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Gavurdagi Salad Variation with watercress, pomegranates, walnuts

Gavurdagi Salad Variation with pomegranates, watercress and walnuts – image credit; jennychef.com

There is one tomato salad that you often come across wherever you are in Turkey; Gavurdagi Salad. Named after the Gavur mountain, part of Tarsus mountains in Southeast part of Turkey, this delicious salad is from the Gaziantep region, where many wonderfully delicious and spicy Turkish dishes come from. Gavurdagi Salad won’t typically have walnuts in it but I love the marriage of sweet and juicy tomatoes with the crunchy walnuts in my version here. The sweet and sour pomegranate molasses dressing, Nar Eksisi really complements this salad too. Here’s my recipe to if you like to make pomegranate molasses, Nar Eksisi, at home.

We made this wonderful salad at my Turkish cookery class on Dec. 14th with more variation; I added watercress and pomegranate seeds to my salad for extra freshness and texture. It really worked well and everyone greatly enjoyed it! My sincere thanks to dear Jenny for the salad image here from our Turkish cookery class. Jenny also happens to be a passionate cook and cookery teacher, please check her blog JennyChef !

Gavurdagi salad is an important part of the meze spread at kebab houses in Turkey, served with the delicious Turkish pide bread, butter and the crumbly Turkish white cheese.  You can also enjoy this delicious and easy salad as a starter or accompaniment to grills, kebabs like my home made Iskender Kebab and casseroles.

My very best wishes to you all for the Festive Season and New Year, in good health and happiness. Saglikli, Mutlu bir Yeni Yil Dilegiyle,

Ozlem

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Gavurdagi Salad Variation with watercress, pomegranates, walnuts
 
Named after the Gavur mountain, part of Tarsus mountains in Southeast part of Turkey, this delicious salad originates from the Gaziantep region, where many wonderfully delicious and spicy Turkish dishes come from. This time, I made a variation of this wonderful salad and I added watercress walnuts and pomegranate seeds for extra freshness and texture, worked really well. You can enjoy this delicious and easy salad as a starter or accompaniment to grills, kebabs like my home made Iskender Kebab and casseroles.
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Recipe type: Healthy Salads
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 200 gr watercress
  • ¼ onion, finely chopped
  • Handful of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 50gr/2oz/1/3 cup walnuts, crushed – about pea size each –
  • 15ml/1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 30ml/2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 5ml/1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 5ml/1 tsp sumac – optional-
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • ⅓ pomegranate seeds to serve
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, rub the chopped onions with the spices and seasoning; salt, sumac, red pepper flakes and ground black pepper – that will soften the onion and enable the spices to blend in well.
  2. Add the tomatoes, parsley and walnuts to the onions.
  3. Then stir in the pomegranate molasses and the extra virgin olive oil and give them a good (but gentle) mix.
  4. Stir in the watercress and combine well.
  5. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over the salad and serve.
  6. Afiyet olsun.

29th January 2017 Turkish Cookery Class -a wonderful foodie gift

Lahmacun, popular Turkish thin pizza with ground meat and vegetables topping, will be at our Jan. 29th class

Lahmacun, popular Turkish thin pizza with ground meat and vegetables topping, will be at our Jan. 29th class

Leeks, carrots, onions and rice cooked in olive oil; Zeytinyagli Pirasa

Leeks, carrots, onions and rice cooked in olive oil; Zeytinyagli Pirasa, is at our Jan. 29th class.

Get 2017 off to a healthy and wholesome start with my  selection of Turkish supper dishes from my homeland at our Turkish cookery class at Divertimenti Cookery School on Sunday, January 29th, 12 pm – 3.30 pm. Packed full of flavor and easily reproduced at home without having to spend hours at your cooker, you will be surprised at the simplicity of such stunning dishes. During the class you will also be joined by the Turkish coffee expert, Ozerlat Coffee, who will carefully demonstrate all the rituals behind Turkish coffee making whilst offering you plenty of opportunity for tastings. Menu will include ‘Mercimek Corbasi’ (Lentil soup with cumin and red pepper flakes), ‘Zeytinyagli Pirasa’ (Leeks and carrots with olive oil, rice and lemon), ‘Lahmacun’ (Turkish thin pizza with minced meat and vegetables), ‘Cezerye’ (Caramelised carrot delight with walnutsTurkish Coffee and Turkish Delight.

Turkish coffee, enjoyed by everyone at our Turkish cookery course.

Turkish coffee, rituals and how to make it will be presented by Ozerlat Coffee at our Jan. 29th class

The classes may also make a wonderful gift for the festive season and New Year. You can view the class details and book through Divertimenti Cookery School at this link, hope you can join us!

 

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Black eyed Bean Salad with Walnuts, Pomegranates; Borulce Salatasi

Black eyed beans salad with grated carrots, turnips, walnuts and pomegranate seeds - Borulce Salatasi

Black eyed beans salad with grated carrots, turnips, walnuts and pomegranate seeds; also gluten-free – Borulce Salatasi

So good to be back to blogging and sharing recipes with you all after quite a long while, with this refreshing, wholesome  and also gluten – free Black eyed Beans Salad, a recent hit in our home.

Our feast of Turkish food from my Online Turkish Cookery Course

Our feast of Turkish food from my Online Turkish Cookery Course

I had a busy but exciting start of the year with the launch of my online Turkish cookery course (a wonderful introduction to Turkish cuisine with 4 classic Turkish recipe demonstrations; a course you can do at your own time and watch unlimited times, with a special offer at the moment. Here’s a free preview of the course)

Making the smoked eggplant puree for the Ali Nazik Kebab at my Turkish cookery class in Austin.

Making the smoked eggplant puree for the Ali Nazik Kebab at my Turkish cookery class in Austin.

Another highlight of February was teaching a wonderful series of Turkish cookery classes in the US with the Central Market Cooking Schools in Austin, San Antonio and Houston. I was really touched and delighted to see the growing interest for Turkish cuisine and meet amazing Turkish food lovers, always a treat. My next stop is Amman, Jordan in March to teach a 5 day Turkish cookery workshop and a Turkish cookery class in May in England – greatly look forward to them all.

The black-eyed pea or black-eyed bean, or borulce; makes a wholesome, delicious salad

The black-eyed pea or black-eyed bean, or borulce; makes a wholesome, delicious salad

But now I am delighted to share this delicious, refreshing and wholesome salad we’ve been enjoying recently, featuring black eyed beans or borulce, as in Turkish. The black-eyed pea or black-eyed bean, or borulce is a legume, a subspecies of the cowpea. They are also known as the California Blackeye. They also have many health benefits; black eye beans are packed with fiber, protein, potassium and low in fat. Many good reasons to incorporate them in our diet.

Delicious and healthy black eyed beans salad with walnuts and pomegranates

Delicious and healthy black eyed beans salad with walnuts and pomegranates

This black eyed beans salad is a wholesome, refreshing and vibrant salad with plenty of zing. Grated carrots and bell peppers bring wonderful natural sweetness and work well with radishes, onions and crunchy walnuts. I love the tangy pomegranates molasses & olive oil in the dressing (you can make your own pomegranate molasses with my recipe here); all these flavor the black eyed beans beautifully. You can also add pomegranate seeds as I did in this salad; they add a great texture and taste.

I hope you enjoy substantial, delicious salad; Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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Black eyed Bean Salad with Walnuts, Pomegranate; Borulce Salatasi
 
This black eyed beans salad, Borulce Salatasi, is a wholesome, refreshing and vibrant salad with plenty of zing. Grated carrots and bell peppers bring wonderful natural sweetness and work well with radishes, onions and crunchy walnuts. Pomegranate seeds and pomegranate molasses bring a tangy, refreshing flavor.
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Recipe type: Healthy Turkish Salads with black eyed beans
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 175gr / 6 oz. / 1 cup dried black eyed beans
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped coarsely
  • ½ red onion, chopped finely
  • 2 spring (green) onions, chopped finely
  • 5 small radishes; quartered and sliced
  • ½ cup / 3 oz. / 90 gr pomegranate seeds
  • 40 gr/ 1.5 oz. / ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • Handful of flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 30 ml/ 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 ml/ 2 tsp. pomegranate molasses – optional-
  • Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Soak the dried black eyed beans overnight in plenty of cold water.
  2. Next day, drain, rinse and put the beans into a pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 35 - 40 minutes. Drain and rinse the cooked beans in cold water to refresh and retain their texture.
  3. Stir in the chopped onions and green (spring) onions in a large bowl and add ½ tsp sea salt. Work the salt into the onions with your hands; this will soften the onions and make them more palatable in the salad.
  4. Stir in the rest of chopped vegetables to the bowl and mix well.
  5. Add the cooked black eyed beans, pomegranate seeds and chopped walnuts to the bowl, combine well.
  6. Pour in the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and pomegranate molasses over the salad, give a good mix.
  7. Check the seasoning and add more salt if required and season with freshly ground black pepper.
  8. Stir in the chopped parsley and combine all gently. Afiyet Olsun!

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Homemade Cezerye; Caramalised Carrot Paste Delight with Nuts

Cezerye; Caramalised carrot paste with nuts

Cezerye; Caramalised carrot paste with nuts

Have you ever tried the delicious Cezerye dessert? A specialty from Mersin region at southern Turkey, Cezerye is a delicious confectionery made of carrots, nuts and sugar, coated with desiccated coconut flakes. They are utterly delicious, healthy and also known to be an aphrodisiac.

Spread the cooked carrot & nut paste evenly and tightly, making sure they stay intact.

Spread the cooked carrot & nut paste evenly and tightly, making sure they stay intact.

With my roots going back to southern Turkey, Antakya, I grew up sampling the very best Cezerye from the nearby Mersin region. Such a delicious and healthy snack, it was always available whenever we wanted some for a treat, therefore I haven’t really thought of making them when I was home. But living  abroad and not having an access to these scrumptious treats  make you brave enough to have a go at them, like making homemade Turkish Delights. I am delighted to report you that compared to making Turkish Delights, Cezerye is so much easier to make, lighter and equally delicious. They are traditionally made with hazelnuts; I used walnuts for my Cezerye recipe and they were delicious. My children absolutely loved them!

Cezerye; delicious carrot paste with walnuts from Mersin, Turkey.

Cezerye; delicious carrot paste with walnuts from Mersin, Turkey.

Carrots have never been sweeter; hope you can have a go and treat yourself, family and friends with these delicious carrot delights. Cezerye keeps well in an air tight container for a week.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

 

 

 

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Homemade Cezerye; Caramalised Carrot Paste Delight with Nuts
 
A delicious and healthy caramalised carrot paste & walnuts dessert from Mersin, Turkey. I hope you can have a go and treat yourself, family and friends with these delicious carrot delights. Cezerye keeps well in an air tight container for a week.
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Recipe type: Turkish desserts
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 medium to large carrots (app. 400 gr), cleaned and grated
  • 200 gr / 7 oz. / 1 cup white sugar (or 1¼ cup brown sugar)
  • 50 gr / 2 oz. walnuts, chopped into small pieces
  • 8 fl. oz./1 cup water
  • 50 gr/ 2 oz./1/3 cup desiccated coconut flakes to decorate
  • Bowl of water to shape cezerye squares or balls
Instructions
  1. Place the grated carrots, ½ cup water and sugar in a wide, heavy pan.
  2. Cook over medium heat, uncovered, stirring often. Cook this way for about 30 minutes or until all the liquid evaporated.
  3. Stir in the rest of the ½ cup water and cook again on medium heat, stirring continuously (carrots also release their own juice, therefore I prefer to add the liquid a step at a time so that the carrots won’t become mushy).
  4. Cook the carrots until all the juice evaporated and they are softened, this should take another 30 minutes. Using your stirring spoon, mash the cooked carrots to turn into a thick, chunky paste. At this point, they should also thicken, start to caramalise and get sticky (you can take a little bit between your fingers to test whether it sticks or not). Turn the heat off.
  5. Stir in the chopped walnuts to the carrot paste and mix well. Again using your stirring spoon, blend them all well and turn into a thick paste.
  6. Cover a small rectangular dish or tray with parchment paper. Spread the carrot paste evenly and tightly, making sure they stay intact, with a height of 1,5 cm (0.6”).
  7. Cover with a cling film and rest the mixture to settle for 2 hours in fridge.
  8. After 2 hours, start shaping the carrot paste. Have a bowl of water near you. Wet your hands, take a dessert spoonful and shape into small round balls. Or wet your knife and cut into small squares.
  9. Spread the desiccated coconut flakes on a dry surface and coat the carrot balls and squares with the flakes to coat all over.
  10. Cezerye is ready to serve. Cezerye keeps well in an air tight container for a week.
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