Sunday, March 28, 2010


It is interesting that many Turkish dishes are named after women's body parts. I think it is because they are passionate about food. Eating and drinking together is a very big part of the culture. These "meatballs" are called Ladies Thigh Kofte. Years of living in Canada, I had forgotten about this dish until my Aunt came to visit us and made it for us. I remember as a child this dish being part of picnic baskets because they are just as good cold as they are warm

500 gr. ground beef
2 onions (medium)
1/3 cup cooked plain white rice
3 eggs
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1/2 bunch parsley
black pepper
6 tablespoons flour
  • Cook plain white rice as usual (1 measure rice, 2 measures water, cook for 15 minutes covered and at low heat). Set aside to cool
  • Stir fry 1/2 the ground beef in 1 tablespoon oil until fully cooked and set aside to cool
  • Clean and chop parsley
  • Combine remaining uncooked beef, chopped onions, cooked rice, stir fried beef, 1 egg, salt and pepper together. Make oval looking meat balls
  • Sprinkle bottom of a pan with half the flour and place the meatballs on the flour. Sprinkle remaining flour on top of the meat balls
  • When ready to serve, mix together 2 eggs and dip each of the meatballs in eggs and fry them in low heat

I served mine with rice in this picture but you can try serving it with Frech Fries.


I thought I would be topical with this recipe with Easter just around the corner. Turkiye may have been the very first true multi-cultural community hundereds of years ago where all religions lived together in piece and respected one another's views. To the point where neighbours helped celebrate each other's special days together regardless of their religion, culture, or language. Turkish easter bread was cooked in homes all over through the easter season.
2 eggs (save the yolk of one for the top)
1 cup cooking oil
1 cup warm milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon mahalep

  • Put 1/2 cup warm milk in a tall glass. Add in 1 teaspoon sugar and 2 teaspoon yeast. Stir and let it sit for 15 minutes until the yeast rises
  • Mix the 1 egg and the white of the second egg together. Add in sugar, salt, milk, cooking oil and mahalep.
  • Start adding flour. After the first cup, start adding a little at a time until you make a dough that is soft. Add enough flour that it does not stick to your hands.
  • Let it rest for a couple of hours. The dough will rise.
  • Take small pieces of dough and roll into "strands" (look like long pencils)
  • Use three "strands" to "braid" your dough together to take the shape of the easter bread
  • Continue until you use all your dough
  • Mix 1 tablespoon cold water with the remaining egg yolk and spread over the easter bread
  • Cook at 350 until golden brown

Sunday, March 21, 2010


A different taste in cupcakes with cream cheese filling. Can be changed to be topical. For example, for St. Patrick's day, you can make your topping green using green food colouring with white chocolates or on Valentines day, you can add red food colouring with white chocolates for the topping. Mint flavored chocolates give it a nice scent too.

When you use packaged cake mix, it is easy but if you feel ambitious, you can make your own cake for the base as well. This recipe makes 12 large cupcakes (or 24 small).

1 (520 gr) package chocolate cake mix

Cream Cheese filling:

250 gr. cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon corn starch

  • 3 tablespoons mint flavoured chocolate chips
    Prepare the cake mix according to package instructions. This usually requires 2-3 eggs, oil and water.
  • Line a cupcake pan with paper cupcake holders
  • Fill 2/3 of the cupcake holder with cake batter
  • Prepare the filling by mixing all of the ingredients together
  • Spoon 1 tablespoon of cream cheese filling in each of the cupcakes. If you choose, you can add another spoonful of cake batter on top but that is not necessary because the cake rises over the cream cheese filling
  • Cook at 350 for 25 to 35 minutes. You can test if it is ready by sticking a wooden skewer or a toothpick in the middle of the cupcake. If it comes out clean, they are ready
  • Set aside to cool
  • Prepare topping by combining all (except chocolates) in a small pot. Make sure everything is blended well. Cooking over a low heat until it thickens remove from heat. Add in the chocolate chips and let them melt by mixing it continually.
  • Spoon the topping over the cupcakes and let cool completely before serving

Friday, March 19, 2010


This appetizer can be served with Crackers, Melba Toast or Pita Bread. For brunch, breakfast or afternoon snack you can spread on pieces of bread. It is full of garlic and spices. When stored in a tightly closed jar and kept in the fridge, it can last a long time.

150 gr walnuts
2 slices of day old bread
1 lemon
1/3 cup olive oil
2 pieces of garlic
Black Pepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Chop walnuts into small pieces (I use a blender because I don't like this very crunchy)
  • Soak bread in water to soften. Squeeze the water out in your hand. Crumble and add to the walnuts
  • Crush garlic and blend with walnut and bread mixture and all of the remaining ingredients
  • Serve with crackers or toasted bread pieces
  • You can decorate with parsley if you like

Thursday, March 18, 2010


This recipe is very easy to make simply because the pastry is store bought so there is no fuss. It can be your main dish when served with salad or a side dish when company is coming but left overs always make a good lunch.

1 package puff pastry

1 bunch leek
2 carrots
1 medium sized onion
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 tespoon salt
2 tablespoon cooking oil
1 tablespoon rice (optional)

For glaze:
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon cold water

Sesame seeds
  • Clean and wash the leek. This is likely the most complicated part of this recipe. I personally don't enjoy having to do this part. Cut the top part. Peel outer layers. Cut in small circles and wash. I usually leave it in cold water for about an hour in case I miss some of the sand that is usally between the leaves. Then I remove them out of the water by hand and rinse again to make sure all of the sand is washed away.
  • Scrap the carrots and cut them in small pieces
  • Chop the onions
  • In a big pot, stir fry the onions and then add all of the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to boil and reduce heat immediately. Cook for 15 minutes. Let the mixture cool fully before using it as filling
  • Roll out the dough with some flour (normal thickness) and cut into squares
  • Put 1 or 2 tablespoon of your leek filling. Be sure not to take too much of the juice as it will spill out while cooking
  • Fold the ends over each other to make a little pouch
  • Turn them over on the lined cookie sheet. Make sure there is enough space between each one
  • Mix egg yolk with cold water and glaze each of your "pouches" with this mixture
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cook 30 to 45 minutes until they are golden brown

Friday, March 12, 2010


This cake always looked very complicated and intimidating to me until I tried it. It is actually very easy make but can be a bit messy in the Kitchen. It is always a favorite because it is light and delicious. Another good thing about this cake is that it tastes better on the second day so, make it a day before and leave in the fridge overnight.

3 Eggs
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
3 tablespoon cooking oil
1 package vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup flour

2.5 cup milk
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 full tablespoon flour
1 full tablespoon corn starch
2 tablespoons butter
1 package vanilla
1 package powder whipped cream (see the picture below)

2 peeled bananas

For decorations: flaked coconut or ground walnut or hazelnuts

  • For the cake part: in a cake mixer, mix 3 eggs and 1 cup sugar together really well. It starts changing colour to white
  • Add in milk, cooking oil, baking powder, vanilla and flour last. Don't mix too much once the flour is added (just enough to mix through)
  • Spread cooking paper on the baking sheet
  • Cook at 350 until golden brown (approximately 20 to 25 minutes)

  • Once the cake is ready. Take it out of the oven and roll into a log with the cooking paper
  • Let it cool fully before attempting to use it to avoid breaking

  • Start getting the cream ready
  • In a pot, mix together: milk, egg,  sugar, flour, corn starch
  • Cook to pudding consistency on medium heat and stirring constantly
  • Add in butter. Once the butter melts, add in vanilla and remove from heat
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl or a blender
  • Blend to smooth out any lumps
  • Add in whipped cream and continue to mix for another 2 minutes
  • Once the cake is fully cooled, roll it out. It is important to separate it from the cooking paper before attempting to fill it with the cream
  • Save some of the cream for decorations. Spread most of the cream on the cake
  • Peel 2 bananas and break them in half
  • Place the bananas at one end of the cake over the cream and gently roll into a log paying attention keeping most of the cream inside the log. Some of the cream will spill out. Don't worry.
  • You can cut the ends if you would like a "perfect" log
  • Spread the remaining cream on the log
  • Decorate with coconut flakes or ground nuts like walnuts
  • Leave in the fridge overnight

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Garlic and yogurt sauce and/or dill is a good compliment to Zucchini dishes. Serve the garlic and yogurt sauce on the side as an option.

3 large zucchinis
1 large onion (or a couple of small), chopped
2 large tomatos (chopped)
2 tablespoons rice
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Dill, chopped (optional)

Garlic and Yogurt sauce (optional)

  • Wash the Zucchinis and clean them using a scraping tool or a fork for a nice design on the outside the Zucchini. Here is a picture of the tool.

  • Put olive oil in a pot
  • Add onions and stir fry them until they are soft
  • Add rest of the ingredients (except dill)
  • Bring to boil.
  • Cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 20 – 25 minutes until zucchini is soft.
  • Serve cold/room temperature.
  • Add chopped dill before serving


This dish is served at room temperature or cold. It is a dish from the Middle East. I don't know the name of it. You can reduce chick peas and increase eggplants or vice versa depending on your preferance.
3 Chinese Eggplants
1 Large Onion (chopped)
¼ cup olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
2 Large Tomatos (chopped) OR 1 tablespoon tomato paste
¼ cup dry chick peas
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ cup water
Chopped parsley for decorations
  • Soak chick peas in water overnight. Next day boil in water and drain. Dry chick peas taste much better than canned but if you do not want the extra work, canned chick peas (drained) would also work. When using canned chick peas, you’ll need to modify cooking to add chick peas in last couple of minutes of cooking
  • Wash eggplants and partially take off the skin. Chop them to small pieces.
  • Put olive oil into a pan and add chopped onions. Stir fry the onions a bit.
  • Add in eggplant, chick peas, and rest of the ingredients. Bring to boil
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook until eggplant is soft. Usually 15 to 20 minutes. Be careful with the water level. It may require you to add more water as it cooks. Add in small amounts.
  • Let it cool in the pot.
  • Transfer to a serving dish. Decorate with chopped parsley