Turkish Spiced Schnitzel


Blogevent SchnitzeljagdPeter started an event called “Schnitzel Chase” and he is looking for Schnitzel recipes from all over the world. At first I thought, how can I participate. But then my brother called and asked for “Schnitzel with potato wedges and tomato sauce” Hmhh! That was my go-ahead 😉
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Turkish Tea Time

As soon as we land in one of our home countries, I start smiling and can’t wait to see my family and friends, who came to pick me up. It is so wonderful to meet the beloved people. They wait for us and pick us up wherever and whenever we arrive. And everytime the time runs by to quickly we even don’t notice it. It doesn’t matter how long we stay, if it is just a long weekend or the whole summer, it never seems to be long enough, it is always too short. Many friends come over and leave with the words “stop by for a cup of tea before you leave”.


Tea is our national drink, anyone claims otherwise has not been to the real Turkey. At our home the teapot is always refilled. There is always time for a cup of tea. Shopping in Turkey is a delight, whenever you step into a shop, they show you a chair to sit down and offer you a glass of tea :)

Maybe this is due to our Turkish tea ceremony, because it takes some time to prepare Turkish tea. Therefore we also take more time for our guests. After all, the samovar has to be set up, the water must be “boiled” long enough and the tea needs encouragement and time to rest. The tea must be clear and red and golden in colour.

I love tea and it is always difficult for me to ignore the tea invitations of friends and acquaintances. It may even happen that I stop by for a quick glass of tea before leaving for the airport.

On our last visit to Turkey, we met a very nice family and the lady of the house invited us so often to tea that we finally knocked at her door. She was so happy, beaming all over her face, that we had taken time for them. She immediately called her husband and son, who promptly closed their shop early to come over for tea. She ran into the kitchen to put the tea on. We decided to follow her into the kitchen to help her, and at least to be with her as long as she prepared the tea. By doing so we of course cut all existing formality rules.

She wanted to set the table in the salon for us, she wanted to bake and cook for us, but there was no time. So we all sat together at the kitchen table. Her husband and son joined us. And she whirled around in the kitchen. Because “Çay vakti -Teatime” in Turkish means “put everything on the table, whatever you find in your cabinets” and see for yourself how varied that can be at a short spontaneous teatime.


I do not really know how long we sat there. We chatted happily forgetting the time, we got to know each other better and became close. In Turkey, we have a saying: with the first cup, we get to know each other, we become friends with the second cup and with the third you’re family.
Our family is growing. The next time I have another door to knock at. Like another Turkish saying declares: “Bir fincan kahvenin kırk yıl hatırı vardır – The memory of a cup of coffee lasts 40 years.” This is also true for “Çay – Tea” :) In this sense, let’s rise our tea cups and afiyet olsun!

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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 reports with inviting, professional photos. It’s amazing and beautiful! A delight! Their inspiring new ideas are just stunning, these people are so creative. They collect the best ingredients from around the world in their kitchens, they order the finest fruits and qualitatively best ingredients: Oranges from Spain, truffles from Italy, chocolate from France and baking ingredients from the mill. The titles for their dishes are more detailed than usual and sound as beautiful as a poem. You can feel the passion and dedication to the world of food and you are hooked and read their reports. They change the culinary scene with their articles. The chefs are amazed what this hobby chefs and gourmets are able to create and serve.

The best thing about these food-blog-phenomenon is that they look out of the box. That they open their heart for the world of different cuisines and ingredients and they combine fearless and bring the whole world into their kitchens. Thank you so much!

The inspiration for the dish today comes from India, the pomegranates from Turkey, the grapes from Italy, the tomatoes from Spain and the cucumbers from Germany and because I have created it, I give the salad an additional Turkish name. The world in my-our kitchen, according to the motto: We cook, we bake, we enjoy and we write about our wonderful and colourful world and share it with YOU!

I wish you a healthy and delicious year 2015! Enjoy it! Afiyet olsun!
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Fried Turnover with Cheese Filling — Çiğ Börek

The literal translation of the name for these pastries is “raw pastries – Çiğ börek”. Not because they are eaten raw, but because the filling is not pre-cooked. The filling is cooked by the hot steam that forms inside the pastries during frying in hot oil.


To tell you the truth, the term “Çiğ börek” is based on the original name of the Crimean Tartars dish “Chiburekki”. These pastries filled with minced meat are a Tartarean dish, they brought to Anatolia centuries ago. Thus these dishes have served as an everyday dish in Anatolia for a very long time.
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Vegetables Baked in Parchment Paper – Kağıtta Sebze

A popular game with my little nieces is hiding behind a chair or behind my palms and showing up with a surprising saying: “Kuck Kuck”. They beam at me every time with shining eyes and we play this game like hours and eventually they start hiding themselves behind a chair and call shyly: “kuck kuck!” An invitation, which of course I can not refuse :)
We seem to love such hiding games, because we also like to hide ingredients in dough or in grape leaves or in chard leaves or in cabbage or simply in parchment paper. So this dish seems to invite us to enjoy with a quiet and shy “kuck kuck” :)


The vegetables are sliced and mixed in a bowl with olive oil and spices, wrapped and baked in parchment paper. Simply awesome and delicious! Be cautious when opening the parchment paper, because hot steam flows out! A pleasure with a small salad! Enjoy your meal! Afiyet olsun! Continue reading

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Lentil-Patties – Yeşil Mercimek Köftesi

Lentils are one of the favourite pulses and every country has their own special recipe. It is incredible in how many countries lentils are cultivated. The top five producers for lentils are Canada, India, Australia, Turkey and the USA followed by Nepal, Ethiopia, China, Syria and Iran. The archaeological evidence is from 9500 to 13000 years ago. The first lentils are probably grown from the wild lentils in middle east. Thus it is needless to mention that the Swabian got their recipe for “Lentils with Spätzle” from its former big brother (abi) “Anatolian Lentils with Noodles” :).

In Turkey we love lentils in one-pot-dishes or for patties, but I am sure that there are hidden recipes still waiting to be discovered for lentils as sweet dishes 😉 Lentil-bulgur-pilav and these patties are my favourites.


I cook the lentils with bayleaf, cloves and cinnamon until soft and then prepare the patties. I don’t use so many eggs or more flour and therefore the patties are not so firm. You have to be a little bit more careful frying them. Thus I fry them just a little on each side and bake them for 10 minutes in the oven. If you prefer more compact patties then add another egg and more flour.

The patties are so delicious; the first bite is already taking you off to the taste heaven and the lentils full of flavour fill your mouth. The carrots, chives and parsley complete the taste-sensation. A have to try recipe! You can have it warm or cold for your meze-table with wine or with a salad as a light lunch or dinner or enjoy it like I do for tea-time instead of cookies 😉 Delicious! Enjoy it! Afiyet olsun!

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Turkish Apricots with Creme-Filling – Kayısı dolması

The winter is slowly knocking at our doors, it is so misty and gray outside. Therefore I need something sweet to cheer me up. At the sight of this golden-orange apricots filled with heavenly sweet creme, the sun rises at least in my eyes. This is going to be a beautiful day.


The dried apricots are slightly cooked in sugar syrup until soft and then filled with a sweetened cream and garnished with nuts. Simple but delicious! Enjoy it! Afiyet olsun!

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Turkish Thanks-Being-Porridge – Aşure haftamız

Every year on 10. Muharrem of the Islamic calender is “Aşure” day. It is always after the big festivals shortly after the beginning of the new year of the Islamic calender (Muharrem is the first month of the Islamic calendar). Like Indians with Diwalli we celebrate the whole week with our families, friends and neighbours. We say “Thank you” for being alive and together. We sit together with friends and neighbours and enjoy a special porridge, because the best way to say thanks is through sweets.


Our grandfather used to tell us a children-story every year this time about Noah in his ark with his family and all the animals and how he was waiting for a divine sign. How the food they had was running out and how they scraped together every grain, pulses and fruits from the sacks, put them into a pot and cooked a meal, a porridge. Our grandfather said that in remembrance of this we cook “Aşure” every year and say thanks for their efforts and for being alive and being with our families, friends and neighbours. We would sit around him and listen to his words and ask about the ark and Noah and the animals and wait for grandmothers porridge. It is of course not the real story behind this day, but we liked to listen to his tales. It was always a very special week. We enjoyed this sweet porridge with our neighbours and friends.

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Turkish Wrap with Veal — Tantuni

May I present you: “Tantuni” — an example from our Turkish fast-food-treasure-chest!
A few years ago I started a research asking what Europeans associate with Turkish food. The result was overwhelming: Doener Kebab!

Now the “doener kebab” gets competition from “tantuni”. Some food lovers distinguish already between “doener dürüm (wrap with doner kebab)” and “tantuni (wrap with pan-fried meat)”. “Dürüm” is the Turkish word for “wrap”. Perhaps you have read the word on a menu such as “kebab dürüm or kofte dürüm”? In Germany you can now get “tantuni” with roast minced meat (lamb and veal), veal or poultry.


“Tantuni” is a speciality from the Mediterranean city Mersin. Actually this is an every day simple fast-food-dish.

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Turkish Pita Bread — Ev Pidesi

Today is “World Bread Day 2014” initiated by Zorra

My favourite bread is of course the Turkish pita bread. Preferably home made fresh and warm from the oven. I don’t need anything else, maybe a bit butter and hot tea. It is so soft and delicious! Enjoy it! Afiyet olsun!

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