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Guacamole: A Mexican Classic

Guacamole (or Guac as we call it sometimes) is a dip made out of avocados and chillies. It is an absolute Mexican classic which is creamy, zingy and quite kicky. However, the last one is up to you. We like it hot but not mind (or bum) numbingly hot. Recipe Notes for Guacamole: A Mexican… Continue reading Guacamole: A Mexican Classic

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Finger Food: Toothpick Appetizers

I make these toothpick appetizers every time I have a party and add them to the rest of the finger food I serve. They really add a kind of freshness to the rest of the party food items. Recipe Notes on Bambini Bocconcini It took me ages to find a good quality baby bocconcini for… Continue reading Finger Food: Toothpick Appetizers

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Carrot and Yoghurt Meze or Yoğurtlu Havuç Ezme

I remember having an incredibly primitive recipe notebook many years ago. I used to scribble down every new recipe in it along with my regulars that I made at the time. At the time, I used to talk to our neighbours, my Mum’s friends and even the ladies at our local fresh produce market for… Continue reading Carrot and Yoghurt Meze or Yoğurtlu Havuç Ezme

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Çılbır or Turkish Poached Eggs with Garlic Yoghurt and Burnt Butter Dressing

Turkish Poached Eggs with Garlic Yoghurt and Burnt Butter Dressing or Çılbır Traditionally, Çılbır (pronounced “chilber”) is a starter. It is the harmony of simple ingredients like poached eggs, garlic yoghurt, butter, ground sweet paprika and dried mint. My husband thinks the garlic yoghurt in Çılbır takes away the heaviness of egg yolks. For me,… Continue reading Çılbır or Turkish Poached Eggs with Garlic Yoghurt and Burnt Butter Dressing

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Haydari (Turkish Yoghurt Dip)

Haydari is a Turkish yoghurt meze. Herbed and spiced yoghurt, so to speak. There is another variety of it which uses both yoghurt and feta cheese. The recipe below uses yoghurt only. But, I know how to make cheesy one, too. So, I will publish that one as well as soon as I have the… Continue reading Haydari (Turkish Yoghurt Dip)

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Deviled Eggs with Avocado

Deviled Eggs with Avocado Deviled eggs are simple yet elegant starters and can be added to any type of appetizer platter without much trouble. They just play well with the other kids. They are also easy to make. Especially, if you boil and refrigerate the eggs overnight. The classic deviled egg recipe uses the actual… Continue reading Deviled Eggs with Avocado

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A Middle Eastern Classic: Babaganoush

A Middle Eastern Classic: Babaganoush Babaganoush is a Middle Eastern classic and it is one of those mezes I learnt from a neighbour back in Turkey. Thank you Asiye Teyze! Babaganoush showcases smoking eggplant (aubergine) over flame and this is where that distinctive smoky flavour is coming from. However, you could do the same thing… Continue reading A Middle Eastern Classic: Babaganoush

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Easy Eggplant (Aubergine) Dip or Patlıcan Ezme

Easy Eggplant (Aubergine) Dip or Patlıcan Ezme Many of us don’t have the luxury and convenience of having gas cooking facility in our kitchens. And that on its own, makes things a little complicated because if you don’t have gas then you don’t have total heat control which is really important in cooking. I mean,… Continue reading Easy Eggplant (Aubergine) Dip or Patlıcan Ezme

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Stuffed Eggs with Green Olives and Tartare Sauce

Here’s another dinner party favourite. I make these Stuffed Eggs with Green Olive and Tartare Sauce as a starter and they go well with the rest of my meze platters. Stuffed Eggs with Green Olives and Tartare Sauce Ingredients: 4 large eggs, hard-boiled 8 pitted green olives, chopped 2 tablespoon tartare sauce ½ teaspoon ground… Continue reading Stuffed Eggs with Green Olives and Tartare Sauce

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Cucumber Cups with Cream Cheese and Fresh Dill

  Cucumber Cups with Cream Cheese and Fresh Dill These cucumber cups make excellent appetizer/starter especially during hot summer evenings. Ingredients: 1 telegraph cucumber 80 gram cream cheese 2 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped 4 cherry tomatoes, halved ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper Method: • Cut the cucumber into 8 pieces, carve out the softer part… Continue reading Cucumber Cups with Cream Cheese and Fresh Dill