Monthly Archives: November 2017

30 DAYS, 30 DISHES – DAY 16: ADANA KEBAB

Adana kebab is a spicy lamb kebab, named after the Turkish city. The meat is minced together with spices and pepper then moulded around a thick, flat skewer and grilled over coals. Usually served with with rice and salad, with sumac to add to the flavour! I like this dish but sometimes find it a […]

30 DAYS, 30 DISHES – DAY 15: Çıntar

  Çıntar mushrooms are a seasonal delicacy in Turkey. November/December are the months when these mushrooms are found in abundance. They grow around pine trees in forest areas, of which there are many in this region of Turkey! During these months you will find random cars parked up in the trees with people wandering around […]

30 DAYS, 30 DISHES – DAY 14: Kokoreç

Kokoreç is a popular street food in Turkey – one that I’ve not yet been brave enough to try and I don’t think I ever will! Kokoreç is made from sheep intestines. The intestines are cleaned then packed onto a large skewer and cooked horizontally over a coal fire, giving it a unique taste. The […]

30 DAYS, 30 DISHES – DAY 13: KUNEFE

Kunefe is a popular, authentic Turkish dessert. It’s made from kadayıf (dried shredded dough which looks like shredded wheat) and cheese. It is covered in syrup and eaten straight out of the oven when hot, so the cheese is stringy and gooey but the pastry is crispy. It’s sometimes served with crushed pistachios, like the […]

30 DAYS, 30 DISHES – DAY 12: SIMIT

Ok, so not really a ‘dish’ but a Turkish staple food regardless! Simit is a round bread with a hole in the middle, covered in sesame seeds. It’s kind of a cross between an American pretzel and a bagel, a perfect mix of the two. It’s perfect with breakfast, or as a quick snack while […]

30 DAYS, 30 DISHES – DAY 11: Sucuklu Yumurta

Sucuk & egg is one of my favourite weekend breakfasts. Sucuk is a spicy Turkish sausage, made from beef or lamb. It is mixed with garlic, cumin and other spices/seasonings then left to dry for weeks before selling. It is sliced then fried in oil for a few minutes, then eggs are cracked and mixed […]

30 DAYS, 30 DISHES – DAY 10: ALI NAZIK KEBAB

Ali nazik kebab is one of my favourites! Cubes of marinated lamb on a bed of patlıcan (aubergine) puree mixed with yogurt and served with rice and salad. I love the smoky taste of the creamy aubergine mashed with garlic yogurt, so delicious! Would you believe, before I lived in Turkey I had never tried aubergine, now […]