Vegetarian

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

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

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…

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 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….

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

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…

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…

Aubergine with cumin yoghurt

Who doesn’t love roast aubergine with yoghurt sauce, beautifully arranged on a big colourful plate? Aubergine is one of my favourite things to eat. Rare is the week where an…

Charred leeks with dill yoghurt and walnuts

Leeks can be delicate and exciting. It’s easy to think of the leek as a slightly boring vegetable, a little old-fashioned even. It is perhaps considered a little too unrefined…

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…

Ayran (Turkish yoghurt drink)

If you’ve ever been to Turkey you’ve probably come across ayran. This much beloved yoghurt drink is pretty much omnipresent in the country and is especially popular alongside kebabs.. Ayran…

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

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…

Turkish feast pilaf (İç pilavı)

After 18 months in Turkey, I think I can safely say that Turkish hospitality lives up to its (high) expectations. I’ve had the pleasure of encountering it on countless occasions,…