Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pinto Bean Stew (Zeytinyagli Barbunya)

2 lb pinto beans
1 big onion, chopped
1 ½ cup tomatoes, diced
2 carrots, cut into cubes
1/3 -½ cup olive oil
1-2 green pepper, chopped
1 Tbsp salt to taste
3-4 cups hot water
Fresh parsley or dill for top

Take onion and olive oil in a pot and sauté over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Then, stir in peppers and cook for a few minutes. Add carrots and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until they get crushed. And then, add pinto beans. Cook for about 5-6 minutes stirring occasionally. Add hot water and salt to taste. Bring to a boil and close the lid. Cook over low-medium heat until pinto beans are soft.
Take Pinto Bean Stew into serving plates and serve with fresh parsley or dill on top.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
1 kg barbunya
1 buyuk boy sogan, dogranmis
1 ½ su bardagi domates, kup seklinde dogranmis
2 havuc, kup seklinde dogranmis
1/3-1/2 su bardagi zeytinyagi
1-2 yesil biber, dogranmis
1 yemek kasigi tuz
3-4 su bardagi sicak su
Uzeri icin taze maydanoz ya da dereotu

Tencereye zeytinyagi ve sogani alin. Orta ateste yaklasik 3 dakika kadar sote edin ve biberleri ilave edin. Bir kac dakika soteledikten sonra havuclari ilave edin. Yaklasik 3-4 dakika soteleyin ve domatesleri ekleyin.
Domatesler ezilene dek yaklasik 3-4 dakika pisirin. Barbunyayi ilave edin ve ara sira karistirarak 5 -6 dakika kadar pisirin. Sicak su ve tuzu ilave edin. Kaynayinca kapagini kapatin ve kisik ateste barbunyalar yumusayana dek pisirin.
Servis tabaklarina alin ve uzerini maydanoz ya da dereotu ile susleyerek servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Friday, July 23, 2010

Kunefe

500 gr (~1lb) shredded dough
4 Tbsp butter
300 gr unsalted cecil cheese (mozzarella works too)
3 cups sugar
3 cups water
Ground pistachio for garnish

In a pot, prepare the syrup mixing 3 cups of sugar and 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Then turn the heat off and let it cool.
Melt the butter and pour all over the shredded dough. Mix it using your hands and make sure they get mixed up well. Meanwhile, split the shredded dough into small pieces by pulling them apart with your fingers. Grease a middle size oven tray or Pyrex. Then, spread half of the shredded dough and press down using your hands. Slice unsalted cecil cheese or Mozzarella (about ¼ inch thick). Place sliced cheese over the shredded dough evenly and then, cover with the remaining half of the shredded dough. Again press down to compress using your hands.
Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C) and bake Kunefe until the top turns light brown. Then, take it out of the oven and turn upside down with the help of a flat tray. Again bake until the other side turns light brown. Pour the cooled syrup all over the hot Kunefe and set aside for 5-7 minutes before serving.
After the syrup is absorbed slice the Kunefe as you like and garnish with ground pistachio.
ENJOY

TURKCE
500 gr tel kadayif
4 yemek kasigi tereyag
300 gr tuzsuz cecil peyniri
3 su bardagi seker
3 su bardagi su
Ogutulmus antep fistigi (uzeri icin)

Bir tencerede, 3 su bardagi seker ve suyu kaynatin, sogumaya birakin.
Tereyagini eritin ve tel kadayifin uzerinde gezdirin. Elinizi kullanarak tereyaginin kadayif icinde guzelce karismasini saglayin. Bu sirada, elinizle tel kadayiflari cekerek mumkun oldugunca kucuk parcalara bolun. Orta boy bir tepsiyi yaglayin ve tel kadayifin yarisini tepsinin dibine doseyin. Elinizle ustten bastirarak tel kadayiflari iyice sikistirin. Dilimlediginiz tuzsuz cecil peynirini (yaklasik ½ cm kalinliginda) tepsideki tel kadayifin uzerine esit sekilde doseyin. Son olarak tel kadayifin diger yarisini peynirlerin uzerine yayin ve yine uzerinden elinizle bastirarak sikistirin.
Onceden isitilmis 200 C (400 F) firinda uzeri kizarana dek pisirin. Uzeri kizardiktan sonra firindan cikarin ve duz bir tepsi yardimiyla kunefeyi alt ust edin. Tekrar firina verin ve ters cevirdiginiz yuzu de kizarana dek pisirin. Firindan cikardiginiz sicak kunefenin uzerine soguk serbeti gezdirerek dokun. Yaklasik 5-7 dakika sonra suyunu cekecektir. Istediginiz sekilde dilimleyin ve uzerine cekilmis antep fistigi serperek servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rice with Tomatoes (Domatesli Pirinc)

1 medium onion, finely chopped
3-4 Tbsp olive oil
3 big ripe tomatoes, finely chopped/crushed (2 cups)
3 banana peppers, chopped (optional)
1 cup rice, washed and drained
1 tsp salt to taste
½ tsp sugar
3 cups hot water
Fresh basil or dill for top

Take olive oil and onion in a pot. Saute over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes. Stir in peppers and saute for additional 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook over medium heat until they get soft, stirring occasionally.
Stir in hot water and bring to a boil. And then, add rice, salt and sugar. Cover and simmer over low heat until the rice is cooked.
Let it rest for 10-15 minutes before serving. Garnish either with fresh basil leaves or dill.
ENJOY

TURKCE
1 orta boy sogan, kucuk dogranmis
3-4 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
3 iri olgun domates, kucuk dogranmis/rendelenmis (2 su bardagi)
3 yesil biber, dogranmis (istege bagli)
1 su bardagi pirinc, yikanmis
1 tatli kasigi tuz
1 cay kasigi seker
3 su bardagi sicak su
Uzeri icin taze feslegen ya da dereotu

Tencereye zeytinyagi ve sogani alin, orta ateste 2-3 dakika soteleyin. Biberi ilave edin ve 2-3 dakika daha sote edin. Domatesleri ilave edin ve ara sira karistirarak yumusayana dek orta ateste pisirin.
Sicak suyu ilave edin ve kaynamaya birakin. Pirinc, tuz ve sekeri ilave edin. Kapagini kapatip kisik ateste pirincler pisene dek pisirin.
Servis etmeden once 10-15 dakika dinlendirin. Uzerini taze feslegen ya da dereotu ile susleyerek servis edin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Mosaic Cake (Mozaik Pasta)

1 lb Petit Beurre or Social thin tea biscuits 10 tbsp brown/white sugar 7-8 tbsp butter/margarine, melted ½ cup milk ½ cup walnuts/peca...