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Turkish Chickpea and Green Lentil Soup with Erişte or Nohutlu Erişteli Yeşil Mercimek Çorbası

After having quite a few sunny days for quite some time, winter in Sydney has made an unexpected fast entry. The temperature has gone down significantly within a few days. When it gets that cold, I crave for warming and nourishing soups. Well, yesterday was the day that I made myself Turkish Chickpea and Green Lentil… Continue reading Turkish Chickpea and Green Lentil Soup with Erişte or Nohutlu Erişteli Yeşil Mercimek Çorbası

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Recipe: Classic Çoban Salata or Shepherd’s Salad

I was thinking the other day… I actually don’t have a recipe for this absolute classic salad which is one of the most popular in Turkey. Çoban Salata, that is—or Shepherd’s Salad in English. I have a regional version of it somewhere on VegFusion with a terrible photo but not the actual, the most classical… Continue reading Recipe: Classic Çoban Salata or Shepherd’s Salad

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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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Spinach with Eggs or Yumurtalı Ispanak

I have recently introduced my husband to this fantastic Turkish dish called Yumurtalı Ispanak (Spinach with Eggs). Now he keeps asking for it. Yes, I know; I created this monster. Anyway, this is a good example of Turkish comfort food and I sometimes crave it myself too. The day I made the decision to make… Continue reading Spinach with Eggs or Yumurtalı Ispanak

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Turkish Stuffed Zucchini or Kabak Dolması

Turkish Stuffed Zucchini or Kabak Dolması I order our fruits and vegetables –along with some other pantry items –through Harris Farm to be delivered to my door every week. They now have this “imperfect picks” option. Basically, your usual fruits and vegetables that don’t look good on the outside. The ugly guys, so to speak.… Continue reading Turkish Stuffed Zucchini or Kabak Dolması

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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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Spicy Bean Dip, VegFusion Style

Summer is nearly here in Sydney. The days are quite pleasant at the moment; I even managed to spend some time outside during NaNoWriMo, writing my first draft at our front yard with my dog sitting beside me and doing his neighbourhood watch thing. When the weather is better I crave for dips and lighter,… Continue reading Spicy Bean Dip, VegFusion Style

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Purslane Salad with Yoghurt or Yoğurtlu Semizotu Salatası

There are many Turkish ingredients I can easily get in Sydney but it means a long trip to a distant suburb called Auburn. Because of that, my husband and I don’t go there very often but when we do, we stock up well –sometimes way beyond our storage capacity. Mostly pantry items though as they… Continue reading Purslane Salad with Yoghurt or Yoğurtlu Semizotu Salatası

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Green Lentils and Noodle Soup or Bacaklı Çorba

Coming back from 5 week Europe holiday including Turkey, I decided to cook something Turkish. Since the weather here in Australia is cold at this time of the year, I thought a soup would be the best. This was one of my Dad’s favourite soups growing up in Northern part of Turkey where the cuisine… Continue reading Green Lentils and Noodle Soup or Bacaklı Çorba