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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…

A survival guide to
gluten-free eating in Istanbul!

I know I know… Gluten-free eating in Turkey may sound challenging, I admit. If it is not the dishes themselves makes you take the challenge, it is the slaphappy, carefree, lovely waiters, the know it all restaurants and nothing can happen form this kind of attitude bearers. Yes, you need to…

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Musa Dağdeviren
the food pioneer on Chef’s Table

As I watch Musa on the screen, chopping meat with zırh to make kebab, I felt so proud. Proud, as it was me who is on Netflix, The Chefs Table Season 5. I felt the belonging down to my bones, the culture, the identity of my country’s cuisine being celebrated…

Meze – A way of life

As the waiter approaches with the biggest tray full of small plates filled with delicious meze possible, a sheer excitement starts at the table. It almost requires a doctrine to be able to choose a balanced selection of mezze to accompany your preferred drink, in this case, rakı… Derived from…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…