Recipes

Pumpkin fritters - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Pumpkin fritters

Deliciously warming pumpkin fritters with feta cheese and chili flakes. A few weeks ago, he returned. Güncü Osman, my pumpkin guy at the weekly market, had been absent since spring….

Tomato & caramelised garlic tart - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Tomato and caramelised garlic tart

The home made tart that embodies the taste of lazy summer days. When I first started experimenting with vegetarian food, before avocados and shakshouka took over and demoted French food…

Syrian baba ganoush - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Syrian baba ganoush

Syrian baba ganoush is even better than the more well-known version with tahini. There’s a little confusion as to what baba ganoush actually is. For long, I thought it unambiguously…

Salmon with fennel and freekeh salad - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Salmon with fennel and freekeh salad

Wonderfully light summer dinner. Norwegian salmon is a strong brand in Turkey, at least among those who can afford it. And why not? Salmon is one of those versatile ingredients…

Tomato salad with purple basil - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Tomato salad with purple basil

Colourful and punchy salad, perfect for the barbecue season. With a few friends coming over, we finally inaugurated this year’s barbecue season over the weekend. Whenever we do barbecues, I…

Summery chicken and pea stew - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Summery chicken and pea stew

Quick and summery midweek dinner with Middle Eastern flavours. In summer, I prefer my food light and simple. With a bounty of vegetables at the peak of their season, much…

Zucchini, garden peas & labneh with za'atar - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Zucchini, garden peas & labneh with za’atar

Keeping it simple and summery. The last few months I’ve traded my local Tuesday market with the much larger Wednesday market in the neighbouring neighbourhood Çarşamba. It’s only a five…

Tomato with risoni pasta and feta yoghurt - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Tomato with orzo pasta & feta yoghurt

Summer on a plate. The Turkish tomato season is finally upon us. For each week that passes, the red fruits of all shapes and sizes become sweeter, juicier and tastier….

Börek with spiced beef and pistachios - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Börek with spiced beef and pistachios

Crispy pastry, beef and lots of aromatic spices. What’s not to like? It’s hard to know where to start with börek. Shapes, textures and fillings can all be varied according…

Shakshuka - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Shakshuka

Shakshuka is, in a broad interpretation, popular throughout much of north Africa. It’s commonly thought to have originated in Libya or Tunisia, though various accounts exist with some claiming its…

Roast cauliflower florets with herb dip - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Roast cauliflower florets with herb dip

Cauliflower is one of the most underrated vegetables. Its unique ability to absorb flavour without using its own character makes it both versatile and perfect as a vehicle for beautiful…

Lamb stew with potatoes and Turkish flavours - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Lamb stew with potato

One-pot lamb stew with potato and TONS of flavour. In Norway, lamb and Easter are inextricably linked. Sure, we do the egg thing, too. But the star dinner of Easter…

Turkish moussaka - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Turkish moussaka (Patlıcan musakka)

Who doesn’t love the combination of meat, aubergine and tomato? While the Greek variety may be more famous, moussaka supposedly originated in Turkey. During Ottoman times, the dish spread far…

No knead sesame bread - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

No knead sesame bread

The bread that goes as well with the weekend breakfast or brunch as it does with dinner. I’ve been making this bread a lot recently. It’s based on the same…