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July 10, 2008




  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp crumbled bread
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chili or tomato paste
  • 1 tsp red pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 lemon (juice)


1.  Roast bell peppers. Remove skn and seeds.

2.  In a food processor mix all the ingredients.  Chill for two hours. Ready to serve.  You can either use this as dip sauce or  spread the mixture over bread slices.

Afiyet Olsun.

May 03, 2008

Russian Salad


Russian Salad is also called American Salad in Turkey.  But in fact there is no correlation between US and American Salad.


  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 potato
  • 2 carrots
  • 4-5 gherkin pickles
  • 5 Tbsp mayonnaise


1.  Peal the carrots and boil them with the peas until vegetables are soft.  Boil the potato until fork tender, then peel the skin. 

2.  Cut potato,pickles and carrots into dice shape.  Put them in a large bowl.  Add peas and mayonnaise.  Mix them all and its ready to serve.

Afiyet Olsun. 

May 01, 2008

Stuffed Ball Squash


Turkish; Girit Kabak Dolması

These tiny ball squash are more tasty than they seem.  It has a great flavor.


  • 8 ball squash
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1 finely chopped tomato
  • 1 Tbsp rice
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp mint flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


1.  Wash squash well and trim the bottom ends.  Then cut the top close to stem.  Save the tops.  Scoop out the pulp.

2.  In a large bowl mix ground beef, onion, tomato, rice(rinsed), mint flakes, salt and pepper.  Stuff hollowed-out squash with this stuffing and place the tops.

3.  Place them in a saucepan.  Mix 1 cup of water with tomate paste, and pour this sauce over the squash.  If you like, you can also sparkle 1 tsp of sugar.  Cook for 25 minutes until squash are tender.

Afiyet Olsun.

April 13, 2008

"Pumpkin Hill" Dessert


Turkish; Kabak Tatlısı

Recipe Courtesy of Resimli Mutfak.


  • 2 pounds pumpkin (pared and sliced)
  • 1+1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut


1.  Place pumpkins in a large pot.  Pour sugar over the pumpkin slices.  Add 1/2 cup of water and simmer over medium heat until pumpkins are fork tender. 

2.  With  a scoop give the desired shape and sprinkle walnuts over the "Pumkin Hill". 

Enjoy you meal, Afiyet Olsun.

March 26, 2008

Yogurt Soup

(Yayla Çorbası)


One of the most favorite Turkish soups.  Super delicious.

Turkish; Yayla Çorbası


  • 2 Tbsp rice
  • 4 Tbsp yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper (grounded preferred)
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes


1.  Wash and drain the rice in order to get rid of the residue.  In a large saucepan, boil rice with 2 cups of water. 

2.  In a bowl mix yogurt, flour and egg.  Get a homogeneous thickness.   From the saucepan add 1/8 cup of water to the bowl and stir well.  Then add this mixture to the saucepan, continue stirring.

3.  Add 2 cups of water to saucepan.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Finally add mint, salt and black pepper.  If soup is too thick, thin with a little stock or water. You can add some red pepper flakes just before serving.

Enjoy your meal, Afiyet Olsun.

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