La Cave; Food Heroes,
whoever we have left

I wonder why we are loosing or lost already our connection with genuine things… Why are we settling for the colorless… What is the derivative here, just time? Or did we loose the sense of the value? When did the world took this irreversible step? Since you have been reading…

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…

Making Kars Gravyeri at Boğatepe Köyü

Have  you travelled to East of Turkey? Do you know that particular blue that hangs above you? How crispy the mornings are… How bright the sun shines… How green the meadows and plateau that all surround you… Endless visibility…. I love every inch of my country! At Kars we were…


Food Photo – Spring Onions

chop a bunch spring onions – parsley – mint –  home made thick red pepper paste – red pepper flakes –  pomegranate molasses – salt – a squeeze of half lemon – a little water – spoon it!

Curry 36 – Berlin

Order two. When you see the queue in front you will agree with me. Simple, delicious, tasty food. The wurst, pork sausage comes with or without skin, I had both and loved the one with skin better. The currywurst is moist, scrumptious, sprinkled with curry and topped with a thick…

Food Photo – Beetroot

garlic – beetroot – marjoram – parsley stems – a glug of extra virgin olive oil – coarse salt and pepper – balsamic vinegar – a chili to spice it up – in parchment paper – in the oven

Food Photo – Artichoke

brought from Milano – steamed a little – then sauteed in olive oil and caper berries – finished with Padano shreds – accompanied with prosciutto crudo.

Food Photo – Chicken Legs

an organic chicken – a good knife – skills – crushed cummin seeds, fenugreek, mustard, fennel, kalonji – to be seared in a cast iron pan – to be finished in the oven.

Sorry, but no: Ikbal – Istanbul

What happened to the Ikbal which we used to go and eat döner sandwiches even early in the morning? Well, sustainability is a monster for some. The big split is so appealing, all layer of meat on top of each other, you expect a flavour but the meat has no…

Sorry, but no: Dükkan Burger – Istanbul

I seriously did not understand what the fuss is about. Always packed, most of the people around me like to talk about this place. They sell only burger and potato fries. So I expected the burger to be a killer one. And it was not! Not in any of its…

Şahin Lokantası – Istanbul

Walking down the Orhan Adli Apaydın Sokak, if you see a crowd of suits and white collars, people gathered, waiting hungrily or smoking happily then you are in front of Şahin Lokantası. Serving since 1967, Ismail Şahin, known as Şahin Usta or Baba, holding his business together, cooking, talking to…

Sorry, but no: Otto Santral – Istanbul

A very trendy place. This could not mask the bad service and bad food. Supposedly 3 mushroom pizza being served with tinned one type mushroom, cold coffee, stale, almost perished piece of cheesecake, topped  with a berry coulis, which could not rescue it. Inattentive, rude service staff. I did not…