This is a typical Aegean dish that you can find on both Turkish and Greek sides of the Aegean Sea. As much as the dish itself, I love its pronunciation: pa-bu-ja-ki. Given the suffix -aki the name sounds definitely Greek, however “papuc” or “papuç” is a Persian word “paposh” (پاپٯش)

This vegetarian kofte is one of the most popular appetizers of Turkish cuisine. 1 cup red lentil 1/2 cup fine bulgur 1/2 cup olive oil 2 cups of water 1 medium onion, very finely chopped 1 tsp cumin 1 tbsp tomato paste + 1 tbsp red pepper paste (if you

Making Turkish egg noodles, erişte–originally a Persian term meaning strips–is usually or was a good reason for gathering for the neighborhood women. A group of women would come together at someone’s house. Some would make the dough, some would knead it, and some would roll it into rounds, while others

This Black Sea Region recipe is a recipe from my dad’s side of the family. My aunt invites the rest of the family over dinner (in addition to all the special occasions) when she cooks three special dishes. Number one is mantı, number two is dolma, and number three is

I have been receiving complaints from readers, friends, and friends of friends about lack of new recipes on the blog. I know; it’s been a while. I’ve been busy and lazy at the same time. But here we go. Dried eggplant dolma is a popular winter dish mainly in the

If you are a libertine, don’t turn from the cup of pure wine If you are wise, take your glass in the direction of Galata … Pious one, should you see those Frankish (European) boys but once You would never cast an eye on the houris in paradise … Everywhere

I don’t know if you have noticed that I like bulgur, different types of bulgur, and anything with bulgur. I like bulgur especially in kofte form such as this, this, and this. Bulgur kofte is yet another bulgur dish in kofte form. The recipe belongs to my mom and has long been a family