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Cooking & Sharing: A Love of Turkish Food

Good food tastes good whether you eat alone or with friends but cooking, and more so food has the power to bring people together, something I'm forever grateful for. 

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Purple Basil CoolerReyhan Şerbeti

Serve ice cold on a hot summers day and its unique spicy-sweet flavour will pack a refreshing punch that'll have you revitalised and ready to go. Basil may seem like a strange idea for a cold drink but it's surprisingly addictive and its ever-changing purple tones are rather eye-catching. 

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Turkish Store-cupboard Cooking: Free Recipe Book

As many of us are trying to avoid unnecessary trips to markets we're turning to store-cupboard friendly recipes I've put together a mini cookbook featuring some of my favourite recipes that use only pantry ingredients, Within it you'll find 15 recipes using only store-cupboard ingredients.

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'Gypsy' Turkish Cheese Salad (Çingene pilavı)
'Gypsy' Turkish Cheese Salad (Çingene pilavı)

An olive oil dressed salad of tomato, pepper, onion and parsley with 'kesik' or 'lor' cheese curd. A speciality of Aegean cuisine and feature heavily on Aydın's breakfast and picnic tables.

Armenian Cucumber Salad (Acur Salatası)
Armenian Cucumber Salad (Acur Salatası)

Refreshingly tangy and sweet. Armenian cucumbers or acur in salad macerated in a sweet and sour dressing to balance the melony cucumber taste. A quick fix salad or side. 

Aşure (Noah's Pudding / Ashure)
Aşure (Noah's Pudding / Ashure)

A rich, comforting porridge-like desert full of a variety of beans and pulses with tonnes of mahlep, cinnamon and cloves and a zesty kick brought together in (an optional) saffron-infused milk.

Aubergine Jam (Patlıcan reçeli)
Aubergine Jam (Patlıcan reçeli)
Alive in only a few regions, jam seems like an unusual use for aubergines but is exceptionally good and quite the Turkish breakfast party showstopper. This sweet and tart preserve has hints of...
Bol Baharat Köfte Meatballs WIth Sumac Onions & Yoghurt Sauce
Bol Baharat Köfte Meatballs WIth Sumac Onions & Yoghurt Sauce
A wonderful crowd pleaser, these tender, juicy meatballs are bursting with Turkish Mediterranean flavours. Served hot in pitta parcels with vibrant sumac jewelled red onions and fresh greens and...
Braised Aubergines (Patlıcan Silkme)
Braised Aubergines (Patlıcan Silkme)
Slowly braised or simmered Aubergines with tomatoes, peppers, and onions. Its silky rich flavour comes from nothing but garlic, olive oil and it's own tender juices. Super easy, dump and run...
Cauliflower Fritters (Karnabahar Mücver)
Cauliflower Fritters (Karnabahar Mücver)

Lightly fried cauliflower fritters with parsley, cheese and nutmeg. Perfect with a dollop of garlic yoghurt. Winter finger food to savour. 

Celeriac with Orange (Kereviz)
Celeriac with Orange (Kereviz)
The chunky nuttier cousin to celery. This classic Aegean dish of celeriac is brought together in a light but warming dish with carrots and citrus. Dill fronds are added at the last moment before...
Cheesy Baked Courgette
Cheesy Baked Courgette
These cheese-loaded courgettes work well as a light summer main or as a side dish. Light cheese curds are mixed with a creamy white cheese that is packed with herbs and a smokey nutty bite from...
Chicken & Dried Fruit (Mahmudiyye)
Chicken & Dried Fruit (Mahmudiyye)
A chicken dish sweet enough for a Sultans feast.  Sauteed chicken with dried fruit and almonds in a turmeric-based stock with easy cook nutty orzo pasta grains. For a more indulgent treat substitute...