Thursday, August 7, 2014

Swiss Chard and Eggs (Yumurtali Pancar Yapragi)

1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2-3 eggs
1 tomato, diced
½ tsp tomato paste (optional)
2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onions with olive oil over high heat until the onions are caramelized. Then, add the stems of Swiss chard and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add tomato paste and tomatoes. Cook over medium heat until the stems are soft. Stir in the leaves and cook until they are softened. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Make room for the eggs and crack the eggs. Sprinkle some salt on top. Cook until the egg whites get solid without disturbing the egg yolk.
Serve warm.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
1 demet pancar yapragi, dogranmis
1 kucuk sogan, dogranmis
2-3 yumurta
1 domates, dogranmis
½ tatli kasigi domates salcasi
2 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
Tuz ve karabiber

Sogani zeytinyaginda pembelesene dek kavurun. Pancar yapraginin sadece sap kisimlarini ilave edin ve 2-3 dakika soteleyin. Domates salcasi ve domatesi ilave edin. Sap kisimlari yumusayana dek orta ateste pisirin. Pancar yapragini da ilave edin ve hepsi yumusayana dek pisirin. Tuz ve karabiber serpin.
Tavanin dibinde yumurtalar icin yer ayirin ve yumurtalari kirin. Uzerine biraz tuz serpin ve yumurtlalarin beyazi sertlesene dek pisirin.
Sicak servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beet Salad (Pancar Salatasi)

1 lb fresh beets
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1 Tbsp chives or scallions, chopped
½ tsp salt to taste

Boil the beets for about 15-20 minutes. Drain and run cold water over. Then, peel the outer layer off with your hands. It should come off easy. Either slice in rounds or quarters as in apple slices (I did in rounds).
Take the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix them well. Take the beets slices over the serving plate and pour the sauce all over. You may toss the beet slices gently to mix the sauce evenly, then leave them in the fridge for 1-2 hours for a better flavor.
If desired serve with feta cheese or goat cheese.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
½ kg taze pancar
1/3 su bardagi sizma zeytinyagi
1 yemek kasigi balsamik sirke
2 yemek kasigi limon suyu
1 yemek kasigi taze maydanoz, ince dogranmis
1 yemek kasigi yesil sogan, dogranmis
1 tatli kasigi taze feslegen yapragi, dogranmis
½ tatli kasigi tuz

Pancarlari yaklasik 15-20 dakika haslayin. Suyunu suzun ve soguk su altina tutun. Pancarlarin ust kismindaki kabukumsu tabakayi elinizle soyun ve halka veya elma dilimi seklinde dograyin (ben halka seklinde dogradim). 
Bir karistirma kasesine geriye kalan butun malzemeleri alin ve guzelce karistirarak sosu hazirlayin.
Pancar halkalarini servis tabagina dizin ve uzerine her yeri kaplayacak sekilde sostan dokun. Arzuya gore sosu doktukten sonra pancaralari harmanlayip dolaba koyarak 1-2 saat bekletebilirsiniz. Bu sayede sos pancarlarla daha guzel butunlesecektir.
Yaninda beyaz peynir ile servis edebilirsiniz.
AFIYET OLSUN

Friday, March 7, 2014

Rolled Pastry (Rulo Borek)

3 Turkish yufka
1 cup ricotta cheese
½ cup parsley, finely chopped (optional)
¾ cup milk
½ cup canola oil
1 egg
1 Tbsp yogurt
1 pinch salt to taste

Mix the ricotta cheese and parsley. Meanwhile, mix canola oil, milk, egg and salt for the sauce.
Place one Turkish yufka on a flat surface and spread the 1/3 of the sauce all over it equally. Place the second yufka on top and spread the ricotta mixture over evenly. Then, place the third yufka over and spread the other 1/3 of the sauce all over. Roll it over to a long log. Cut it in half and leave in the freezer for up to 2-4 hours.
Then, take the rolls out of the freezer and slice them in ½ inch thick and place over a greased oven tray. Add the yogurt to the remaining sauce, mix and spread it all over the borek slices. Bake them in the preheated 400F (200C) oven for 30-40 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
Serve them hot/warm.
ENJOY

TURKCE
3 yufka
1 su bardagi lor peyniri
½ su bardagi maydanoz, dogranmis (istege bagli)
½ su bardagi kanola yagi
¾ su bardagi sut
1 yumurta
1 yemek kasigi yogurt
1 tutam tuz

Lor peynir ve maydanozu karistirin. Sos malzemeleri olan; sut, kanola yagi, yumurta ve tuzu cirpin.
Yufkanin birini masaya yayin ve sos karisimin ucte birini uzerine yayin. Uzerine ikinci yufkayi yayin ve her yerine esit olacak sekilde lorlu ic malzemeyi yayin. En ustune son yufkayi yerlestirin ve sos malzemesinin 3 e boldugunuz 2. kismini yayin. Son kalan 3. kisim firina vermeden once boreklerin uzerine yayilacak. Son olarak, ust uste koydugunuz yufkalari uzun bir rulo olacak sekilde gevsek bir sekilde sarin. Ruloyu ortadan ikiye kesin ve buzlukta 2-4 saat kadar bekletin.
Buzluktan cikan rulolari 1-2 cm kalinliginda dilimleyin ve yaglanmis firin tepsisine yerlestirin. Uzerlerine geriye kalan sosa 1 kasik yogurdu ekleyin ve boreklerin uzerine kasikla dokun.
Onceden isitilmis 200C (400F) firinda yaklasik 30-40 dakika uzerleri kizarana dek pisirin.
Sicak servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Salmon Patties (Somon Baligi Koftesi)

1 ½ cups cooked salmon OR canned salmon, drained
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1 green onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
3-4 Tbsp olive oil
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp salt to taste
1 cup corn meal (optional)
 
Place salmon in a medium mixing bowl. Flake apart with a fork; remove any bones and skin. Add egg, onions, parsley, celery, salt and pepper; mix well. Shape the mixture into 8 patties, about 2-3 inches wide. If desired roll them in corn meal (optional).
Heat the olive oil in the pan over medium heat. Cook salmon patties until the undersides are golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.
ENJOY
 
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TURKCE
1 ½ su bardagi pismis somon baligi YA DA konserve, suzulmus
1 yumurta, cirpilmis
1 kucuk boy sogan, minik dogranmis
1 yesil sogan, minik dogranmis
1 kereviz sapi, minik dogranmis
2 yemek kasigi maydanoz, dogranmis
3-4 yemek  kasigi zeytinyagi
1 cay kasigi taze ogutulmus karabiber
1 tatli kasigi tuz
1 su bardagi misir unu (istege bagli)
 
Somon baligini bir karistirma kabina alin. Catal yardimiyla ufak parcalara ayirin, kilcik ve derisini ayirin. Sonra, yumurta, sogan, maydanoz, kereviz, tuz ve karabiberi ilave edip guzelce karistirin. 8 tane kofte olacak sekilde 5-8 cm capinda kofteler yapin. Istege bagli olarak misir ununda yuvarlayabilirsiniz.
Kizartma tavasinda zeytinyagini kizdirin ve orta ateste somon baligi koftelerini her iki tarafi da kizarana dek (3-4 dakika) pisirin. Yaninda linon ve tartar sosu ile servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN
 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Creamy Chicken Soup (Tavuk Corbasi)

1 chicken breast/thigh
1 onion
1 cup celery stalk, chopped
2 Tbsp flour
2-3 Tbsp butter
½ cup orzo/vermicelli
3 Tbsp yogurt
1 egg yolk
1-2 gloves garlic, minced
4-5 cups water
2-3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp salt to taste
1 tsp black pepper

Boil the chicken breast/thigh, whole onion and the celery until the chicken meat is tender. Then, discard the onion and celery. Chop the chicken in small pieces and let the chicken broth cool.
In a pot, sauté butter and flour over medium heat until the flour gets yellow. Then, add cooled chicken broth and salt. Bring to a boil. Add orzo/vermicelli, chicken meat and garlic.  Cook for about 6-8 minutes until the orzo/vermicelli is tender. Meanwhile, whisk egg yolk, yogurt and lemon juice very well. Laddle some soup into the sauce and mix slowly to warm the sauce. Then, stir in the sauce into the soup. Sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper and serve hot.
ENJOY
TURKCE
1 tavuk gogsu/sarma
1 sogan
1 su bardagi kereviz sapi, dogranmis
2 yemek kasigi un
2-3 yemek kasigi tereyag
½ su bardagi arpa/tel sehriye
3 yemek kasigi yogurt
1 yumurta sarisi
1-2 dis sarimsak, dovulmus
4-5 su bardagi su
2-3 yemek kasigi limon suyu
1 yemek kasigi tuz
1tatli kasigi karabiber

Once tavuk gogsu/sarma  butun soyulmus sogan ve iri dogranmis kereviz saplarini 4-5 bardak su ile haslayin. Sogumaya birakin. Icinden butun sogani ve kerevizleri atin. Haslanmis tavuk etini de kucuk kucuk dograyin.
Bir tencerede tereyagi ve unu sararincaya kadar orta ateste kavurun. Sonra soguyan tavuk suyunu ilave edin. Tuzu ilave edin. Kaynamaya baslayinca; sehriye, sarimsak ve tavuk etini ilave edin. Sehriyeler pisene dek 6-8 dakika kadar kisik ateste kaynatin. Bu sirada bir kasede; yumurta sarisi, yogurt ve limon suyunu guzelce cirpin. Corbadan bir kepce alin ve yavasca karistirarak terbiyesine ilave edin. Sonra, yine karistirarak terbiyeyi corbaya ilave edin. Karabiber serpin ve sicak servis yapin.
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...