Thursday, December 30, 2010

Coconut Topped Cookies (Hindistan Cevizli Kurabiye)

250 gr butter/margarine (~2 sticks), at room temperature
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3-4 cups flour
½ cup coconut flakes/ shreds, for top

Take the white of one egg and keep for using later. Then, take butter/margarine and sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix them to homogenize and then, add eggs. Start adding flour and baking powder. Knead until getting a soft cookie dough.
Sprinkle some flour over the clean counter and place the dough. Flatten the dough with a roller pin about ½ inches thick. Then, cut pressing with a cup’s brim or a smaller cup. Beat the egg white you kept before and brush the cookies with beaten egg white. Take the coconut flakes (preferably shreds) over a flat plate. Then, dip either sides or just tops in coconut. Place them over a greased oven/cookie tray.
Bake in 350F (180C) preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until they get lightly browned.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
250 gr tereyagi/margarin, oda sicakliginda
2 yumurta
1 su bardagi seker
1 tatli kasigi kabartma tozu
3-4 su bardagi un
½ su bardagi hindistan cevizi, uzeri icin

Yumurtanin birinin beyazini daha sonra kullanmak uzere ayirin. Buyuk bir karistirma kabina, seker ve oda sicakligindaki tereyagi/margarini alin. Homojen bir karisim elde edene dek elinizle karistirin. Yumurtayi ilave edin. Karistirmaya devam ederek yavas yavas un ve kabartma tozunu ilave edin. Yumusak bir hamur elde edinceye dek elinizle yogurun.
Tezgahin uzerine un serpistirin ve hamuru merdane ile kucuk parmak kalinliginda acin. Cay bardagi veya su bardagi agziyla bastirarak yuvarlak kurabiyeler kesin. Onceden ayirdiginiz yumurta beyazini catalla cirpin ve fircayla kurabiyelerin her iki tarafina surun. Duz bir tabaga hindistan cevizini alin ve kurabiyelerin her iki tarafini ya da sadece ust kismini hindistan ceviziyle kaplayin. Yaglanmis firin tepsisine aralikli olarak dizin.
Onceden isitilmis 180C (350F) firinda yaklasik 20-25 dakika veya uzerleri hafifce kizarana dek pisirin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Lemon Herb Cod (Limon-Baharatli Morina Baligi)

1 lb cod fillets,
½ lemon’s juice
¼ tsp paprika
½ tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp salt to taste
¼ tsp black pepper

Rinse Cod fillets under cold water and dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt, the herbs and seasoning. Rub the fillets with your hands. Finally pour lemon juice all over and place over the greased Pyrex.
Bake in a preheated 350F (180C) oven for about 30-40 minutes or until they get flaky and cooked. Serve hot with arugula and onion.
ENJOY


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TURKCE
½ kg Morina baligi fileto
½ limonun suyu
½ cay kasigi kirmizi toz biber
1 cay kasigi Italyan baharat karisimi
½ cay kasigi karabiber
1 cay kasigi tuz

Soguk su altinda Morina filetolari yikayin ve kagit havlu ile kurulayin. Elinizle ovarak tuz ve diger baharatlari guzelce yedirin. Sonunda limon suyu ile de ovalayin ve yaglanmis olan borcam tepsiye yerlestirin.
Onceden isitilmis 180C (350F) firinda yaklasik 30-40 dakika ya da uzerleri hafifce kizarana dek pisirin.
Yaninda sogan ve roka ile sicak servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Adana Kebab (Adana Kebabi)

1 lb lean ground mutton
50 gr fat from lamb tail, finely chopped
1 tsp crushed red pepper
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp cumin
1 tsp salt to taste
Skewers or chop sticks

Leave the crushed red pepper in ½ cup of water for about 2-3 hours, to get them softened. Then drain.
Mix all the ingredients with your hands. Grab a fist size mixture and skewer it. Squeeze it on the skewer until it gets smooth and lengthens to acquire the shape shown in the picture. Cook on a grill or oven. You can grill some vegetables as well on the side. Refrigerate the skewered Adana Kebab overnight to get a better flavor.

Serve with warm pita bread and Side Salad for Kebabs
ENJOY

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TURKCE
500 gr yagsiz koyun kiymasi
50 gr kuyruk yagi, cok ince kiyilmis
1 tatli kasigi pul biber
1 cay kasigi karabiber
1 cay kasigi kimyon
1 tatli kasigi tuz
Metal ya da cop sis

Kirmizi pul biber yarim su bardagi su icinde yaklasik 2-3 saat bekletin. Boylece pul biber yumusayacak ve pisirisken yanmayacaktir.
Butun malzemeleri cukur bir kabin icinde iyice yogurun. Yumruk buyuklugunde bir parca alip, sise gecirin. Avucunuzla sikarak, asagi yukari hareket ettirerek resimdeki sekile benzer kebaplar yapin. Bir aksam boyunca buzdolabinda bekletin. Mangal/izgara ya da firinda pisirin. Yaninda cesitli sebzeleri de izgara yapip kebap ile ikram edebilirsiniz.
Adana kebabi sicak lavas ya da pide (pita) ve Kebap Salatasi  ile servis yapin.
Afiyet Olsun

Friday, December 17, 2010

Turkish Panini (Sucuklu-Sebzeli Tost)

1 long sandwich bread
4 slices of sujuk
½ cup spinach, washed
¼ onion, julienne cut
2-3 slices of Mozzarella/Swiss Cheese (any amount)
2-3 slices of tomato
1-2 Tbps olive oil
Salt to taste

Cut the sandwich bread in half and brush both inner sides with olive oil. Stuff with Mozzarella/ Swiss cheese, onion, tomatoes, sujuk and spinach. Sprinkle with salt to taste.
Heat the gridler/Panini maker up. Then, press gently the Panini until the cheese is melted or 2-3 minutes (do not press hard).
Serve hot.
ENJOY

TURKCE
1 tane uzun sandivic ekmegi
4 dilim sucuk
½ su bardagi ispanak, yikanmis
¼ sogan, uzun dilimlenmis
2-3 dilim kasar peyniri/Mozzarella (isteginiz miktarda)
2-3 dilim domates
1-2 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
Tuz

Sandivic ekmegini ortadan ikiye ayirin ve zeytinyagi ile her iki tarafini da yaglayin. Uzerine sucuk, domates, kasar peyniri , ispanak ve sogani yerlestirin. Tuz serpistirin.
Bu sirada tost makinesini isitip kullanima hazir konuma getirin. Hazirladiginiz tostu tost makinasina alin ve uzerinden hafifce bastirarak (cok bastirilmayacak) kasar peynir eriyene dek 2-3 dakika pisirin.
Sicak servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Raspberry Roll Cake (Frambuazli Rulo Pasta)

3 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cold water
3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 cup raspberry jelly or preserves (more if desired or needed)

Prepare roll cake pan with non-stick spray or grease. Line pan with wax paper which has been greased and lightly floured.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with electric mixer approximately 3-4 minutes. Slowly add the sugar while mixing. Beat in water and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Beat until the mixture gets smooth.
Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Pour evenly into prepared pan and bake 12-15 minutes. Loosen edges of cake with a knife. Immediately after removing pan from oven, place a towel that has been dusted with powdered sugar over the top of the roll. Turn the pan upside down on the towel. Carefully remove wax paper. While still hot, roll cake tightly. Cool thoroughly. Then, unroll cake and remove towel.
Spread raspberry preserve/jelly over entire cake. Roll it up and frost with any kind of frosting you like (OR dust with powdered sugar). Cover and chill overnight.
Slice and garnish if desired.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
3 yumurta
1 su bardagi seker
¼ su bardagi su
¾ su bardagi un
2 tatli kasigi kabartma tozu
1 tutam tuz
1 tatli kasigi vanilya
1 yemek kasigi pudra sekeri
1 su bardagi frambuaz receli (istege gore miktari ayarlanabilir)

Dikdortgen firin tepsisini yaglayin ve uzerine yagli kagit yerlestirin. Tekrar yaglayin ve hafifce un serpistirin.
Bir kasede, yumurtalari mikser ile cirpin (3-4 dakika). Yavasca sekeri ilave ederek karistirmaya devam edin. Su ve vanilyayi da ilave edin. Son olarak, un, tuz ve kabartma tozunu ilave edin. Karisim puruzsuz olana dek karistirin.
Firini 200 C (400 F)’ye isitin. Kek karisimini tepsiye dokun ve 12-15 dakika boyunca pisirin. Firindan cikinca, kenarlarini bicak yardimiyla gevsetin. Onceden hazirlanmis olan  ve uzerine pudra seker serpilmis bir havlunun uzerine tepsiyi ters yuz edin. Dikkatlice yagli kagidi cikarin. Kek hala sicakken sikica rulo seklinde havlu ile beraber sarin. (Rulonunu uzerinde pudra sekeri olacak sekilde). Sogumasini bekleyin. Sonra, ruloyu yavasca acin, havluyu alin.
Frambuaz recelini kekin uzerine esit olarak yayin. Tekrar rulo seklinde sarin ve uzerini istediginiz krema ile kaplayin (ya da sadece pudra sekeri serpebilirsiniz). Uzeri kapali olarak buzdolabinda bir gece boyunca bekletin.
Dilimleyin ve arzuya gore susleyerek servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ground Beef Lasagna (Kiymali Lazanya)

12 pieces lasagna
½ lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 cups tomatoes, crushed/petite diced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 tsp tomato paste
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
½ cup hot water
1 Tbsp salt to taste
½ tsp black pepper

Boil the lasagna in salty water according to the instructions on the package (about 7-10 minutes). Drain.
Meanwhile, in a big skillet, take oil and ground beef, sauté over medium heat. Once the ground beef changes color, stir in onions. Saute for 3-4 minutes and add pepper and tomato paste. Cook for a few minutes. Then, add tomatoes, salt and hot water. Cook for about 5 minutes or until tomatoes are cooked. Sprinkle with black pepper and turn the heat off.
Prepare the béchamel sauce using the link. Spread 2 spoonful of tomato mixture over the lasagna tray or Pyrex. Then cover with 3 piece of lasagnas. Divide the tomato mixture in 3 equal parts and the béchamel sauce in 4 parts. Spread one part of béchamel over the first layer of lasagna, followed by the one part of tomato mixture. Then, cover with three pieces of lasagna. Do the same procedure until having 4 layers of lasagna. Spread the remaining béchamel sauce all over the top and cover with shredded mozzarella cheese.
Cover the whole tray with aluminum foil. Bake at 400 F (200 C) oven for 30 minutes. Then, take the aluminum out and continue baking uncovered for about 10-15 minutes or until it gets light brown.
Cut into pieces and serve hot/warm.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
12 parca lazanya
250 gr kiyma
1 sogan, dogranmis
2 yemek kasigi kanola yagi
1 yesil biber, dogranmis
2 su bardagi domates, ezilmis/kup kup dogranmis
1 tatli kasigi domates salcasi
1 su bardagi kasar peyniri, rendelenmis
½ su bardagi sicak su
1 yemek kasigi tuz
1 cay kasigi karabiber

Lazanyalari paketin uzerindeki tarife gore yaklasik 7-10 dakika tuzlu suda haslayin. Bu sirada, buyuk bir tavada yagda kiymayi cevirin. Rengi degistikten sonra sogani ilave edin. Yaklasik 3-4 dakika sote ettikten sonra, biber ve salcayi ilave edin ve pisirmeye devam edin. Son olarak tuzu, domatesi ve suyu ilave edin. Domatesler pisene dek yaklasik 5 dakika kisik ateste pisirin. Uzerine karabiber serpin ve ocaktan alin.
Besamel sosu linkteki tarife gore hazirlayin. Lazanya tepsisi ya da borcam tepsinin altina iki kasik domatesli kiymali harctan koyun ve dibine yayin. Geri kalan harci 3 esit miktara bolun. Besamel sosu 4 paya bolun. Uc parca lazanyayi tepsiye dizin, uzerine boldugunuz besamel sosun bir payini yayin. Onun da uzerine yine bir pay harci esit olarak dagitin. Tekrar 3 tane lazanya ile uzerini kapatin ve ayni sekilde besamel sos ve harctan yayarak toplam 4 kat lazanya olacak sekilde devam edin. Son lazanya tabakasini yerlestirdikten sonra geriye kalan son besamel sos payini esit olarak yuzeye yayin. Kasar peyniri esit olarak dagitin.
Aluminyum folyo ile tepsinin uzerini tamamen kapatin. 200 C (400 F) firinda 30 dakika kadar pisirin. Aluminyum folyoyu cikarin ve yaklasik 10-15 dakika uzeri acik olarak, kizarana dek pisirin.
Dilimleyin ve sicak servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Zucchini with Rice (Pirincli Kabak)

4 zucchinis, cubed
¼ cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 cup tomatoes, crushed/diced
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
½ cup rice, washed and drained
1 carrot, chopped (optional)
1 cup hot water
½ tsp dried basil
1 tsp salt to taste
A pinch of black pepper

Saute onions in olive oil and then, stir in carrots and garlic. Saute for about 2 minutes over medium heat. Add zucchinis and tomatoes. Cook for a couple of minutes and then, add hot water. Once it boils stir in rice and salt. Close the lid and cook over low heat until rice is cooked (for about 20-25 minutes). Turn the heat off and add basil and black pepper.
Serve either cold or hot, with yogurt.
ENJOY

* This is a vegetarian recipe.

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TURKCE
4 tane kabak, kup seklide dogranmis
½ cay bardagi zeytinyagi
1 tane sogan, dogranmis
1 su bardagi domates, ezilmis/doranmis
2 dis sarimsak, ince dogranmis
1 cay bardagi pirinc
1 havuc (istege bagli), yuvarlak dogranmis
1 su bardagi sicak su
1 cay kasigi kuru feslegen
1 tatli kasigi tuz
Bir tutam karabiber

Sogani zeytinyaginda pembelesene dek soteleyin. Havuc ve sarimsagi da ilave edip yaklasik 2 dakika kadar cevirin. Dogranmis kabaklari ve domatesi ilave edin. Orta ateste bir kac dakika pisirin ve sicak suyu ilave edin. Su kaynayinca pirinc ve tuzu ekleyin. Karistirip kapagini kapatin ve kisik ateste pirincler pisene dek 20-25 dakika kadar pisirin. Pistikten sonra feslegen ve karabiber ilave edin.
Ister sicak ister soguk ve yaninda yogurt ile servis yapabilirsiniz.
AFIYET OLSUN

*Bu bir vejeteryan tarifidir.

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