I would like to share the first börek recipe on my blog with you! Börek is a typical Turkish pastry made of thin yufka dough with different fillings. It is served for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack. I have a recipe for a juicy and spicy börek with eggplants. The eggplant pastry tastes delicious and pairs best with a glass of Turkish black tea.
This weekend I finally had time to try a new recipe from my new favorite cookbook Yemek-Rezepte aus Istanbul* (recipes from Istanbul) by Lisa Rienermann and Isabel Lezmi.
When I first looked through the cookbook the recipe for cevizli lahmacun draw my interest, because I never saw a vegetarian version of lahmacun with nuts before. I had vegetarian lahmacun with cheese or even a vegan version with beetroot and jerusalem artichoke at one of my favorite restaurants in Istanbul the Datlı Maya.
I hope with this recipe I can take you on a little trip to Istanbul 🙂
Did you know that you can find wild asparagus in Turkey? I couldn’t believe that either, but when I visited Cappadocia I found it! When the asparagus season started in Germany I read many recipes on blogs and really wanted to eat it. But in Istanbul it was very hard to find fresh and local asparagus. But when I found it in the nature I was thrilled and almost couldn’t stop looking for it.
The most beautiful wild asparagus I found
Gözleme is a typical Turkish savory pastry with a variety of fillings. I ate them many times in many regions of Turkey. I had them for breakfast, lunch or dinner and I always liked them, because they can have so many different stuffing’s.
But it came never in my mind to prepare them by myself, until I read this post about home made Gözleme, on the Australian blog Sad Vegan Girl.
This meal is tasty and easy to prepare, even my boyfriend (who is an omnivore) loves this meatless version of Spaghetti Bolognese. When I found minced soya meat in a normal Turkish supermarket I was surprised. The price was cheap: 300g for 1.50 €. I prepared soya Bolognese in many different versions, with basil, sweet green peppers or fresh tomatoes. The taste was different every time, but always really good!