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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…

Spring Kebabs

In Gaziantep fruits are a big part of the cooking. Kebabs get their share as well, not to mention they change seasonally. Keme mantarı –desert truffles- announces the coming of spring, then yenidünya kebabı -loquat/medlar- follows, last for spring is sarımsak kebabı – the whole bulb of garlic-. Keme mantarı after being…

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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Food Photo – Kadayıf

…making of kadayıf… The thin dough poured over the hot copper plate by a custom made device with thin holes under it,while the plate is turned and when the dough just about to cook, he slows down the plate by hand and collects the cooked thin kadayıf dough by hand….

Affan Kahvesi – Antakya

Hidden and lost. Forgotten. Peaceful and relaxing. Old floor tiles tell so much. Tranquility covers the place. All over again. We passed a lot of our time here, either chatting with the lovely owner Züveyr Abi or his sincere and cheerful son Onur,  or sipping coffee, or doing nothing, well,…

Lüfer …

As Istanbul Food, it is our responsibility, our commitment to participate in this just war to stop the extinction of the Bosphorus fish Lüfer, our lüfer, the fish of the kings, the king of the fish! Lüfer is not just a fish to us, it is a moral value, a…

Kantin – Istanbul

Let’s see… A couple of stairs, enter through the glass door, greeted by smiling faces, crowd is eating happily, yes again full, should I wait for a table at the terrace or anywhere, let’s see what is on the big board today… White table clothes and fresh flowers meet the…

Breakfast …

Unlike many European countries in Turkey salty dishes are preferred as the first bites of the day. Cheese is the one main ingredients of breakfast tables along with olives, tomato, cucumber, honey or marmalade or jam, butter, bread and tea. Since Turkey has been affected by the demanding life conditions,…

Çayırcı – Antakya

Antakya is a heaven of tastes and if you are a local and have a food hunch like me, it even tastes better! Çayırcı Bakla and hummus is one of the many to taste. You have to go there in the morning and forget about the lunch you are planning,…

Food Photo – Ikliçe

Ikliçe, Mardin Çöreği, from Mardin, where half of roots are from. The smell takes you in, so smooth, sweet, so welcoming. The taste is like anything you have tasted before, coming from the milk and the spices used like mahaleb, fennel, clove and şahfe. This Mardin bread, baked at the…

Şişçi Ramazan’ın Yeri – Antalya

One of the best, yet local tastes of Antalya. Famous for its şiş köfte and piyaz. The şiş köfte is made from lamb and goat meat, giving you a smooth texture as well as a distinct flavor of goat. Since I love them both, it is a feast for me….