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Doors from Bozcaada (Tenedos), a small, wine maker Turkish island in Aegean Sea…

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Bağlarla dolu, 2500 nüfuslu küçük adamızdan kapılar…

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Istanbul by Tamer Koseli

Istanbul illustration by Turkish multidisciplinary designer Tamer Köşeli.

Source: www.tamerkoseli.com

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Türk tasarımcı Tamer Köşeli’den İstanbul çizimi.

Kaynak: www.tamerkoseli.com

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What if red lentils, bulgur, paprika sauce and cumin meet in a Turkish home in London and it’s raining outside and you want to drink few glasses of rakı and you have plenty of British crime dramas recorded on your tv?

Yes, prepare the lentil koftas (mercimek köftesi), pour the rakı, have a seat in front of the tv and enjoy!

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In Turkey we have delicious figs and Turkey is the biggest fig exporter country in the world. August is the season of Aydın figs (yellow and smaller ones) and September is the season of Bursa figs (purple and bigger ones). This morning we found delicious Bursa figs in Chapel Market and we prepared a little treat with them as a side dish for our risotto. Result: yummy!

Cut to four vertically 4 figs until the middle. Fill the figs with 25 g goat cheese each. Wrap each one with one slice of jamon serrano (you can use also prosciutto, bacon etc). Put 3-4 pinenuts and drizzle little bit olive oil to the top of each. Cook them in the oven on 225°C until the jamons get crispy. After taking from the oven, drizzle little bit Turkish sour pomegranate molasse to top of them and enjoy!

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When the weather of London is not nice to us, there is always an extra activity in our kitchen. Today we didn’t want to eat the stew we have in the fridge and cooked mezzanelli pasta in owen (fırında makarna), aubergine salad (patlıcan salatası) and semolina dessert (sütlü irmik tatlısı). Semolina dessert, is one of the most practical desserts we cook in Turkey. Mostly, mothers’ saver for a milky dessert to serve to their children and all children (and big children) love it.

The ingredients and the recipe are super easy:

Mix 150 g of semolina with 180 g of sugar in a pan.  Add 1 litre of milk while whisking.  Add 1 teaspoon butter.  Cook ower low heat until getting thick (like a very thick cream soup), meanwhile keep whisking. Take the pan from the cooker. Divide the pudding in 6 small ramekins. After cooling down little bit, cover with aluminium foil and put to the fridge to set. Serve with ground cinnamon.

Note: Normally we serve this dessert after taking out the dish and upside down. For taking out easyly the dessert, make sure that you wet inside of  the ramekins with water before dividing the dessert to them after cooking. You can use different molds to serve your dessert in different shapes.

Enjoy!

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When we were in our summer house, we picked more strawberries than we can eat each day from our garden and we made jam with some of them.

In Turkey, the best strawberry type for making the jam is this ones which we call Osmanlı (Ottoman), small, sweet and with a powerful strawberry smell.

The recipe is easy. Wash and clean 1 kg of strawberries…

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Cover them with 1 kg of sugar and leave overnight (or at least 8 hours) in a flat pot to become juicy…

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Next day, cook it in a pan in slow heat. During the cooking process, clean out the foams forming in the surface of the jam with the help of a spoon.

After the first 20 minutes, take the strawberries out with the help of a skimmer for not overcooking them and keep cooking the juice until it gets thick.

Add the strawberries again, add the juice of 1,5 lemon, cook 5 minutes more and that’s it. Enjoy your strawberry jam!

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Maybe not in London but it’s spring in Turkey! Çağla is immature fresh almond and is one of the signs of spring in Turkey. When it’s spring, you can see fresh almonds in farmer markets also street sellers inside of small paper bags. But most pleasant -and our favorite- way to eat this almonds is from your tree.

Today we walked to our Turkish supermarket in Dalston and we found this fresh Turkish almonds. And suddenly we reviewed our plans to go to pub for Man United-Man City match and began to think staying at home and  drink rakı with our almonds. Mmmmmm, still thinking…

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