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Hellos from Istanbul & Turkish Feast at Istanbul Culinary Institute

Our group photo at our cooking class, Istanbul Culinary Institute

Warm greetings to you all from Istanbul, Istanbul’dan merhaba! It has been over a week since we did our Turkish cooking class at Istanbul Culinary, I just had a chance to share some wonderful photos from the class. It was a delicious class, with wonderful, hardworking participants, and we knocked up 4 courses in 2 hours; many thanks to all the participants for their hard work 🙂

Making the cevizli biber - walnut and red pepper paste

Each course took below 30 minutes to prepare – with tray kebab to bake for about 45 minutes -; you can prepare healthy, delicious food in a short period of time and it is a lot of fun to share with others. Above we are making the cevizli biber, red pepper paste with walnuts and olive oil.

Here is dear Oznur, chopping and prepping for the tray kebab

Here is tray kebab ready to enjoy

Everyone worked hard and pleasantly surprised to create dishes in a short period of time; why not you have a go tonight to make the Patlicanli eksileme – smoked eggplant salad with garlic yoghurt? It may be a delicious treat for you too:)

It was lovely to cook and share Turkish food with dear foodies like Nejla


Istanbul Culinary's lovely cafe

Istanbul Culinary Institute also have a lovely cafe with freshly prepared Turkish and international dishes by the Institute’s students, very well worth visiting. Also, do keep an eye out for Joy’s wonderful pastry classes at the Institute!

I would like to say farewell with Kandili Iskele’s – ferry stop-  shot; Kandilli is a very quaint village on the Asian side of Istanbul, famous wiith its yoghurt; make sure to stop by there : )

Look forward to saying hello again soon, until then, warm wishes to you all from Istanbul!



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6 Responses to Hellos from Istanbul & Turkish Feast at Istanbul Culinary Institute

  1. joyce August 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    now that is my idea of fun!

    • Ozlem August 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

      Hi Joyce, that’s my kind of fun too! how wonderful to cook and share a bite with folks, glad you enjoyed it.

  2. CuisinedeProvence August 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Thank you Özlem for the lovely photo of Kandili Isekele – that looks like a beautiful place I will be sure to explore when in Istanbul next time. And I am real happy that your class went so well!

    • Ozlem August 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

      Hi Barbara; Kandilli is very quaint, and has a real feel of a Istanbul village; hope you make it there. Vapurs – ferries – make a stop there for about 15 minutes usually, just enough to have a little wonder and have a cup of yoghurt:) xx Ozlem

  3. Peri August 16, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    Sounds like a lively class with good food and wonderful people making it…time sure passes when you cook together:) and the food looks amazingly delicious! Love Peri.

    • Ozlem August 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

      Merhaba Peri, it was wonderful to cook and enjoy a bite of delicious Turkish food, hope we can do that in Istanbul together:) xx Ozlem

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