Category Archives: Mediterranean

Harissa versus Biber Salçası

I discovered Yotam Ottolenghi in England. I love his books, because they are full of new ideas and combinations. His books are a source of inspiration for me. Too bad I can not watch his culinary travel programs on Canal … Continue reading

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Rice Salad with Fruits and Yogurt – Meyveli Pirinç Salatası

For several years I observe the phenomenon of food-blogs. Many passionate people write about cooking, baking and especially about enjoying food. They tell us stories about markets, they review books and restaurants, report from events and hotels. We get wonderful … Continue reading

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Filled Courgette Blossoms – Kabak çiçeği dolması

A trip to the garden of my mother-in-law was very succesful. I discovered four small courgette blossoms After some begging, I was allowed to cut and take them into the kitchen. Actually when I told my mother-in-law that I would … Continue reading

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Baklava-Pie with Spinach-Feta Cheese-Filling — Baklava yufkası ile ıspanaklı ve peynirli börek

Baklava-Pastry-Sheets are the same as the Greek filo pastry. They are simply made of flour and water and they are rolled out so thin that they look almost transparent. We can make this pastry from scratch, but it would take … Continue reading

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Salad Greek Style – Yunan usulü salata

Perfect weather for a picnic or barbecue. What do you think about a delicious Greek salad! There is nothing better these days. We are getting used to sunny weather and high temperatures and training for the World Cup in Brasil. … Continue reading

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Stuffed Courgettes – Etsiz Kabak Dolması

The last time at the market I found these cute round courgettes. Perfect for filling. I had to take them home. I grew up in a region famous for their delicious apricots. Thus we cooked a lot with fresh and … Continue reading

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Aubergine-Fan – Şakşuka

The last time at the Turkish market I got lovely small aubergines. I sliced and fried them until tender and golden. Then I arranged the slices like a fan and spread each slice with tomato sauce. They look gorgeous, don’t … Continue reading

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Aubergine-Rice with Pine Nuts and Cinnamon – Patlıcanlı, Çam Fıstıklı ve Tarçınlı Pilav

Turkey is one of the five top producers of aubergines in the world. And crazy Turkish ladies like myself can’t resist aubergines on farmers market. The bigest problem on the farmers market is to decide which aubergines I want to … Continue reading

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Despina’s Greek Easter Preparations

This year the Orthodox and all other Christians celebrate Easter at the same time. My neighbour is so happy about this. Last year their Easter was weeks later, and she missed the special Easter feeling. And this year she could … Continue reading

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Spanish Custard – Crema Catalana

The vegetarian culinary trip of Tomateninsel ist travelling through Spain this month. Reason enough to make one of the gorgeous milk desserts, like the “Crema Catalana”. I have been told that traditionally this dessert was served on 19th March in … Continue reading

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