Recipe: Turkish tabbouleh | Kisir

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What happens when you eat a lot of international food, but still get in a rut? Is it like when you live by the sea but get tired of looking at the lapping waves (is that even possible?). It's so easy (and delicious), to return to old favorites like stuffed grape leaves, hummus and tabbouleh, but sometimes a little shakedown is in order. We're big tabbouleh eaters in this house, so when I found out there's a Turkish version of this popular bulgur salad, you can bet I jumped on … [Read more...]

Recipe: Turkish Flatbread “Pizza” with Spiced Lamb | Lahmacun

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Lahmacun is Turkey's answer to pizza. The flavors are rich and deep, like an old love story. And, like any good love story, each bite makes my knees sink a little closer to the floor. Why? Because of the layers of flavor. This is no "jarred sauce" affair. This is no mess of waxy cheese. Lahmacun is pure, unadulterated ingredients - as fresh and intense as mother nature grew them. The version we made today includes lamb, olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste, paprika, mint … [Read more...]

Menu: Turkey

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"In a flat country, a hillock thinks itself a mountain" Proverb from Turkey Friends, let's knock the hillocks of life to the ground. And let's do it with Turkish food. This week, I created a fun party menu - a Turkish meal that can be enjoyed on a balmy summer evening, under starlight, with a few close friends and family.  It'll inspire laughter, some much needed spice, and full hearts. After all, isn't that what we all need? A little time to chill out with our loved ones, and get some … [Read more...]

About the food of Turkey

Town of Ortahisar in Cappadocia, a region in central Turkey. Photo by Brocken Inaglory.

Turkey walks the line: her western borders dip into Europe, while the rest lounges in Asia. Indeed,  Istanbul - is the only large city in the world to span two continents. Pretty awesome. Her extensive mountains cradle many small villages and cities, but it is her coastal plains and valleys that produce the most luscious produce. There's everything from citrus to corn, and olives to barley. The food will fill your spirit as well as your mouth. A few years ago I watched a show about … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Thailand

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httpv://youtu.be/-x8snseHl80 It took a Green Papaya Salad from Thailand to make me think about the rhythms of my life. Rat-tat-tat-tat.... Rat-tat-tat.... Rat-tat.. Rat... Rat... Tat-tat... Thwap. As I pounded the garlic and chili peppers into a paste, feeling both awkward and unskilled, I began to ask myself some questions... Namely, how is it that something as simple as pounding food can be so hard for me, yet be so easy for another person - like... oh, say... someone from … [Read more...]

Recipe: Thai Iced Tea

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There's nothing sweeter than a good love story; and there's no love story more refreshing than Thai Iced Tea. This is the love story of extra strong Ceylon tea, brewed until deeply blushing. The rouge dissolves like a faint, as sweetened condensed milk swirls into the mix. If you think that's all there is to Thai Iced Tea, you'd be half right. For many people, that's all they desire. But every love story needs a little spice, so today we're going the extra mile, by including … [Read more...]

Recipe: Green Papaya Salad | Som Tam

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Whomp. Womp. Womp. Everything worth doing takes a little bit of work. And so it is with Som Tam. The mortar and pestle crushes the garlic, mashes a Thai bird chili peppers,  and wooshes the fish sauce and lime juice into the green beans and papaya. I put the bowl on the table, dotted red with tomatoes. Ava thinks the papaya is spaghetti. The pale green shreds curl around her fork. "It's something like that..." I say, hoping she believes me. She takes a bite, then another. Soon … [Read more...]

Menu: Thailand

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"Friends for a meal are easy to find, friends until end of life are difficult to find" (Thai Proverb) Summer is the time of easy friendships, where the only things that matter are cold drinks, fresh food, and a patch of shade. Dinnertime is less strict, and I find myself veering towards later, lighter meals. Like this one. So now all you need is to find someone to share it with (P.S. Speaking of which, I can't decide if that Thai proverb is encouraging or discouraging, but there's one thing I … [Read more...]