Turkey

Köfte (Turkish meatballs)

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Such a long time ago I know…but I had a very good reason to neglect my blog (exams, thesis etc.) but I’m back for more! ūüôā¬†Let’s move on to¬†our recipe. Today’s dish and the 2nd out of the 3 will be k√∂fte. According to Wikipedia (check link below) it is believed¬†that there are 291 different kinds¬†of meatballs in Turkey. To be honest,¬†I don’t know¬†if there are that many¬†and I haven’t tasted them all¬†but I do know at least 15¬†of them. K√∂fte¬†(in different spellings) is also eaten¬†throughout the Middle East and the Maghreb. You can find them in different shapes and different tastes. It’s up to you to choose the¬†right one to your taste.¬†In Morocco for instance, they¬†add spices like cinnamon and coriander¬†to k√∂fte¬†(or kefta) to give it a sweet flavour.¬†In Turkey and¬†Greece¬†however this is not a common thing to do¬†because¬†k√∂ftes¬†are eaten more spicier. The recipe I am giving is the Turkish version,¬†slighty adapted to my taste ūüôā

ingredients:

  • 500¬†grams minced meat (lamb or beef or a¬†mixture¬†but¬†I prefer beef)
  • 2 onions
  • 3¬†slices of old dry bread or 2 or 3 ¬†tablespoons¬†bread crumbs
  • 2¬†garlic cloves
  • 1 egg
  • Bunch of parsley (flat leave preferred)
  • 2 tomatoes or 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • half a teaspoon oregano (optional)
  • 2¬†teaspoons hot chili flakes
  • salt and pepper

Chop the onions and parsley fine, mince the garlic cloves, add them with the¬†tomatoes and bread crumbs¬†to the meat.¬†Add¬†your spices and beat the egg¬†and start kneading¬†the mixture¬†for about 10 minutes.¬†After kneading,¬†leave it¬†to rest in the fridge¬†for about 3 hours (a day is even better). Take it out of the fridge and shape them¬†into little (flat) balls. Place the k√∂ftes on a tray and bake them¬†in the oven until they get brown. You can also¬†grill them or fry them in a pan. All cooking methods are fine but I prefer the oven because it’s less greasy ūüôā

Serve with¬†Turkish bread, salad and ayran! Or¬†with the cacik sauce ūüėČ

Afiyet olsun!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kofta

Spicy cake with fresh fruit

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Hello all! Long time no see. I’ve been busy¬†with¬†uni and still¬†pulling long hours these days¬†that¬†writing recipes is only possible when I’m¬†feeling¬†ill¬†or tired ūüôā¬†That said, there is this recipe I wanted to share with¬†you weeks ago.¬†A fruitcake or a cake with fruits¬†(and I mean real fruit not dried)¬†with cinnamon and ginger. ¬†This¬†incredibly delicious fruitcake is¬†very light and cheap to make. Very light because it’s low in sugar and low in fat.¬†In Turkey, this¬†cake is especially eaten in fall, when fruit is in abundance or during¬†cold winter days when¬†we need some food to fight our depression (hey any excuse at that point is good¬†to eat¬†cake :)).¬†Good thing is that this recipe is not bound to any specific recipe. You can add all sorts of fruit or spices. Just include your own¬†favourites.¬† I’ve made it with fruits I had home. Next time I will definitely add some¬†raisins or¬†walnuts to it.¬†Yummy with a cup of coffee!

Ingredients (suitable for 10):

  • Fruit: 1 apple, 1 pear,¬†2 mandarins,¬†1 orange, 2 kiwis (I only had one at home)
  • 2,5¬† cups flour
  • 1 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • half a teaspoon ginger powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 sachet baking powder
  • 1 sachet¬†vanilla (5 g)

Chop the fruits into small cubes. Mix with 1 tablespoon of flour (to avoid sinking when baking) and set aside. In a mixing bowl beat the sugar and eggs until creamy. Add the milk and oil to the mixture. Mix the flour, the baking powder and the rest of the ingredients to it. Stir once, then add your fruits. Stir again and put to mixture in a cake pan. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour in preheated oven at 180C.

Enjoy!