Herb Crumbed Fish Recipe inspired by the Venice Fish Market

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The fresh seafood at the Rialto Market in Venice is very impressive. As Venice is located on the Adriatic Sea, the fish is freshly caught every morning. There is an extensive range of fish, maybe twenty different varieties in total, both whole and filleted, shellfish, such as scampi and shrimp, octopus and good looking calamari. The quality and freshness is first class. There is no “fishy” smell and the stallholders present their fish in an attractive manner with plenty of … Read More

Testi Kebap Recipe

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Testi (mug in Turkish) Kebap (meat in Turkish) is basically a stew of meat, tomatoes and some vegetables. There is a high proportion of meat in this stew. The traditional method of cooking is to place the ingredients inside a sealed clay jug. The clay jug is then placed in the coals at the bottom of a tandir, which is a large clay pot oven buried in the earth. This is a traditional meal from Cappadocia. When cooked, the still … Read More

Traditional Turkish Yogurt Soup- Serve Hot or Cold

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  Yogurt soup. Who would have thought? Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey all claim yogurt as their own invention and believe their version is the best. Having been lucky enough to spend time in all 3 countries, I can tell you it is good in all of them. However, I wasn’t quite prepared for the variety of yogurt-based products. Products like labna (strained, thick version of yogurt, becomes more like a spread), kefir (fermented yogurt drink, great for the probiotic benefits), … Read More

Shish Kebaps

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Being an Australian, I take great interest in all things that can be cooked on a BBQ. Maybe it’s something that all males inherit as part of our genetic make up to provide food? The great desire to cook raw meat over a fire is for me, one of life’s great pleasure. I’m sure that there is a more culturally significant description than this but who cares? All I know is that I love BBQ’s and so do most males … Read More

Sultan’s Delight Recipe from the Imperial Kitchen at Topkapi Palace

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This is a fantastic Sultan’s Delight recipe, you will be proud to serve it for family and friends. The recipe dates back 600 years. It originates in the Royal Kitchens at Topkapi Palace in what is now the city of Istanbul. The sultan was so delighted with this meal and the name, Sultan’s Delight, stuck. There are many variations of Sultan’s Delight. We ate it in a restaurant in Turkey and made it at home. We liked the one at … Read More

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