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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…

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…

Spinach and jerusalem artichoke salad - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

3 exciting side salads for winter

A few years ago I decided it was time to eat more veggies. One way of doing it has stayed with me ever since: A fresh salad with dinner. Every…

Chunky lentil & vegetable soup - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Chunky lentil & vegetable soup

My favourite soup this winter. For years, lentil soup has been my go-to everyday soup. You know, the puréed silky smooth kind. And because the lentils are so full of…

Roast carrot salad with coriander - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Roast carrot salad with coriander

There’s a reason the carrot is a common vegetable in almost any cuisine. Its versatility is incredible – it’s as crucial to develop flavours in a good stock or soup…

Pumpkin & chickpea stew - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Pumpkin & chickpea stew

Snow is forecast for the weekend! Snow and freezing weather. And it’ll last five days. That’ll be fun. Snow in Istanbul is actually not at all uncommon. Every year, a…

Tabbouleh with pomegranate - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Tabbouleh with pomegranate

Its origins are in what we today call Lebanon. It contains flat-leaf parsley, bulgur and tomato. Therein lies virtually all of what is agreed upon when it comes to tabbouleh….

Syrian lentils - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Syrian lentils

Have you heard of #cookforsyria yet? Following an initiative by instagrammer Clerkenwell Boy, Cook for Syria is a month-long fundraising initiative focused around Syrian cuisine. Virtually all of my favourite…

Hummus tehina - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Silky smooth and creamy hummus

– You made hummus from canned chickpeas?! I still remember the disbelief in the tone of voice. The voice belonged to one of my Israeli friends, speaking to a fellow…

Turkish aubergine in tomato sauce (Soslu patlıcan) - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Aubergine in tomato sauce (Soslu patlıcan)

The aubergine is the undisputed king of vegetables in the Turkish kitchen. Ok, I know aubergines are technically fruits, but I’m thinking these days more than ever it’s important to…

Hummus mashawsha - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Hummus msabbaha

If you know just one dish from the Middle East, chances are it’s hummus. Or hummus tehina, to be precise, though I don’t know of anyone who uses its full…

Aubergine with green tahini sauce - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Aubergine with green tahini sauce

I’m suspicious of anyone who says they don’t like aubergine. Not only because I love aubergine. But because this is such a versatile ingredient that can be prepared in such…

Spiced chickpeas with chopped salad - Recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Spiced chickpeas with chopped salad

I probably spend more time in kitchen than most. A lot more time, even. But sometimes, more often in fact than one would perhaps think, dinner needs to be ready…

Chopped salad with chickpeas and spicy dressing

There’s something about market days. People, mostly middle-aged women, because in Turkish homes, there’s always a woman in charge in the kitchen, make their way to the same stalls in the…