Archive for the ‘Turkish’ Category

Feta and Parsley Rolled Pastry (Cigarette Borek)

January 10th, 2014 | Breakfast, Mediterranean, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Sigara boregi is a Turkish cigarette- shaped pastry made with feta cheese and phyllo dough. This savory pastry is perfect with coffee, but can be eaten as an appetizer or side dish. I like to eat them for breakfast. These are seriously addicting. If you can find fresh or packaged Yufka, that’s the way to […]

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Pine Nut Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

August 23rd, 2011 | Mediterranean, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Mediterranean cultures are full of stuffed foods. Whether it be tomatoes, eggplants, bread, or grape leaves! With the abundance of grapevines in the warm climate, fresh grape leaves are way easier to find than in the U.S. However, pickled grape leaves can be easily found in major supermarkets and Middle Eastern markets. Turkish cuisine has […]

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Turkish Baklava

July 26th, 2011 | Cookies, Desserts, Pastry, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | 2 Comments

I miss Istanbul. I miss the crazy bus drivers, the open bazaars, and the amazing street food. I miss the sweets- Turkish delight, and authentic baklava. Then again, sometimes you have to improvise. Turkish baklava is traditionally made with pistachios. That can get expensive, so a mix of almonds, cashews or walnuts are also delicious. […]

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Istanbul, Turkey in Food Photography

July 11th, 2011 | Life, Photoshoot, Turkish | Christi | 1 Comment

Above (left to right, top to bottom): Spices at the local bazaar, lamacun and cigkofte at the local “fast food” joint. Turkish bread (Ekmek) baked fresh every morning. Sour green plums and blackberries picked fresh from the neighborhood fruit trees (sweet, fresh and organic!). Chewy Turkish ice cream (dondurma) stand, and locals enjoying breakfast at […]

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Acma (Rich Turkish Rolls)

May 10th, 2011 | Bread, Breakfast, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | 1 Comment

As much as Asian countries’ cuisine is based on rice products, food culture in Turkey is largely based on bread. So much so that without bread, according to my dear hubby, a family meal cannot commence. Rather than eat bread-less, a member of the family will be sent immediately to procure some. In fact, most […]

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Mediterranean Flatbread

February 2nd, 2011 | Bread, Mediterranean, Quick, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | 8 Comments

This recipe is one I have almost memorized. I make it when I want a quick flatbread and it also makes a killer pizza dough. It only has a half-hour rise and a short one as the oven heats up, which is pretty unheard of for a yeast bread. Convinced yet? It also tastes like […]

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Simit (Turkish Sesame Bagel)

December 31st, 2010 | Bread, Breakfast, Mediterranean, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | 10 Comments

In case you’re new here, you should know a few things. 1. I married a Turkish man. 2. I call him Bear, Mister Bear, or Gorilla, depending on the occasion. You may hear me talk of him a lot. He’s the main victim, er, happy recipient of my culinary explorations. Much of the time, he […]

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Turkish Semolina Cake in Syrup (Revani)

November 12th, 2010 | Desserts, Pastry, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | 11 Comments

One of the hardest things for me when making unfamiliar food is that there is absolutely no way to tell if it turned out correctly. Is that really supposed to be that …lumpy? …spicy? ….gooey? This phenomenon tends to occur most frequently when cooking Turkish items. Sometimes its a hit. Sometimes a miss. And sometimes […]

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Turkish Feta Parsley Buns (Pogca)

October 30th, 2010 | Bread, Breakfast, Mediterranean, Pastry, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | 11 Comments

There’s a lot of compromise involved in life, particularly in relationships. Having married a Turkish man-bear who is completely different from me in culture, religion, and ethnicity, clashing is a daily affair in our home. When it comes to mealtime, the fluctuations are particularly amusing. One evening we may have kimchi stew with Korean sidedishes […]

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Turkish Pide Bread

May 18th, 2010 | Bread, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | 7 Comments

Hold on a sec. Where is it? Hello? Where did it go? Crap, did I lose it?

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