Recipe: Chickpeas with winter vegetables and saffron

This Turkish recipe is a wintry version of turlu turlu, a version of ratatouille with chickpeas. Ingredients Method The original recipe uses aubergines, courgettes and peppers instead of root vegetables. Recipe courtesy of Delicious Magazine.

Recipe: Hummus –  the quintessential Middle Eastern dip

Hummus is an Eastern Mediterranean dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic that makes a wonderful snack or appetizer. Ingredients 400g drained well-cooked or canned chickpeas (drain and thoroughly rinse canned chickpeas). 1 tbsp tahini (sesame) paste 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1/4 cup olive oil […]

Recipe: Çılbır – Turkish poached eggs

There are records of çılbır being eaten by Ottoman sultans as far back as the 15th century… Çılbır, pronounced “chulburr” is a Turkish dish of poached eggs with yogurt.  For those who are hesitant at the thought, çılbır is a revelation and a complete sensation, a dish that shouldn’t be judged until tried. Try this […]

Recipe: Potato Salad (Patates Salatası)

A light and delicious potato salad – Turkish style… There’s a place on the table for potatoes at any time of the year. During the summer, potato salad makes a great addition to a meze table. The Turkish version is healthy, tasty and full of Mediterranean flavours. Potato Salad (Patates Salatası) Serves 4-6 Ingredients 500g […]

Recipe: Smoked Aubergine Puree (Baba Ghanoush)

The ultimate aubergine recipe… This delicious smoky dip is the ultimate aubergine recipe and a classic part of any meze selection. The principal ingredients are aubergines, garlic, lemon juice, tahini and olive oil. Scooped up with warm flatbread, this is perfect outdoor or picnic food. Smoked Aubergine Puree (Baba Ghanoush) Ingredients 3 large aubergines 2 […]

Beet & Carrot Slaw with Garlicky Labneh

This sweet, tart and creamy jewel-toned slaw is filled with freshly shredded beets and carrots and tangy labneh. It can be served as a veggie starter or as part of a meze spread. Beet & Carrot Slaw with Garlicky Labneh Ingredients Serves 6 1 cup labneh or plain full-fat Greek yoghurt  1 small garlic clove, […]

Recipe: Menemen (Scrambled eggs with vegetables)

Menemen (men-EH-men) is a traditional Turkish dish of eggs, tomato, green peppers, and spices such as ground black pepper, red pepper flakes and salt. This light, scrambled dish is perfect for breakfast or a light lunch. Ingredients Serves 4 8 eggs 2 green peppers, cut into small chunks 4 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped […]

Recipe: Tavuk Sote (Sautéed Chicken)

This easy sautéed chicken is super easy to make; healthy and wholesome and it can be made ahead and ready to eat at a moment’s notice. Ingredients 3 tbsp olive oil  600 g chicken thigh filet (or breast), cut into 2 cm cubes  1 medium onion, roughly chopped  2 Turkish green peppers or ½ green […]

Recipe: Yağlı Patlıcan (aubergine with tomato sauce)

Yağlı patlıcan is a traditional homemade dish that is not very common in restaurants. The aubergines are fried making this dish quite oily.   Roasting the aubergine instead makes the dish healthier. Can be served hot or cold with crispy pitta bread. Yağlı Patlıcan ( aubergine with tomato sauce) Ingredients 1 kg. fresh aubergines 4-5 green peppers […]