Let me introduce you to one of Turkey's favourite fastfood dishes: Çiğ Köfte (Chi kofte). Raw ground meet mixed with fine bulgur, spices and vegetables, wrapped in fresh lettuce and more fresh vegetables! It took me quite some time (a few years at least) before I would actually try this dish. I am absolutely not a fan of raw meat and always refused to eat cig kofte whenever a friend or family member made it. But just a few months ago I decided to take a bite, and guess what, I loved it! Because the raw beef is kneeded and mixed with the bulgur and the vegetables so intensively, the raw meat is not even noticable. I must say that it was even better than most cooked kofte dishes I had before. So If you like kofte and you are into spicy food (as in, hot and full of spices!), I can assure you that you will like this dish.
Yay I am back! I bought a new camera and I am ready to share a new recipe. I'll be making gozleme this time. Gozleme is a hand-rolled Turkish pastry dish baked on a traditional Turkish sac, filled with various toppings varying from white cheese to potatoes. My version will be a not so traditional one that can be made at home with a simple cooking pan!
Pişi is a very simple Turkish, bread-like, fried dough snack. People in Turkey usually eat this for breakfast, but please, don't let that stop you from eating it whenever you want. =) Until recently, I had no idea that the official name of this dish was called 'Pişi'. My mother and the rest of my family call it simply fried dough (hamur kizartma'si). But pişi sounds more fun, so pişi it is!
Not quite traditional - or Turkish for that matter, but tasteful enough to be shared with the world! These are, sort of, after eight cupcakes but with a softer and mild mint flavour to it. The cake is soft and fudgy and the mild mint flavour of the whipped cream gives it an excellent finish. Just a great combo really!
My first blog entry.. and I am starting off with my mother's recipe for a traditional Turkish dish called yaprak sarma'si, or just sarma, like most people in Turkey call it. Sarmas are stuffed grape leaves. They are the ultimate finger food and are often served as a side dish with a dot of yoghurt. Sarma is so loved at our home that we have it as a main dish most of the time. :)