Tips & Tricks

Cooking tips and tricks can change our lives and save us a lot of time. And the most important part is to share these with eachother to avoid these all-too-common cooking mistakes.

Culinary Glossary

If you are wondering about the meaning of some obscure culinary terms, check out this glossary of cooking terms, popular ingredients, terms and techniques. I hope it answers some…

Conversion Tables

As a general rule, Europeans and Australians follow the metric measurement system and Americans follow the imperial system. All of these are approximate conversions, which have…


Summer Style Potato Salad

Potato salads come in many varieties. They make great accompaniments to grilled burgers, hot dogs, steaks or other summer deliciousness. They are favorites of family picnics too. Since Potato salads always satisfy, they can even replace a lunch or supper just by themselves.
Everyone has a favorite potato salad. The secret to my…

Pumpkin Creme Caramel

It's almost time to say goodbye to stop cooking winter vegetables and I am closing the season with a Pumpkin Dessert. Here I come with a wonderful recipe; A combination of pumpkin and creme caramel!
I am sorry to do this to you but what's wrong with loading the soft, sweet and creamy pumpkin with lucious creme caramel! Heavenly…

Stuffed Tomato Surprise

Italian cuisine is one of the best loved cuisine in the world. This recipe I am going to share with you today is a combination of Italian and Turkish cuisine. I have adapted the recipe a bit but the roots are pure Italian. You can make it in advance to allow time for the flavours to combine and intensify and bake the last…


Turkish cuisine owes much of its heritage to the Ottoman Empire cuisine.
This specific dish, Mahmudiye  which dates back to 16th century is named after Sultan Mahmut the Second. In Ottoman cuisine, spices, dried fruit, fresh herbs and nuts played an important role and were vastly included in chicken and meat dishes.


Red Lentil Soup With A Swirl Of Mint & Peppery Oil

Lentil Soup is one of the most popular soups of Turkey. It is is filling, comforting, simple, nutritious and easy. Pairing lentils with vegetables like carrots and potatoes makes this a more flavorful, hearty soup. There's no better way to warm up on a cold day than with a lentil soup. Please try it!

Spinach Balls

These yummy appetizers are always a hit at parties.. Your guests won't be able to stop talking about these spinach balls. They can be served warm or at room temperature and great dipped in yogurt sauces or sauces made with mustard. These can also be frozen unbaked and popped into the oven when unexpected guests pop in. They are…

Quinoa Meatballs

High in protein and fibre, quinoa is a tasty grain-like seed.Quinoa is also a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, and fiber. It looks a bit like couscous and is as versatile as rice, but quinoa has a richer, nuttier flavor than either of them. Cooking quinoa is as easy as cooking rice, only…

Semolina Helva With Almonds

Semolina Helva is one of the simplest dessert recipes. Using only minimal ingredients you can create a very tasty dessert. The amount of sugar can be adjusted to ones liking. Different flavor essences can be added to give it a special twist like orange or lemon rind, vanilla, pine nuts or almonds. As for me I love adding…

Apple And Carrot Cake

This cake has mastered a moist crumb with a dense texture  and  the full flavor of apple and carrots. Pairing this cake with the frosting recipe below, you will find it hard not to have another slice. The poppy seeds add an interestin texture and make it super tasty.

Pilaki / Haricot Bean Stew

Pilaki is a style of Turkish meze and may refer to several dishes that are cooked in a sauce made out of onion, garlic, carrot, potato, tomato or tomato paste, sugar, and olive oil. Beans prepared in this style (fasulye pilaki, with white beans / haricot beans /pearl beans / navy beans  or barbunya pilaki, with borlotti beans)…

Bulochki With Marmalade Filling

The essential part of every nation is its cuisine. Before the 17th century Russian cuisine was quite plain and natural, without any gourmet luxuries. An old Russian saying says "Porridge is our mother, bread is our father".

From the very early times in Russia they used dough to make noodles, brown rye bread, blochki and other…

Kotleti Po-Kievski

This dish is considered Ukrainian in origin and takes its name from the capital of Ukraine, Kiev. "Kotlety po-kievski" is seasoned butter rolled up in breaded chicken breasts. It’s a delicious dish, great for very special occasions like family birthdays, sunday dinners or for friends. The seasoned melted butter oozes out when…

Spinach Börek/ Spanakopita

Spinach borek is both a Turkish and Greek authentic savory pastry. It is in the borek family of pastries with a filling of chopped spinach, feta cheese, onions or scallions, eggs, and seasoning that are all enfolded by crispy, flaky phyllo dough.

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