Category Archives: Food

Visit Kadikoy like a local: five top tips*

I’m a long time Kadikoy resident and I love it. The maze of backstreets with no names where it’s easy to get lost as you stop and stare, duck in and out of little shops to taste and touch and … Continue reading

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Traditional Turkish drinks

In Turkey, all traditional drinks come with their own history. Whether it’s the better known tipples like rakı, ayran and tea (soon to have its own dedicated post) or one of the more local, acquired tastes, each drink has its … Continue reading

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Faces in the Street – less well known Turkish crafts

In my library on Turkey, I have a lovely little brightly coloured pamphlet style book filled with the kind of garish photos I used to see on postcards when I first travelled in Turkey in 1990. This book dates from … Continue reading

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Turkish Ice Cream – At a stretch

In Turkey, when you a buy a fridge, they don’t tell you how many litres it holds. Instead, they tell you how much Turkish ice cream it can store. Not just any ice cream though. Called dondurma, literally meaning ‘freezing’ … Continue reading

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Turkish markets – from A(pples) to Z(ucchinis)

Everyday, in a suburb somewhere in Istanbul, a weekly street market is being held. One of the one of the many traditions brought to the big city from small towns and villages, vibrant, crowded, noisy Turkish markets persist, despite the … Continue reading

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Turkish food: A few of my favourite (edible) things

Looking back over my posts I’ve noticed that apart from one or two specific pieces, I have written very little about Turkish food. This certainly isn’t because I don’t like it! On the contrary I love it, and am known … Continue reading

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Coffee fortune telling – Fal

Those of you who live in Turkey will know that brunch is almost an institution. Lazy Sunday mornings that stretch into endless afternoons where you eat too much, gossip a lot, and just enjoy yourself. Then comes fal, or coffee … Continue reading

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Turkish seasonings – A Touch of Spice

In a little known film set in Istanbul spanning the last century, Turkish seasonings play an important role. In Turkey herbs and spices  represent the continuity of history as well as the diversity within cultures. After interviewing my baharatçı, my … Continue reading

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Turkish Delight – A Mouthful of Dreams

“Turkish Delight – A Mouthful of Dreams” comes from my book “Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries”. Click here to buy your copy today – available as an ebook or in paperback. When I was at high school I studied … Continue reading

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