Food and Culture

Offal, that mighty meat!

Offal, that mighty meat! History reveals itself, it is said the offal was served to Gods… It was believed that it gave power to men giving them a strong will to fight and make their nations stronger…Once it was called the food of the poor… That same offal was also…

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…

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…

Rakı ve Peynir Aşkına!

Meslekte çok tadıma katıldım, sudan peynire, zeytinden kahveye, şaraptan ekmeğe daha da neler neler, ama geçen geceki eşleşme başka bir yer etti aklımda, damağımda. Rakı ve peynirden bahsediyorum ve sadece beyaz peynirden değil. 7 rakı ve 8 peynir eşleşmesi bekliyordu bizi IWSA‘da. Bir klasik olan Ezine ile Yeni Rakı, Toros…

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,…