Thursday, March 31, 2011

Eggplant & Tofu Topped Pasta (Patlican & Soya Peynirli Makarna)

1 lb any type of pasta, cooked
3 Tbsp canola oil
½ lb firm tofu, drained, cut into cubes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb eggplant, peeled and cut into big cubes
1 red or green bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 Tsp sugar
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tsp salt to taste

Heat canola oil in a large nonstick frying pan over high heat, add tofu, and gently cook, turning tofu occasionally, until browned slightly, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer tofu to a plate.
Add garlic to the same pan and cook. Stir in eggplant and bell pepper and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Add soy sauce, sugar, and salt to taste. Cook until heated through, another 2 minutes. Return tofu to pan and gently stir to coat. Remove from heat and stir in basil leaves.
Serve over pasta or rice if desired.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
1/2 kg makarna, pismis
3 yemek kasigi kanola yagi
250 gr tofu (soya peyniri), suzulmus, kup kup dogranmis
2 dis sarimsak, ezilmis
½ kg patlican, soyulmus, kup seklinde dogranmis
1 kirmizi/yesil biber, dogranmis
1/3 su bardagi soya sosu
1 tatli kasigi seker
¼ su bardagi taze feslegen, dogranmis
1 tatli kasigi tuz

Kanola yagini genis bir tavaya alin. Tofuyu ilave edin ve kizarmaya baslayinca nazikce cevirin ve hafifce her yerleri kizarana dek yaklasik 5 dakika pisirin. Kizarmis tofuyu bir tabaga alin.
Ayni tavaya sarimsagi alin ve biraz pisirdikten sonra, patlican ve biberi ekleyin. Ara sira karistirarak yumusayana dek yaklasik 8-10 dakika pisirin. Soya sosunu, seker ve tuzu ilave edin. Ek olarak 2 dakika daha pisirin. Tofuyu tekrar tavaya alin ve diger malzemeler ile karistirin. Ocaktan alin ve feslegeni ekleyip karistirin.
Makarna ya da pilav uzerine koyarak servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Friday, March 25, 2011

Olive Pogaca (Zeytinli Pogaca)

Special thanks to my dear sister for this nice recipe!

3 Tbsp butter/margarine
9 Tbsp plain yogurt
6 Tbsp canola oil
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp salt
1 egg white (yolk goes for top)
2-3 cups flour
Nigella/poppy seeds for top

Filling:
1 ½ cup sliced black olives

Place all of the dough ingredients in a wide and deep bowl. Mix them all and knead with your hands till the dough gets elastic, non sticky and smooth. Grab egg size pieces of dough and flatten with your palms. Place one tea spoonful of black olives in the middle. Give it an oval shape close it up on top as you see in the picture. Stick the edges pressing with your fingers.
Place the pogacas over a greased oven tray and glaze with egg yolk. Sprinkle with nigella/poppy seeds and bake at preheated 350 F (180 C) oven till they get light brown.
ENJOY

TURKCE
Bu harika tarif icin sevgili kardesime tesekkurlerimi sunuyorum!

3 yemek kasigi tereyagi/margarin
9 yemek kasigi yogurt
6 yemek kasigi kanola yagi
1 ½ tatli kasigi karbonat
1 ½ cay kasigi tuz
1 yumurta aki (sarisi uzerine)
Corek otu/ hashas tohumu
2-3 su bardagi un

Ic malzeme:
1½ su bardagi dilimlenmis siyah zeytin

Genis ve derince bir kaba butun hamur malzemelerini alin. Elastik ve kulak memesi yumusakliginda, puruzsuz bir hamur elde edene dek yogurun.
Hamurdan yumurta buyuyklugunde parcalar koparin elinizle acarak oval sekil verin. Ortasina bir tatli kasigi zeytin koyun ve uzunlamasina kenarlarini yukarida birlestirerek sekildeki gibi parmaklarinizla sikistirarak kapatin.
Pogacalari yaglanmis firin tepsisine aralikli olarak dizin ve uzerlerine ayrimis oldugunuz yumurta sarisini surun. Corek out/hashas tohumu serpin ve onceden isitilmis 180C (350F) firinda uzerleri kizarana dek pisirin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Turkish Milk Pudding with Kadaifi (Kadayifli Muhallebi)

½ lb shredded dough (Kadaifi)
5-6 Tbsp sugar
4-5 Tbsp butter
1 ½ cups walnuts/pecans, largely crushed
½ lb whipped cream

Leave the kadaifi in the freezer for about 1-2 hours prior to use. Then, take it out and crack it into small pieces. Take it to a pot and add butter and sugar. Cook stirring constantly over medium heat until it gets pinkish. Stir in walnuts/pecans and turn the heat off. Let it cool.
Click for the recipe of Turkish Milk Pudding (Muhallebi). Let the Muhallebi cool and add whipped cream. Mix with a mixer until it gets smooth.
Take the half of the kadaifi mixture over a rectangular big Pyrex dish and spread the Muhallebi over. Finally spread the remaining kadaifi mixture over. Cut in square slices and serve.
ENJOY

TURKCE
250-300gr kadayif
5-6 yemek kasigi toz seker
4-5 yemek kasigi tereyagi
1 ½ su bardagi ceviz, kiriklanmis
250 gr krem santi

Kadayifi 1-2 saat kadar derin dondurucuda bekletin. Dondurucudan alin ve kirarak kucuk parcalara bolun. Tencereye alin, tereyag ve sekeri ilave edin. Orta ateste surekli karistirarak rengi pembelesene dek kavurun. Cevizleri ilave edin. Ocaktan alin ve sogumasini bekleyin.
Muhallebinin yapilisi icin tiklayin. Muhallebi soguduktan sonra icine krem santiyi ekleyip mikserle karistirin.
Kadayifin yarisini buyuk dikdortgen borcama yayin. Uzerine muhallebiyi doseyin. Kalan kadayifi uzerine yayin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Monday, March 14, 2011

Minestrone Soup (Sebzeli Italyan Corbasi)

1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, roundly sliced
1 zucchini, chopped
3-4 Tbsp olive oil
1 green/banana pepper, chopped
2 cups tomatoes, crushed
1 ½ cup beans (any kind), cooked
½ cup green beans, cut into bite sizes
1 cup small shaped pasta
½ cup celery stalks, chopped
4 cups hot water (chicken broth)
1/3 cup parsley, chopped (optional)
½ tsp dried basil
1 Tbsp salt to taste
Black pepper to taste

Saute onions and garlic with olive oil for about 3-4 minutes. Stir in carrots, zucchini, celery stalks, peppers and green beans. Cook for 8-10 minutes. Add hot water/chicken broth, beans, tomatoes, pasta, and basil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Stir in parsley. Cook 5 minutes longer or until past is tender. Serve hot.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
1 sogan , dogranmis
2 havuc, yuvarlak dogranmis
1 kabak, dogranmis
3-4 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
1 yesil biber, dogranmis
2 su bardagi domates, rendelenmis/ezilmis
1 ½ su bardagi kuru fasulye, pismis
½ su bardagi yesil fasulye, dogranmis
1 su bardagi kucuk makarna
½ su bardagi kereviz sapi, dogranmis
4 su bardagi sicak su (tavuk suyu)
1/3 su bardagi maydanoz, dogranmis (istege bagli)
1 cay kasigi kuru feslegen
1 yemek kasigi tuz
Karabiber

Soganlari zeytinyaginda yaklasik 3-4 dakika boyunca sote edin. Sonra, havuc, kabak, kereviz saplarini, biberleri ve yesil fasulyeleri ilave edin. Yaklasik 8-10 dakika boyunca ara sira karistirarak pisirin. Tavuk suyu/sicak suyu ilave edin. Kuru fasulye, domates, makarna ve feslegeni ekleyin. Tuz ve karabiberi atin, kaynamaya birakin.
Kisik ateste uzerini kapatmadan 15 dakika kadar pisirin. Maydanozu ilave edin ve 5 dakika ya da makarnalar pisene dek pisirin. Sicak servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Poached Eggs in Yogurt (Cilbir)

1 cup plain Turkish yogurt at room temperature
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
2 eggs
2-3 cups water
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 tsp salt to taste
For top:
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp paprika/cayenne pepper

Add garlic and half of the salt into yogurt and whisk. Take over a serving plate.
Meanwhile, take water, vinegar and the remaining salt in a small pot. Bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat to medium and gently crack the eggs into water side by side. Close the lid and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Take the poached eggs out and place over the yogurt on the serving plate.
In a small frying pan, melt the butter and stir in paprika/cayenne pepper. Once it gets spitting, turn the heat off and pour all over the eggs.
Serve hot/warm.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
1 su bardagi sade yogurt, oda sicakliginda
1-2 dis sarimsak, ezilmis
2 yumurta
2-3 su bardagi su
1 yemek kasigi sirke
1 tatli kasigi tuz
Uzeri icin:
1 yemek kasigi tereyag
1 tatli kasigi kirmizi toz/aci biber

Yogurda sarimsagi ve tuzun yarisini ilave edin. Cirpin ve servis tabagina alin.
Kucuk bir tencerede suyu geri kalan tuz ve sirke ile kaynatin. Kaynadiktan sonra orta atese alin. Dikkatlice yumurtalari yan yana kaynar suyun icine kirin. Kapagini kapatin ve yaklasik 3-4 dakika boyunca pisirin. Pisen yumurtalari tencereden alin ve servis tabagindaki yogurdun icine alin.
Kucuk bir tavada tereyagini kizdirin. Kirmizi toz/aci biberi ilave edin. Kopurmeye baslayinca ocaktan alin ve yumurtalarin uzerinde gezdirin.
Sicak servis edin.
AFIYET OLSUN