicken soup substitute. The kind that your mother makes for you when you are sick although I was feeling fine. Anyway,… Continue reading Chick-less Chicken Soup with Celery, Baby Peas, Corn and Dill

All Recipes · Salads · Turkish

Potato and Broad Bean (Fava Bean) Salad with Dill and Spring Onions (shallots)

It’s amazing how many boiled and grated potato salads there are in Turkish cuisine. Some of them are quite boring in my opinion but they may be interesting for someone who has not been exposed to this type of cuisine. Still, those boring ones are the basis of not-so-boring ones. If used creatively, as in… Continue reading Potato and Broad Bean (Fava Bean) Salad with Dill and Spring Onions (shallots)

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Vegan Haydari – Turkish Yoghurt Dip

Another “veganised” mezze from Turkish cuisine. The original is made from thick, strained yoghurt. I substituted the yoghurt with Tofutti Sour Supreme and lemon juice in this recipe although the original recipe does not call for any lemon juice. Not quite the same but very close. Serving Suggestion: Serve Vegan Haydari with Fry’s Vegetarian Chicken-Style… Continue reading Vegan Haydari – Turkish Yoghurt Dip

Restaurant Reviews

Bodhi Restaurant and Bar

We have been going to Bodhi probably since I moved to Australia. You may have noticed that there are mixed reviews about Bodhi on the internet. However, I think the service is improving at Bodhi these days. We have never had dinner at Bodhi so I will keep my review about lunch and yum cha… Continue reading Bodhi Restaurant and Bar

All Recipes · Side Dishes

Pan-Fried Mushrooms with Potatoes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This side dish that I am sharing with you today has been one of my favourites of all time. I remember making it a lot when I first got to Australia. I used to use straight forward, plain semi sun-dried tomatoes then I discovered a smoked variety at Coles. The moment I discovered them and… Continue reading Pan-Fried Mushrooms with Potatoes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

All Recipes · Main Dishes

Chickless Chicken Pasties

The second pastry-like thing I made since we got a new oven. This model doesn’t have the separate grill in another compartment which makes borek/pastry baking easy. Serve these pasties with fresh salad. They make great lunches as well. Ingredients: 2 sheets vegan puff pastry, frozen 1/3 pack Fry’s chicken-style strips, thawed and cut into… Continue reading Chickless Chicken Pasties

All Recipes · Turkish

İç Pilav – Pilaf with Pine Nuts and Dried Currants

A wonderful pilaf from Ottoman cuisine although I must warn you; the original has liver in it and the rice which is used in iç pilav is always white rice. The good news is some people make it without the liver. Unlike those people, I have never made it before but have a few recipes… Continue reading İç Pilav – Pilaf with Pine Nuts and Dried Currants

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Mushroom and Corn with Cilantro (Khumb makki hara dhania)

As promised, Mushroom and Corn with Cilantro (Coriander) or Khumb makki hara dhania is the dish that Dad cooked for us during his visit to Sydney from Ajoy Joshi and Jay Purser’s book; Indian Home Cooking. Happy Birthday Dad 🙂 Ingredients: 2 ears (cobs) of corn 2 tsp vegan margarine 3 tbsp vegetable oil ½… Continue reading Mushroom and Corn with Cilantro (Khumb makki hara dhania)