We had a delicious Turkish cookery class at the Divertimenti Cookery School in London last Sunday. It was wonderful to be hands on with 9 enthusiastic participants and create a Turkish feast. Here are some photos and recipes we made at our class, I hope they inspire you too.
Ezo Gelin corba, spicy bulgur and lentil soup flavored with dried mint and red pepper flakes, was one of the highlights of the class, everyone really enjoyed it and pleasantly surprised how easy it was. A wholesome, delicious soup you can prepare ahead of time and left overs freeze beautifully too.
Biberli Ekmek, southern Turkish style flat breads with crumbled feta, za’atar and red pepper paste, was another easy recipe we did at the class. These flat breads take me back to my childhood in Antakya immediately, as my mother and grandma used to prepare the topping for the flat breads and we would take it to our local bakery to bake. Za’atar here is a delicious, aromatic blend of spice mix, including wild oregano, ground cumin, sesame seeds, crushed pistachio, crushed chickpeas and many more, utterly delicious.
We then had a go at the popular Karides Guvec, Prawn casserole with vegetables and grated cheese. A favorite starter at fish restaurants at home, it also makes a wonderful, easy to make main course. If you are not keen on prawns, you can take out and add cooked chickpeas to the mixture instead, as we did for an alternative version. Ground cumin goes well with chickpeas, as well as red pepper flakes for a delicious heat.
These gorgeous potato and bulgur rolls, Patatesli, bulgurlu kofte, with spring onions and red pepper flakes were another highlight. You can make them ahead of time and they are delicious dipped into olive oil & pomegranate molasses sauce.
Moist, delicious semolina sponge cake in light syrup, Revani, was our dessert. I love the lightness semolina gives to this dessert, also fragrant with lemon juice and lemon zest, so easy to make, here’s my Revani recipe.
Last but not least, we finished off with Turkish coffee, a perfect end to a Turkish meal, along with Turkish Delight. Turkish coffee is more than a drink for us Turks; we take time to pause and enjoy a delicious sip with a friend or to reflect. Here’s how to make Turkish coffee and its rituals, hope you enjoy it.
We then set down and enjoyed the fruits of our labor together, it was a great team effort! Due to popular demand, my Turkish vegetarian class will be repeated at the Divertimenti Cookery School in London on Saturday, April 30th, from 11 am to 2.30 pm. Here’s my cookery class details if you’d like to join us.
My best wishes and Afiyet Olsun to you all,
going vegetarian, short or long term, here (or there) is so easy with wonderful dishes like these. Here, the lokantas are full of delicious, healthy dishes like these.
Merhaba Alan, many thanks for your kind note- I do love our lokantas and the generosity of choices of good food at home, enjoy for us too! Cok Selamlar, Ozlem
Just this week, I made the karides güveç for dinner. All the others are, thanks to you, regularly on our menu, particularly since we really try to have meat at the most once a week – much healthier, we think. Love the look of your happy class. They must have loved it! Kendine iyi bak ve ailene selamlar ve sevgilimizle, J ve M
Cok tesekkurler sevgili Jolee’cigim, it was a lovely class with wonderful, keen participants; we do enjoy vegetables more and more too and Turkish cuisine has so many options for vegetarian dishes. I am over the moon recipes are well used, best compliment : ) Cok sevgilerimle, Ozlem xxx
Lovely to see everyone come together around food, dear Ozlem:) the semolina sponge cakes and bulgur/lentil soup are personal favorites…xoPeri.
Thank you dear Peri, how I wished you were with us!:) It was lovely to cook and enjoy good food together, Ezo gelin Soup was a firm favorite with all!xx Ozlem
Lucky folk – it al looks delicious
Thank you Back to Bodrum, all the partipants were brilliant, a wonderful team effort produced this feast 🙂 Ozlem x
Hi. Went to a great Turkish restaurant and a lightly spiced bular was served as part of my Adana kofte.
Having problems getting recipe for this. Can you help?
Merhaba Sandra, I have a bulgur pilav with vegetables recipe at this link, hope this may help, afiyet olsun https://ozlemsturkishtable.com/2010/05/bulgur-wheat-pilaf-with-vegetables-sebzeli-bulgur-pilavi/