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Baba Ghanoush – Step by Step to Great Results

Baba Ghanoush

What can I say about Baba Ghanoush? I love it. Love it. Love it some more. To me, it is one of the best eggplant appetizers that have been known to the world. Maybe I am biased, because I am an eggplant lover. But I seriously do not know anyone who doesn’t like this delicious Middle Eastern dip. It is made […]

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Artichoke Salad with Carrots and Green Peas

Artichoke Salad with Carrots and Green Peas

Sometimes the fewer the ingredients a salad contains and the brighter and contrasting  the colors, the more appealing it looks, and the more delicious it is, too. Like this salad. It only has three ingredients. Artichoke, carrot, and green peas. Dressed with nothing more than olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. But both appealing to the eye and […]

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Moroccan Chickpea Salad With Onions and Paprika

Moroccan Chickpea Salad

I think Moroccan food is fascinating. This may sound a bit strange as it comes from someone who, to her biggest shame,  has never tried Moroccan food made by Moroccan natives (I am yet to discover a Moroccan restaurant in LA). But she has spent countless hours reading Moroccan cookbooks and visualizing the food and therefore, claims that her statement, although bold, […]

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White Radish and Carrot Salad

Radish Salad

I make the yellow-white salad you see on our expecting-guests table quite often – both for guests and for the family. It is white radish and carrot salad. Super easy to make, delicious and good for you all the way.  I spotted the recipe long ago in two of my favorite Turkish cookbooks -“Sultan’s Kitchen” by Ozcan Ozan and “The […]

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Purslane Salad with Yogurt Dressing

Purslane Salad with Yogurt Dressing

Meet purslane. It is a weed, but a good one. Purslane has succulent fleshy leaves and stems with a slightly acidic flavor close to that of spinach and watercress. This leafy vegetable is offers some neat health benefits; it features in itself Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin C, and some vitamin B, as well as important dietary minerals, […]

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Sautéed Mushrooms – Not your usual kind

Sauteed Mushrooms

I love love mushrooms. I am a mushroom lover in the family. Kid are not big fans. Sadly, albeit my numerous experiments and attempts to fancy up kid-friendly mushroom dishes a.k.a disguise mushrooms to the point that that kids wouldn’t notice, my efforts have not paid off so far  –  kids still frown upon anything mushroom. Things are a bit […]

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Turkish Bulgur Salad

Turkish Bulgur Salad

I have to be punished. I disappeared for the longest time again. Consider this a lame excuse, but I have been trying to adjust to my new life with a full time job, while juggling a zillion other responsibilities and projects my restless persona keeps creating for myself.  I felt a bit overwhelmed at the beginning, but things are much better […]

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Roasted Zucchini Salad with Garlicky Yogurt Dressing

Roasted Zucchini Salad with Yogurt Dressing

I first tried this salad that originates  in the Aegean regions of Turkiye at my dear friend Canan’s house many years ago. I was hooked. A subtle sweetness of roasted zucchini, good old plain yogurt infused with garlic, a drizzle of olive oil with a dash of paprika on top (or, if I am in  a mood for aroma – a sprinkle […]

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Hummus

Hummus

Hummus, the Middle Eastern delight. I love it. Long before I found out hummus was super easy to make, I bought it from stores. Some were delicious, others we not. Then one day I decided to make my own hummus. My first hummus was ok, but not great. But I continued to make it over and over again, each time […]

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Fresh Herb Kükü (Goyerti Kyukyusu)

Azerbaijani Fresh Herb Omlette (Kuku)

This is fresh herb kükü served in Baku’s Carvansarai Restaurant. In Azerbaijan, kükü (read: kyukyu) is the general name given to dishes in which main ingredients – vegetables, herbs, meat, or fish – are bound with eggs, then browned on both sides on a stovetop. It is not to be confused with an omlette as the featured ingredients in a […]

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Roasted Vegetables Baked in Golden Batter

Roasted Vegetables Baked in Golden Batter

Come spring and summer, I crave colorful and bright dishes incorporating all sorts of vegetables. This dish is abundant with them, all bursting with color. Here, red peppers, yellow peppers, red onions, zucchini, and eggplant are first roasted then baked to  golden perfection under a blanket of milky batter that is poured on their tops. This deliciousness is then sprinkled […]

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Chicken Salad with Celery in Yogurt Dressing

Chicken Salad with Celery and Cucumber

This is one of my favorite salads from Turkish cuisine.  I love how the tender chicken breast pairs with crunchy celery, cucumber, and walnuts. I also love the fact that this salad is healthier than most of its mayonnaise laden cousins – the dressing here is good old plain yogurt, mixed, if desired, for a richer taste, with only a […]

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Ukrainian Cabbage Salad

Come warm days, I crave vegetable salads more than anything else. The lighter the salad, the better. Although at times I don’t  mind going for substantial and filling ones. This is a classic Ukrainian salad, very light and healthy. You can serve it as a start-up salad or as a side dish to meats. Enjoy! Ahem..Let met try it in […]

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Wheat Berry Salad with Roasted Vegetables

The inspiration for this salad comes from kisir, my favorite Turkish salad, made of bulgur, fresh vegetables and lots of fresh herbs. In my salad, I roasted the vegetables and tossed them with cooked wheat berries and lots of fresh herbs. A splash of olive oil, lemon juice and pomegranate paste  and you will not want anything else for the […]

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Olive-Walnut-Pomegranate Medley (Zeytun Perverde)

The recipe for zeytun perverde,  a delectable Persian appetizer made of green olives, walnuts, and pomegranate arils, comes from my dear friend Nahid’s mom, aunt Khedije, an exceptional cook of both Azerbaijani and Persian dishes (she is an Azeri living in Iran). Zeytun perverde originates in the North of Iran. If pomegranate is not available where you are, or if […]

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Pomegranate Bracelet – Soo Edible

Pomegranate Bracelet Salad

I went to a Russian school in Azerbaijan. Or to be more precise, it was a mixed school, with half of the students getting their education in the Russian language, with the other half – in Azeri. I was in the Russian half. I remember how as a schoolgirl I was enamored with the writing of the Russian writer Aleksandr […]

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Turkish White Bean Salad (Fasulye Piyazi)

Piyaz is a classic Turkish white bean salad that appears on our table whenever it becomes blissfully carnivorous, especially when we make grilled meats and meatballs (kababs). It goes great as an accompaniment to meats, but hey, I won’t hold it against you if you decide to enjoy it as it is, in all its glory, as part of your […]

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Eggplant Salad with Yogurt and Mint

As you may already know, I can’t have enough of anything eggplanty. I absolutely love the veggie. It is, perhaps, the most versatile vegetable on earth (eggplant haters, did you hear that?). Really, eggplant can take so many forms in cooking – it can be fried, grilled, stuffed, sweetened (yes, they make sweet  eggplant preserve in Morocco and in Azerbaijan […]

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Summer Salad with Marinated Mushrooms

Another summer is slowly coming to a close. I can’t believe how fast it’s been fading away this year. To say goodbye to summer and to welcome fall, I made this fusion salad in which I used  a colorful array of fresh summer vegetables along with marinated mushrooms and pickled cucumbers, both clearly suited better for fall or winter, at […]

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Meat Stuffed Blinchiki (Crêpes)

One of the Russian foods that were imported to Azerbaijan when the country was a part of the Soviet Union, is the Russian pancake called blini, also known as blinchiki (plural for blinchik) in the Russian  speaking world, and as crêpes elsewhere. Blinchiki are great plain, or with a dollop of honey or jam on top. They are also delicious […]

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Tri-Color Bell Pepper Salad

Tri-Color Bell pepper salad is one of my favorite summer salads. It is very simple and refreshing. In this salad, red, yellow and orange bell peppers are first roasted, then mixed with fresh herbs, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. I like to use peppers of different colors as this really makes for an attractive salad, but either color alone […]

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Mushrooms Stuffed with Eggplant, Walnuts and Fresh Herbs

Stuffed Mushroom

Do you ever cook up a recipe in your head before you actually cook it in the kitchen? If the answer is yes, then join my club. That’s what I usually do when I want to put my imagination to test and challenge my creativity in the kitchen. So my head serves as my test kitchen from time to time. […]

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Chicken Salad with Bell Peppers

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Dear friends, Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and wishes you left on my previous post! Here I am again. Up and running, not on my new blog as I promised and thought I would be, but on this old blog of mine I love so much I can’t say good bye to. With that said, today […]

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Mimosa Salad

Salad Mimosa

When I had just launched my blog a little more than 4 months ago, I didn’t know I would soon be receiving emails from around the world from people who at one point in their lives happened to be in Azerbaijan, whether for work or for travel. Some share their stories about the country, some write about their experience with […]

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Liver Pate (Pâté) Roulade

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I know, you are probably saying – Liver? Nah, thank you, I’ll pass it. But wait! Make no mistake – this is not just liver. This is delicious and fancy roulade of liver pate, my favorite appetizer. A very presentable starter that is guaranteed to impress your palate and …well, your guests, too. Azerbaijanis love liver pate. It is a […]

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