Turkish Food

Yogurt, the delicious fermentation

Yogurt is yogurt, for us. Not a big fuss, one of the essential ingredients of every household. We love yogurt, not a secret. On the lands of Anatolia, people know how to make yogurt instinctively, sensing how long milk should boil and measuring the temperature of milk, with tip of…

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,…

Şile Earth Market

To the market, to the market I said, ready in front of the door with my hundred and two shopping bags, sneakers on, lots of small banknotes to make our lives easier at the market. With our Stanley full of cold coffee and ice, my enamel tumblers, E.S.T., The Bad Plus,…

Adana and Kebab

Adana partly Mediterranean, highly Arab influenced, the city of industry, kebab and great people. On my recent trip to the city, after many years, we had great kebab, walked all around the town and spent time with the locals, and eat more. Two cities within one. One part is the old town…

Huzur, Uyghur Cuisine in Istanbul

Crowded and loud, the shop keepers chatting in front of their stores, cars honking. One left, one right, I was in a silent and small street, the street I was looking for, Asım Bey Sokağı. Soon big letters on the window read Huzur, literally meaning tranquility, I was there. Greeted…

Asım Usta’s döner as the best
fast feast of Europe!

On the phone with Asım Usta -to me-: Where have you been?!! The nature of our conversations, meetings have always been the same, the same kindness, sincerity, friendship coming from years and years of me being their loyal customer, and supporter of one of the true artisans of Istanbul and…

Mantı as a second lunch in Urla

While we were at the Aegean coast, Sibel and Filiz planned a trip to Urla, Filiz being a local since she moved there so I left myself, my senses, my appetite in her hands, feeling lucky I have friends like them. We arrived Iskele, Urla at mid morning, after our fulfilling katmer…