Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pickled Jalapenos (Jalapeno Tursusu)

1 lb fresh jalapenos, washed and sliced
¾ cup vinegar
1 cup water
8-10 cloves of garlic
1 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp black peppercorns
1-2 bay leaves (optional)

Pack the sliced jalapenos (preferably tight) into clean glass jars along with the garlic, bay leaves and black peppercorns. Leave some space (1 inch) on top. Add salt and sugar on top. Then, fill the jars with vinegar and water up to top. Close the lids tight and shake the jars up for a couple of times so that the salt and sugar will be dissolved and evenly distributed.
Age several weeks at room temperature (preferably in dark) before using or keep refrigerated up to 2 months if you are not planning to use them earlier.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
½ kg taze jalapeno biberi, yikanmis ve ince dilimlenmis
¾ su bardagi sirke
1 su bardagi su
8-10 dis sarimsak
1 yemek kasigi tuz
2 yemek kasigi seker
1 tatli kasigi tane karabiber
1-2 tane defne yapragi

Dilimlenmis jalapeno biberlerini sarimsak, karabiber ve defne yapraklari ile birlikte cam kavanozlara doldurun (tercihen siki sekilde). Ust kisminda yaklasik 2 cm kadar bosluk birakin. Sonra, tuz ve sekeri ilave edin. Ardindan kavanozlarin agzina kadar sirke ve suyu ekleyerek kapaklarini sikica kapatin. Bir kac defa kavanozlari alt ust ederek tuz ve sekerin esit olarak karismasi icin nazikce calkalayin.
Oda sicakliginda (tercihen karanlik bir ortamda) 1-2 hafta fermente olmaya birakin veya eger tursuyu hemen tuketmeyecekseniz buzdolabinda 2 aya kadar saklayabilirsiniz.
AFIYET OLSUN

Friday, May 18, 2012

Turkish Hash Browns (Patates Mucveri)

3-4 medium size potatoes
1 onion
1 egg
¼ tsp baking soda (optional)
4-5 sprigs fresh parsley
Mint
Salt to taste
Black pepper
½ cup flour
Canola oil for frying

Peel the potatoes and shred. If desired rinse the starch and drain. Otherwise drain the excess starch liquid in the bottom. Shred the onion and garlic or just use the food processor. Chop the parsley finely and combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. If you prefer crispy hash browns skip the baking soda otherwise add the baking soda for fluffy and soft hash browns.
Heat the canola oil in a frying pan and add a spoonful mixture and give any shape you like (preferably as in the picture) by pressing gently on top. Fry both sides evenly and take over a serving plate. Serve warm.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
3-4 orta boy patates
1 sogan
1 yumurta
1-2 dis sarimsak
½ cay kasigi karbonat (istege bagli)
4-5 dal maydanoz
Nane
Tuz
Karabiber
½ su bardagi un
Kizartmak icin kanola yagi

Patatesleri soyun ve rendeleyin. Isterseniz sudan gecirerek biriken nisastayi yikayabilir ya da yikamadan sadece biriken suyu suzebilirsiniz. Sogan ve sarimsaklari rendeleyin yada mutfak robotundan gecirin. Maydanozu ince ince dograyin. Butun malzemeleri genis bir kapta karistirin.
Eger mucverlerin yumusak olmasini tercih ederseniz karbonat ilave edin, eger kitir kitir severseniz karbonat ilave etmeyin.
Kizartma tavasina kanola yagini alin ve iyice kizdirin. Yaklasik bir yemek kasigi dolusu malzemeyi kizgin yaga yavasca birakarak uzerinden hafifce bastirarak yuvarlak ya da oval sekil verin. Her iki tarafini da guzelce kizartin. Servis tabagina alin ve sicak servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Leeks with Chicken Liver (Tavuk Cigerli Pirasa)


1 lb chicken liver
1 lb leeks
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup tomatoes, petite diced
¼ cup hot water
¼ tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp salt to taste
½ tsp fresh black pepper

Wash and drain chicken livers and cut them in bite sizes. Heat the olive oil in a pot and then add the chicken livers. Saute over medium heat until they turn brown. Meanwhile clean and chop the leeks. Add the leeks and continue sautéing over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes. Then, add the tomatoes, crushed red pepper and salt to taste. Add the hot water, give a stir and cook over low medium heat with the lid on. After 20-30 minutes add black pepper and turn the heat off.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
½ kg tavuk cigeri
½ kg pirasa
2 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
1 su bardagi domates, kucuk dogranmis
¼ su bardagi sicak su
½ cay kasigi aci pul biber
1 tatli kasigi tuz
1 cay kasigi taze ogutulmus karabiber

Cigerleri yikayin ve suyu suzulunce irice dograyin. Zeytinyagini tencereye alin ve dogranmis cigerleri tencereye ilave edin. Orta ateste cigerler kahverengi olana dek sote edin. Bu sirada pirasalari yikayin ve dograyin. Tencereye ilave edin ve yaklasik 3-4 dakika daha sote edin. Sonra, domates, pul biber ve tuzu ilave edin. Sicak suyu ilave edin, karistirin ve kapagi kapali olarak yaklasik 20-30 dakika kisik ateste pisirin. Uzerine karabiber serpin ve sicak servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Homemade Mediterranean Olives (Evde Sele Zeytini Yapimi)


2 kg (~4 lb) ripe uncured black olives
750 (~1 ½ lb) gr pickling salt/kosher salt
1/3 cup canola/vegetable oil

Wash and drain the ripe uncured black olives. Preferably use a glass jar (3 liter volume will work) and layer with olives and salt till fitting all the olives in the jar. Place in a dark and cool place. Turn the jar upside down every day to help the salt pieces to move around evenly for about 25 days. Drain if there is water collected in the bottom. After doing this for 25 days curing will be completed. Transfer the olives over a wide big bowl and take the olives and leave the salt. You can either take the olives into the same jar or use another container. Add some canola/vegetable oil and mix all olives. Keep the olives in the refrigerator or a cool place.
ENJOY
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TURKCE
2 kg taze zeytin
750 gram iri tuz/kaya tuzu
100 ml zeytinyagi/kanola yagi

Zeytinleri yıkayıp suyunu suzun. Tercihen cam kavanoza (3 litrelik yeterli) bir kat zeytin bir kat tuz olarak dizin. Tercihen karanlik ve serin  bir yerde saklayin. Her gun kavanozu alt ust ederek calkalayin. Tuzların yer değiştirmesini sağlayarak bu işlemi 25 gün boyunca tekrarlayin. Biriken suyu varsa surekli suzulur. Sonra geniş bir kaba bosaltin ve zeytinleri tuzun içinden alarak tekrar cam kavanoza veya başka bir kaba alın. Uzerine kanola yaği dokun ve zeytinlerin her tarafına esit olarak yayılması sağlayin. Serin bir yerde veya buz dolabında saklayin.
Zeytinler afiyetle yemeye hazirdir.
AFIYET OLSUN