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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 a little bit of bulgur. All winter long I wait…

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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A world around hamsi

Hamsi may not be the king of fishes or the fish king itself for most of us, but Karadenizliler  -locals of Black Sea region- have an emotional attachment to hamsi. It is more than a fish, but a life culture there. Even when you ask a Karadenizli about another fish,…

Istanbul Food Reads: Sherbet & Spice

I know you always wonder what Lokum is, where it is coming from, how it is made… How about Akide, and what is that orange pudding you see continuously at displays, at restaurants in Turkey, those colorful fruit preserves at breakfast, helva and wonder… I have a remedy called Sherbet & Spice! A small bubble…

Last Supper at Kantin!

I have been waiting for that phone call. Reserved our seats before knowing the menu, date, of course it did not matter. My only concern was to be there, to have a seat, to dine, to enjoy. And then Uğur called, telling me sweet things like menu, date, timing… I…

A different year, 2012

Well, it was… good, bad, silent, loud, yet always hungry for more, I can’t say I will miss this year. Actually, I am glad it is over, but it left some good remarks as well. * My first book as a photographer was out from YKY. Güneşin ve Ateşin Tadı Gaziantep…

Turşu! Pickles…

In Turkey we love eating pickled vegetables especially during winter time. With grilled fish, bulgur pilaf, soup, bean or chickpeas stew, as well as any other hearty meal, giving them a little zest. Most of the households love making their own pickles, everyone have their not-to-share recipes, at the end…

Morning soup for you!

Don’t know what you think of the phrase ‘köy kahvaltısı‘ village breakfast, I think it is just a perfect marketing tool or a scam, if I may, and I do not buy that. At villages, in Anatolia, locals simply eat what they produce, depending on the season. Also it is…

Eat much? Us bloggers…

For months we have been talking with Hande and Katie, for this meeting… This is what happened today, lunch hour, Kantin- İstanbul. Lunch took around 4 hours and several dishes, the menu especially designed for us by Şemsa, So the endless feast began! Us being: Nicky and Oliver of deliciousdays, Hande…

Bonito!

Kadıköy Balık Pazarı is looking vivid and colorful, with the fish mongers yelling their guts out, they sure do like showing off with their fish! As the weather starts getting cold, the fish gets better and better, their meat fatty and firm. So it is  time for a grilled/pan fried bonito…

Tırnaklı Ekmek, aka tırnaklı pide

Where would mankind be without wheat! A freshly baked bread’s small is more stimulant then many other things, as if challenging the world of flavors… Tırnaklı ekmek in Anadolu, getting social and named tırnaklı pide in big bad Istanbul, is for me one of the delicious forms of bread. This kind of…

Fıstık harvest on the way to Urfa

I can hear you saying pistachio belongs to Gaziantep… You are right, but you know food is geographical more than belonging within a city’s border. You may hear Gaziantep locals complaining about Urfalılar, claiming themselves as fıstık growers, sellers and exporters… Me, I had the chance to walk around the…