There is something particularly evocative about sharing a plate of freshly made yaprak sarma with friends. It’s as much about the preparation and the appearance as it is about the taste. If I want to “feel Turkish” I make sarma. I can recall strolling through the gardens of a National … [Read more...] about Yaprak Sarma – It’s all in the roll!
Food & Drink
My first impressions of the Turkish coffee drinking experience were not so great. Tiny cup, tinier handle, bitter coffee, thick sludge at the bottom. First adaptation was to ditch the sugar-free diet and go for the çok şeker (very sweet) version of my kahve to combat the bitterness. Second … [Read more...] about Turkish coffee: 40 years of friendship
Kısır is a Turkish staple side dish made from fine bulgur. The brand I’ve been using is called Durum and the type of bulgur is called Koftelik Bulgur (kısırlik) which I assume means the finer grade of bulgur used for making kısır. It’s so easy to make and tastes great, a bit like cous cous, as … [Read more...] about Kısır – quick, healthy, delicious
To share tea and bright conversation with a Turkish friend is one of life’s great joys. The simple act of its preparation brings the sense of calm and familiarity upon which great friendships are built, stories shared, and occasions celebrated. All the elements of this familiar and reassuring ritual … [Read more...] about Turkish Tea – Friends for Life