-HAND-ROLLED TURKISH COUSCOUS/ TRADITIONAL COUSCOUS-

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Serves 8 to 12

Level: medium

Preparing time: 1 hour

Hello everyone!

Today I want to share Traditional homemade Couscous with you because recently my Sister- in- law has sent me homemade Couscous, and Her mother had made it for me, therefore I cooked it and tested it for you it was extremely delicious. I want to say both of  them, so much thanks for making Turkish traditional homemade Couscous.

I know, making your own couscous gives you a difficult, but home made Turkish couscous super taste and it is very cheerfully process because of a sense of wonder at the magic of it all. I remembered when my mom was making our own couscous, how much fun it was and how astonishing the results and making couscous is an expression of love, generosity and hospitality. The process feels celebratory and communal. I want to share couscous making with you, I like to think that there are chefs across the country who are ‘rolling their own couscous ingredients’ –couscous, that is.

There are so many different couscous recipes, which vary from one country to another, but I would like to introduce traditional home made Turkish couscous which is making in Sivas region in Turkey. Sivas has a special place for Turkish Cuisine, with fresh foods unique to the City itself as well as to its districts and villages . In my country , Traditional Turkish couscous is made with hard wheat (Its called Bulgur). Turkish couscous hand-rolled tiny pasta pearls are about 2 mm in diameter and they are made out of a mixture of whole wheat(Bulgur) and eggs, all purpose flour, rolled around a center of bulgur which gives it a elegant that is slight yellow color and unique, special and delicious.

Eating Home-made Turkish Couscous with those tiny balls rolling wonderfully on your tongue, really lift up the eating experience, even a simple serve. It is also very easy to cook, Turkish Couscous unlike the other couscous which can turn mushy if soaked for too long or in too much liquid, Traditional Turkish Couscous can be boiled in salted water, like pasta, until tender.

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FROZEN YOGURT WITH HONEY

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Serve-8

Level- Easy

 

Hello every one!

Recently I have made frozen yogurt, because it’s summer and for my blog anniversary dinner. It’s not difficult to make. If you really love frozen yogurt- there’s nothing better than homemade and you can make Frozen yogurt with just simple ingredients and add your favourite fruit on top it. I made sure the result are smooth, scoopable and so delicious.

Yogurt Benefit ; Yogurt is one of the most popular fermented dairy, and yogurt is highly nutritious and is an excellent source of protein, calcium and potassium. It provides numerous vitamins and minerals, it is low in calories

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– HAPPY 4 YEARS BLOG ANNIVERSARY! –

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-HAPPY 4 YEARS BLOG ANNIVERSARY-

Hello everyone!

I juts wanted to start this post by saying  thank you very much from bottom of my heart for all of your kind words of encouragement, support for my blog. Exactly four year ego, I was hitting the button “Publish’ for the first time and My only desire was to talk and share about my recipe, painting,stories, restaurant review and keep in touch with my friends, family. Lucky for me, many other gorgeous people decided to join me in this fantastic adventure, and helped me, I was excited to create and share to connect the whole world. I feel a deep responsibility to make the most of my time here and serve you the best I can.

Thank you for supporting me be a part of this blog journey.

-BANANA BREAD WITH HONEY-

 

-BANANA BREAD WITH HONEY-

-BANANA BREAD WITH HONEY-

 

Hello everyone!

I have made the cake and tested. The recipe was an old recipe from my family and this recipe is worthy of commendation. This Banana Bread with honey is moist and delicious with loads of banana flavour and it is easy to make, also no need for a mixer. This is an easy recipe that gives perfect result every time and be sure to use ripe bananas. Happy baking!

-Bananas are among the world’s most popular fruit and making them an excellent for snack. Bananas are also very good nutritious, and contain high amounts of fiber , antioxidants and are very low in protein and fat. Unripe bananas are high in starch and ripe bananas contain mostly sugar.

However bananas are good source of several nutrients, including magnesium and potassium(potassium is an important mineral that many people aren’t getting enough of, and it plays a crucial role in blood pressure control and kidney function.),including dopamine, vitamin B6, vitamin C. Also pectin is another type of dietary fiber  that is found in the ripe bananas and pectins may reduce appetite, moderate blood sugar levels after meals. In addition, a medium-sized (118grams) banana contains about 105 calories and bananas contain about 14 grams of sugar.

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HOMEMADE TAHINI BREAD

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Bake time= 8-10 minutes

Level= Easy

Serve=12

Tahini is usually  used to make humus or make dressing for salads or garnish over some vegetable. Using it for bread is uncommon in the world but it is used in Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cuisines and  Turkish cuisine know what they are doing and they make perfect delicious bread or sell rolls with it. Tahini bread is also traditional in Turkey.Tahini bread usually sold in the bakeries in the feast time and fast month. Also Tahini’s versatility has made it very popular all throughout Turkey and they mix tahini with Pekmez.(Pekmez=a jam like substance made from grapes, figs or mulberries.) They usually prepare this mixture for breakfast and it is especially popular during the winter time.

Tahini bread rolls, this delicious soft rolls have a wonderful sesame butter texture, it is also a wonderful alternative for those with nut allergies.Homemade Tahini bread can easily be  made for a family in your kitchen, however this is much easier to make by just following the simple technique I used. It is  very rich and addictive and perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy!

TAHINI HEALTH BENEFITS: Tahini is a seed butter made from sesame seeds that are toasted and ground.Tahini contains more protein than nuts. It’s a rich source of B vitamins (B1, B2, B3,B5 and B15 )that boost energy and brain function. They promote healthy cell growth and including that of red blood cells, which will help prevent Anemia. They support and increase the rate of metabolism, enhance immunity and nervous system function as well as helping to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.Vitamin E , which is protective against heart stroke and heart disease. Also tahini has  important minerals, such magnesium, iron, and calcium. Tahini is very easy to digest and many of its nutrients find their way in to the blood stream within about an hour of  consumption.

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FRESH TOMATO SALSA

 

 

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This salsa recipe is really tasty, fresh, healthy, and made one step. There is no fat or sugar in it and the salsa has the advantage of being a tomato salad.You just need chopped up tomatoes, chiles, fresh green pepper,onions, some lemon juice,parsley and some seasoning. It is very easy to make. Enjoy it!

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RESTAURANT REVIEW/ DEVELI RESTAURANT-ANKARA

 

Inside Develi Restaurant-Ankara/ Turkey.

Inside Develi Restaurant-Ankara/ Turkey.

Hi everyone!

I went there with a few of my friends and we were delighted to sit down for lunch at Develi Kebab Restaurant. We had a nice table by the window. The restaurant located in famous Palestine Street (Filistin Caddesi) in Ankara –Turkey. This restaurant opend at 2016 and the restaurant has some branches in Istanbul and the restaurant is one of the popular restaurant in Turkey. The restaurant’s decoration is very nice, clean, elegant. Inside, the space is extremely welcoming and the guest can see right into the bar. Develi restaurant serving up generous portions of kofte and lahmacun (Turkish pizza) cooked in their restaurant oven and the restaurant takes inspiration from Gaziantep(Antep) traditional rich, flavours, cuisine. They belive fresh is the only way to enjoy food and every meal prepared at the restaurant kitchen is fresh.

When we arrived they brought us some pickled vegetables, warm bread. Then we were handed menus. We ordered some cold starters , one of them was cigkofte (typical Turkish raw meat, and you had to take a small bit of the raw meat, add some fresh lemon juice to it and wrap it into a lettuce leaf, not my favorite bit of the meal but I did enjoy it. Then we ordered Gavurdagi Salad( consist of tomatoes and red onions, green fresh pepper, walnuts and other ingredients) , hummus. I loved the salad and hummus, they were very tasty. We did not order a spate main course each and asked the waiter to bring us a big round lahmacun, ( the round shape Turkish pizza,) and we shared them. The lahmacun was thin and crispy , tasty. We ordered Pistashio Kofte ( which really did taste like pistachio, and Develi restaurant is the creator of Pistashio Kofte.) . And then we ordered Katmer dessert which was rolled baklava pastry with pistachio and natural cream. The portions were generous and came with the ice-cream. The Katmer was also very delicious and they served traditional Turkish tea-free of charge.

I had an excellent meal at Develi Kebab Restaurant and the servis was very nice and we never waited more than 5 minutes for an appetizer, or 15 minutes for our main dish. If you want to order wine, they had adequate of wine and you can try to taste Local Wine. Also they had Turkish Raki. The service was very friendly and attentive with great stuff , a caring restaurant manager.

Finally,The service was very friendly and attentive. Prices are ok, too, considering the quality of the food. We would recommend this restaurant if you want to try the Lokal restaurant and new places for delicious food and a lovely atmosphere.

 

 

Develi Restaurant in Ankara-Turkey.

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Pistachio Lahmacun(Turkish Pizza)

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Katmer(Rolled pastry with pistachio, organic cream).

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Katmer and ice-cream.

 

-Additional information-

Ambience= ****

Food=****

 

ADDRESS= Develi Kebab Restaurant. Filistin Caddesi(Palestine street). No=73 –Cankaya / Ankara- Turkey