Food and Culture

Stuffed Artichoke
aka Enginar Dolma

We like to stuff every vegetable in Turkey. So we stuff artichokes too, that is not so bizarre after all. With or without lamb meat would be your choice, but my choice would be with a lot of herbs and little bit of bulgur. All winter long I wait patiently,…

Istanbul, right now…

Really, what is happening with all the terrorist attacks, with the turmoil in politics, a failed coup attempt, subdued economic depression, urban transformations and all the negative things going on around in Istanbul and in Turkey? That is what you have been reading and hearing about my city anyway. But…

Amazon Kraliçeleri –
Bir kadını eğitince…

Arkadan yürüyüşü seyrettim, omuzları öyle dik, adımları öyle sağlam ki… Acayip bir kadın Ebru Baybara Demir, sert mizaçlı, büyük kalpli, sarılınca seni bırakmayan, küçük dev kadın. Yengesinin mutfağında 17 sene önce misafir ağırlamaktan başlayan bir hikaye. Mardin’e gelen turist gruplarına yemek yedirecek yer bulamayınca, evinde kadınların onları konuk etmesinden, Cerciş…

Anatolia, Adventures in Turkish Cooking

The book opens up with a baklava spread page, different cuts, golden crust, I could almost hear their crispiness in my ear, sweetness in my mouth. As we say in Turkey, tatlı yiyelim, tatlı konuşalım, let’s eat sweet, talk sweet. I missed Gaziantep… Somer Sivrioğlu, besides being a dear friend,…

Erasing the history

Is it just the beginning, is it gonna get worse? The law is clear as crystal, it was put into action on July 2014, giving the power to landlords to evacuate their tenants after 10 years of residence without any negotiation, erasing the history. A cutthroat law paving the way to…

Turkish Coffee enters UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List

He was excited, Özgür, he has been my partner in coffee crime for more than 15 years, ‘I have some great news for you, about Turkish coffee…’ He has been working at/with Turkish Coffee Culture and Research Association (TCCRA) from the day it was founded, witnessing Turkish coffee getting back its…

Faces of Turkey by The Perennial Plate!

It was a very hot summer day in Istanbul… Me, Daniel and Mirra of The Perennial Plate strolled all day long…  I took them to my favorite places, introduced them to my favorite people… We ate, we talked, had a good time and they shot their video… I was happy…