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Ozlem’s Turkish Table Cookery Book on its way! Hope it inspires

Ozlem’s Turkish Table Cookery Book – on its way! Here’s my sample copy 🙂

Merhaba dear All;

I wanted to share my excitement with you, as I just had a delivery of my sample hard back copy of my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland! It has been a hugely special and quite a surreal moment to hold the physical book in my hands; over 10 years in the making, a dream becoming true. And it really looks beautiful – as expressed by family and friends nearby, who had a chance to see it. Absolutely stunning colours and photography, warmth and sincerity with my family photos, personal stories, delicious, wholesome recipes and more. I am very proud of it and can not wait to share with you all!

Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery books packed ready to go!

Also, delighted to inform you that as I write this blogpost, the books are being packed at the printers in Hong Kong to be delivered!! We expect the Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery books to arrive by end February and as soon they make it to me by early March, I will be signing each and every pre-ordered copy and they will be delivered as the first priority, so very exciting 🙂 I can not thank each one of you who very kindly pre-ordered as it helped us hugely to determine the initial print run and helped finance some of our costs, my sincere thanks. Also, my very sincere thanks to Pinar for their support for my book and their help to spread the word on Turkish cuisine abroad.

My sincere thanks to Pinar for their support to Ozlem’s Turkish Table and Turkish cuisine

Contents Page, Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book

You can still pre-order your copy of my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, at this link, with 10 % pre-order discount (please enter promo code Pre-Order Special at the check out for the discount). I will gladly sign each pre-order copy and they will be mailed in March, ahead of the release date in end April. Not long know!

Turkish Breakfast Chapter – one of my favorite chapters!

As I share a few images from my sample cookery book, I also hope that this special book would inspire folks not only to try delicious, wholesome Turkish cuisine but may encourage to have a go and pursue their dreams.. This book has been my dream over 10 years and finally becoming true. I had that burning desire of not only sharing my homeland’s delicious cuisine but also wanted to leave a legacy behind for the next generations, my children and wanted to make a tribute to my southern Turkish roots and to thank to my parents, who instilled in us the love of good food, importance of sharing and hospitality. I am ever grateful to them. So I truly hope that as you hold this special book to my heart, you will feel the warmth, sincerity, hard work of over 10 years and I sincerely hope that it may inspire you to have a go at whatever in your heart. Life is too short to delay dreams and even if it is a baby step you take each and every day, it will grow and make your dream become a reality before you know it. Nothing to loose and it will provide you special rewards along the way, no doubt – a very special journey.

Back cover of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book

Ozlem’s Turkish Table book events:

We are planning many book events as of mid March and would love to see you in one of these events. March will be devoted for pre-orders and all pre-oders will be given signed copies.

On March 15th, 6.30pm, we will have Ozlem’s Turkish Table book signing and food event at Riverhouse Barn Art Centre. I will serve delicious vegetarian courses from my book and will demo the smoked aubergine salad, Patlicanli Eksileme, from my cookery book. You can also pick up your signed copy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table with 10 % pre-order discount at this event. Please kindly book at this link for this event, it is likely to sell out soon.

On 20th March, I will be teaching A Vegetarian Turkish Feast cookery class at Divertimenti Cookery School in London. I will demonstrate ‘Sebzeli Pide’ (Turkish oval flatbreads with spinach, feta, peppers), ‘Imam Bayildi’ (Stuffed aubergines with tomatoes, onions, garlic in olive oil), ‘Kisir’ (Spicy bulgur wheat salad with pomegranate molasses and pomegranate seeds), ‘Kayisi Tatlisi’ (Baked dried apricots with walnuts) and Turkish Coffee. I will also have signed copies of my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table. Please kindly book at this link, if you like to join us at this special class.

There will be more to come including more book signing and demontrations, appearance at the Edinburgh Book Festival – with huge thanks to dear Ghillie Basan-, cookery workshops in Amman – Jordan, book launch events in Turkey and fingers crossed cookery classes and book tour in the USA – Texas and hopefully more – all in the process of arranging, I will update the events here and do hope to see you in one of the events.

What I have been cooking lately..

We have been making at lot of Lentil soup with vegetables, Mercimek Corbasi, lately. My children, whole family love it; the warming, pungent cumin and squeeze of lemon juice adds a delicious kick. My daughter has been taking the soup in her flusk as her school lunch – so it can be a wholesome lunch alternative for school or work too. Here’s my recipe link for the lentil soup; needless to say it is included at my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table too.

My sincere thanks for your company at my blog, always a pleasure to share my recipes and Turkish food news with you all.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

 

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Turkish Vegetable Soup with Orzo – Sehriyeli Sebze Corbasi

Turkish vegetable soup with orzo; Sehriyeli Sebze Corbasi

Turkish vegetable soup with orzo; Sehriyeli Sebze Corbasi

Soup have a special place in Turkish cuisine; traditionally meals always start with a soup. For my  small family, a hearty soup can be a main course itself with some nice crusty bread next to it. I made this lovely Turkish vegetable soup with orzo pasta today and it went down very well. My son was under the weather and after having the soup, he said, “I love this corba, mummy, just what the doctor ordered!” – best compliment to my ears.

Orzo pasta or “sehriye” as we call it in Turkish fits in this soup very well, thickens the broth beautifully and makes it substantial. Being a lemon fan, I give a generous squeeze, with plenty of red pepper flakes or Aleppo pepper over the soup for a delicious heat, when serving. You can also crumble some feta cheese over the top before serving if you’d like too. For a gluten-free option, you can use rice instead of orzo pasta.

Many wholesome soups, regional specialties, pastries, vegetables cooked in olive oil and more are included at my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland, Signed copies now 25 % Off at this link, as well as our new Ozlem’s Turkish Table apron here, delivered worldewide including the US.

I hope you enjoy this delicious, easy and wholesome Turkish soup, Sehriyeli Sebze Corbasi, Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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Turkish Vegetable Soup with Orzo - Sehriyeli Sebze Corbasi
 
This delicious vegetarian soup, Sehriyeli Sebze Corbasi, is easy, delicious and wholesome. Orzo pasta or "sehriye" as we call it in Turkish fits in this soup very well, thickens the broth beautifully and makes it substantial. Being a lemon fan, I give a generous squeeze, with plenty of red pepper flakes or Aleppo pepper over the soup for a delicious heat, when serving. You can also crumble some feta cheese over the top before serving if you'd like too. For a gluten-free option, you can use rice instead of orzo pasta.
Author:
Recipe type: Vegetarian Soups
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 bell peppers (red, yellow or green), deseeded and coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped in small pieces
  • Handful of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 180 gr / 6¼ oz / 1 full cup orzo pasta
  • 30 ml/ 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 400 gr / 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • ½ tbsp. double concentrated tomato puree
  • 1.10 litres / 2 pints hot water or vegetable stock
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 10 ml / 2 tsp. Turkish red pepper flakes or chili flakes
  • Extra wedges of lemon to serve
  • Crusty bread or pide bread to serve
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy, wide sauce pan and add the onions, peppers and carrots. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes, they will start to soften up.
  2. Pour in the hot water or vegetable stock. Also pour in the chopped canned tomatoes and the tomato puree, stir well. Cover and bring to to the boil.
  3. Stir the pot and cover again, cook for 10 minutes at medium to low heat.
  4. Then add the orzo pasta, season with salt and ground black pepper and combine well. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes at medium to low heat, stirring occasionally.
  5. Once the orzo pasta is cooked, stir in the parsley, pour in the lemon juice and combine well. Check the seasoning and add more salt and ground black pepper, if needed. Turn the heat off.
  6. Serve hot with Turkish red pepper flakes or chili flakes over the soup, with extra wedges of lemon and crusty bread by the side. Afiyet Olsun.
 

 

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Chicken Soup with Vegetables in lemon & egg sauce – Terbiyeli, Sebzeli Tavuk Corbasi

Chicken and vegetables soup in lemon & egg sauce; Terbiyeli Sebzeli Tavuk Corbasi

Chicken and vegetables soup in lemon & egg sauce; Terbiyeli Sebzeli Tavuk Corbasi

Cold winter days call for a warming meal; this delicious chicken and vegetables soup is ideal to turn  the left over bits of vegetables and cooked meat (you can meat omit for a vegetarian option) into a hearty, delicious soup. With nice crusty bread aside, this chunky soup makes a complete meal for us (and just the thing if you have a cold). Soups, Corba as we call in Turkish, have a special place in Turkish cuisine and the meals mostly start with a soup. In Anatolia, it is very common to have soup to start the day, especially in winter.

There is a special technique used in this soup; lemon juice is beaten with egg yolks to thicken the sauce and add a delicious sort of tangy flavor. This method is called “terbiyeli” in Turkish cuisine and it requires a staged tempering of the egg sauce into the hot liquid, so that the soup won’t curdle.

I have used parsnips, celery, carrots, red onion here; you can also use potatoes, regular onion or any other vegetables you like and needs finishing. I hope you enjoy this delicious, nutritious, warming soup.

Healthy, delicious chicken soup with vegetables in lemon & egg sauce

Healthy, delicious chicken soup with vegetables in lemon & egg sauce

Serves 4 – 6

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes                                     Cooking time: 30 minutes

225 gr/8 oz./1 cup cooked (left over) chicken meat, cut in small chunks (you can omit this for a vegetarian option)

75gr/3oz/scant ½ cup long grain rice (plain or basmati, if you prefer), rinsed

1 large red onion, quartered and chopped

3 celery stick, trimmed and coarsely chopped

3 medium carrots, coarsely chopped

3 parsnips, peeled and cut in small chunks

Handful of fresh flat leaf (Italian) parsley

30 ml/2 tbsp. olive oil

2 lt/ 3 ½ pints/8 cups hot chicken stock (or vegetarian stock, or water)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Lemon & egg sauce:

2 egg yolks, beaten

Juice of 1 lemon

To serve:

Extra virgin olive oil to drizzle when serving (optional)

Turkish red pepper flakes (pul biber) or chili flakes and a wedge of lemon to serve

Crusty bread to serve

Heat the olive oil in a deep heavy pan and stir in the onion, sauté for a few minutes. When the onion begins to color slightly, toss in the celery, carrot and parsnip. Stir and cook for a further 2 minutes. Then add the rinsed rice, giving a good stir. Pour in the hot stock or water and the cooked chicken pieces (if you are using), combine well. Season with salt and freshly grounded black pepper to your taste. Cover and cook over medium to low heat for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked though still have a bite to them.

 Gently pour in a ladle of the hot soup to the egg mixture and blend well.

Gently pour in a ladle of the hot soup to the egg mixture and blend well.

Afterwards, in a small bowl, thoroughly blend the egg yolks with the lemon juice. Gently pour in a ladle of the hot soup to the egg mixture for tempering and blend well. Then slowly pour this egg mixture into the simmering pan; stir constantly so that the eggs don’t curdle. Add the chopped parsley and cook the soup very gently on low heat for 3-5 minutes. Do not allow the soup to boil, or it may curdle. Check the seasoning and turn the heat off.

Warming chicken and vegetables soup in lemon & egg sauce.

Warming chicken and vegetables soup in lemon & egg sauce.

Ladle the soup into individual serving bowls. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over and sprinkle red pepper flakes, pul biber over, if you like. Serve hot with some crusty bread and a wedge of lemon aside.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

 

Ozlem’s Turkish Table at the Turkish Chefs of the World, “Dunyanin Turk Sefleri” TV program aired on TRT Turk  TV Channel

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I was delighted to take part in Dunyanin Turk Sefleri, “Turkish Chefs of the World” TV program on TRT Turk TV Channel.

I was delighted to be involved in the Turkish Chefs of the World, “Dunyanin Turk Sefleri” TV program aired on Turkish National TV, TRT Turk channel (aired over 70 countries) a few weeks ago. The program was shot in major gastronomic centers like New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Vienna, Paris and London, exploring world cuisines and the presence of Turkish cuisine around the world. I was involved in their London program; the presenter and Milliyet food author Mr. Sureyya Uzmez and I talked about the vibrant London food scene and the growing presence of Turkish cuisine abroad. I delightfully mentioned the increasing global interest for the healthy, delicious Turkish cuisine and my admiration for your enthusiasm, dear readers, to learn and tackle many aspects of Turkish cuisine, from baklava to Simit, karniyarik to Turkish Delight and more. The interview is in Turkish but I thought you may still enjoy viewing, here is the YouTube link for the program (my part starts as of 2.30 minutes onwards). Hope you enjoy it!

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