Food and Culture

My neighbourhood hero – winter version

The good cooks/housewives/chefs/food enthusiasts… you name, all have one thing in common, they/we have our pumpkin/artichoke sellers in our neighbourhoods. We trust them, we wait for them while they are on vacation, do not betray them with other sellers.  We know their locations, their schedules, where they are from, what…

A world around hamsi

Hamsi may not be the king of fishes or the fish king itself for most of us, but Karadenizliler  -locals of Black Sea region- have an emotional attachment to hamsi. It is more than a fish, but a life culture there. Even when you ask a Karadenizli about another fish,…

Istanbul Food Reads: Sherbet & Spice

I know you always wonder what Lokum is, where it is coming from, how it is made… How about Akide, and what is that orange pudding you see continuously at displays, at restaurants in Turkey, those colorful fruit preserves at breakfast, helva and wonder… I have a remedy called Sherbet & Spice! A small bubble…

Last Supper at Kantin!

I have been waiting for that phone call. Reserved our seats before knowing the menu, date, of course it did not matter. My only concern was to be there, to have a seat, to dine, to enjoy. And then Uğur called, telling me sweet things like menu, date, timing… I…

Turşu! Pickles…

In Turkey we love eating pickled vegetables especially during winter time. With grilled fish, bulgur pilaf, soup, bean or chickpeas stew, as well as any other hearty meal, giving them a little zest. Most of the households love making their own pickles, everyone have their not-to-share recipes, at the end…

Morning soup for you!

Don’t know what you think of the phrase ‘köy kahvaltısı‘ village breakfast, I think it is just a perfect marketing tool or a scam, if I may, and I do not buy that. At villages, in Anatolia, locals simply eat what they produce, depending on the season. Also it is…

Eat much? Us bloggers…

For months we have been talking with Hande and Katie, for this meeting… This is what happened today, lunch hour, Kantin- İstanbul. Lunch took around 4 hours and several dishes, the menu especially designed for us by Şemsa, So the endless feast began! Us being: Nicky and Oliver of deliciousdays, Hande…

Bonito!

Kadıköy Balık Pazarı is looking vivid and colorful, with the fish mongers yelling their guts out, they sure do like showing off with their fish! As the weather starts getting cold, the fish gets better and better, their meat fatty and firm. So it is  time for a grilled/pan fried bonito…

Tırnaklı Ekmek, aka tırnaklı pide

Where would mankind be without wheat! A freshly baked bread’s small is more stimulant then many other things, as if challenging the world of flavors… Tırnaklı ekmek in Anadolu, getting social and named tırnaklı pide in big bad Istanbul, is for me one of the delicious forms of bread. This kind of…