Saturday, March 19, 2011
Borek is one of the most popular dishes in Turkish cuisine.You can put anything inside for filling;like cheese,potatoe,spinach or minced meat..
3 thin pastry sheets(it is called “yufka”in Turkish)
½ lb minced meat
1 large onion
1 bunch of dill
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of milk
2 teaspoons of nigella seed
Put ¼ of the vegetable oil into a pan. Add finely chopped onions and lightly brown them. Add chopped tomatoes, minced meat, chopped dill, salt and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat.
Split egg white and yolk.Take the rest of the vegetable oil into a cup, add egg white and milk and mix them with a fork.
Brush a frying pan(12-14 inches in diameter) with some vegetable oil.Lay one sheet of pastry into the pan.Spread 2-3 tablespoons of the milk mixture.Put another layer of the pastry(if it is too big for the pan,you can cut it half),spreading milk mixture on each layer.Put your cooked filling(minced meat) in between the layers.After you are done,spread your remaining milk mixture on top of it.Spread the yolk with a brush and spread nigella seed on top of everything.Cook on the stove for 20 minutes,and turn upside down.Cook another 20 minutes on medium heat or until the bottom is golden brown..
Saturday, March 5, 2011
½ cup of butter
8 full spoons of flour
1 spoon of plain yogurt
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 bunch of dill
1 bunch of mint leaves
4-5 black olives(without pit)
½ cup of milk
Melt the butter,mix well with flour,yogurt and baking powder with your hands and make a smooth dough.Take an oven safe baking pan(around 10 inches) and spread the dough into the pan with your hands.
Chop the dill and mint leaves;cut the olives into small circles and mix with chopped feta cheese.Spread the mixture on top of the dough.
In another cup,whip egg and milk with fork and pour it on top of the pan.Preheat the oven 350 Fahrenheit and bake it for 45 minutes..
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Monday, December 20, 2010
Ayran is a very popular and traditional drink in Turkey . It can be served with any meal, or just as a quick snack drink. It is probably the ancient version of the modern energy drinks and very refreshing.
- 1 pt. of plain yogurt, whole milk (no fat free or skim milk yogurt)
- 1 1/3 cups cold water
- salt to taste
Mix yogurt and water in blender until well blended. Add salt if desired. Start off with an 1/8 teaspoon salt and work your way up.
Serve in ice filled glasses.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
4 medium size squash
1 bunch of green onions
1 bunch of dill
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
7-8 tablespoons of flour
Peel the squash.Wash and grate them.Add chopped onions,chopped dill,salt,pepper,egg and flour.Mix well.Heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan.Put in tablespoonful amounts of the mixture(5-6 at a time,depends on the size of the frying pan) and fry both sides.Serve at once.
If you put one grated potato into the mixture,you can have more crunchy taste.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
- 1 (32 oz.) jar of grape leaves
- 1 quart boiling water
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 cup white, long grain rice
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 1/2 large, finely chopped onions
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
- 1/8 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4-1/8 tsp. finely ground red pepper
- 2 cups of water
- 2 lemons
- Cutting board or flat work surface
- Large saute pan
- Large cooking pot
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
After drinking ,we turn over our coffee cups,wait for a while and after the cup gets cool down we turn it back and try to understand our fortune.Some people are really experts on this subject and they can tell you lots stories only by looking at the shapes inside the cup.Also people use this as an excuse to share a conversation about their hopes and dreams for the future.
If you would like to try,here are some symbols to understand your future:
Bird : a visitor is on his/her way to you with quite exciting news
Cat : be careful about that person, think if she/he is good for you
Clover with four leaves : luck
Crown : achievement
Dog : the one you love is so truthful to you
Elephant : you will receive financial support from a wealthy person
Envelope : you will receive good news
Fish : a chunk of money is waiting for you
Horse : singles will get married, married ones will buy a new house
Key : open all doors and eliminate obstacles
Long lines : you will travel
Pomegranate : prosperity
Snake : watch for the silent enemy
Turtle : 1.you will meet someone that you will share your house with
2. longevity / luck