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Ozlem’s Turkish Table to Bodrum, Texas, Divertimenti-London!

Merhaba dear All;

At the International Edinburgh Book Festival, Aug. 24th – talking about southern Turkish cuisine

Presenting Turkish cuisine at the Turkish Embassy – Amman, Jordan

It has been a busy and very special summer, sharing Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book with Turkish food lovers and teaching Turkish cookery, which took me to Amman – Jordan, International Edinburgh Book Festival – Scotland and London. Making a cookery book is a labor of love and every bit of this journey has been very special; my very sincere thanks goes to Pinar UK for their invaluable support for my book and supporting Turkish cuisine abroad.

It was a real honor to be a part of the International Edinburgh Book Festival, as a featured author with my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland. this year, on August 24th, 2018. The festival hosted a wonderful event called “The Afternoon tea with Ozlem Warren”, where dear Ghillie Basan hosted an hour long interview with me ; we talked about southern Turkish cuisine, Antakya, culinary traditions and stories of from my homeland. Over 100 Turkish food lovers attended to this event, I was very humbled and delighted with everyone’s interest and kindness. We finished off with  signing copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland cookery book. A very special, unforgettable event; my sincere thanks goes to the Festival, as well as dear Ghillie Basan, for all their support and warm welcome.

Another special part of my trip to Scotland was, a chance to visit to dear Ghillie Basan at her wonderful wilderness retreat, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. A very special highlight as she has been a huge hero of mine with her amazing cookery book and workshops. We cooked, shared, laughed and recorded 2 wonderful podcasts on Turkish cuisine and my southern Turkish roots with Ghillie, which will be released soon, will gladly share you the links. I also had the pleasure of meeting Ghillie’s wonderful children, Zeki and Yazzie; gorgeous, caring, hardworking, happy children; a huge credit to her for raising her children so beautifully. It was a very special trip that will remain always be in my heart.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, signed copies available to order here

It’s been a very special over 8 months of sharing my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, with Turkish food lovers around the world. It took me 10 years to write this book, dear to my heart, and you have all been so very kind for your amazing interest and positive, heartwarming comments of enjoyment for my book, my very sincere thanks to you all. Over 1,700 copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table sold and reached to Turkish food lovers, thank you so much! This was well beyond our expectations, my sincere thanks and gratitude for all your kindness and interest. Signed copies of Ozlem’s Turkiah Table cookery book is still available (while the stocks last) at this link, if you’d like to get a copy. It is delivered worldwide, promptly.

Autumn is now in full swing and I have some very exciting events and Turkish cookery classes coming up, in Bodrum – Turkey, Texas – USA and London. I do hope you can be able to join us in one of them, if you’re in the area, here are the details:

Autumnal Southern Turkish Feast with Ozlem’s Turkish Table

Hands On Masterclass, Sunday 14th October, 12:00 – 3:30pm

Divertimenti Cookery School, London

Bulgur balls with aubergines, in tomato and pomegranate molasses, from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book

Turkish culinary expert Ozlem is born and bred in Turkey and she is passionate about her southern Turkish roots going back to the ancient Antioch, today’s Antakya. Join Ozlem to recreate an authentic Turkish autumnal feast with these scrumptious dishes from her cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, along with stories and tips of preparation. Recipes include Bulgur balls with aubergine, tomato, dried mint and pomegranate molasses (Patlicanli Eksi Asi), Flat breads with feta, za’atar, red pepper paste (Biberli Ekmek),Leafy greens with onions, peppers, pine nuts (Antakya’s Zilk Inspiration), Candied Pumpkin dessert with walnuts (Kabak Tatlisi) and Turkish coffee.

Participation limited; please book this hands on class at the Divertimenti Cookery School at this link

Ozlem’s Turkish Table Coming to Bodrum (October 25th and 26th, 2018)!

I really am so very excited to return to Bodrum, with my cookery book Ozlem’s Turkish Table, with some wonderful events on October 25th and October 26th. I love Bodrum and it will be such a pleasure to run some exciting events with wonderful groups in Bodrum. On October 25th at 3pm, I will be giving a talk on Turkish cuisine, with a focus on Southern Turkish cookery, thanks to a very kind invite by the Herodotus Academy, H3A Bodrum,  at Oasis Conference Room in Bodrum. This is an open event to Turkish food lovers and all welcome. I will also sign copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book at this event.  Please kindly contact Reyhan reyhandestan@gmail.com,  if you would like to join us.

My sincere thanks to Herodotus Academy, H3A – Bodrum, Foodrum Culinary Park, Cooking Classes Bodrum and Karnas Vineyards for all their support for our events and having me. A very special thanks goes to dear Annie Onursan of Back to Bodrum blog for having me in Bodrum and for all her support; I am a huge fan of her and her wonderful blog, Back to Bodrum.

Delights from Antakya Hands On Cookery Class at Foodrum, – Bodrum

October 25th, 10am – 1.30pm

I am very much looking forward to our hands on southern Turkish cookery class at the Foodrum Culinary Park, Bodrum, on October 25th, 10am-1.30pm, with the lovely Pelin Dumanli and her team.  We will be cooking delightful, authentic flavours from Antakya, at this hands on class, Menu includes: Muhammara – Antakya’s Cevizli Biber (Crushed walnuts with red pepper paste dip, in olive oil) Mercimekli Mualla – Aubergines cooked in olive oil with lentils, onions, peppers with dried mint, Stuffed courgettes with minced meat, chickpeas and pomegranate molasses – Antakya usulu kabak dolmasi, Bulgur pilaf with courgette, onions and tomatoes – Kabakli As, Candied pumpkin desserts with walnuts – Antakya usulu Kabak Tatlisi . Participation limited; if you’d like to join us, please reserve your spot at info@foodrum.com

Cost per person: 220 TL (includes a glass of wine or raki)

Southern flavours from Antakya and Karnas Vineyards Wine Pairing, Supper Club – Friday, October 26th

I greatly look forward to our delicious Supper Club, Antakya style and pairing the menu with wonderful local wines by Karnas Vineyard, located in Bodrum peninsula on Friday, October 26th, 7pm onwards; it will be a special night of celebrating southern Turkish cuisine and local Turkish wine by Karnas Vineyard, in their beautiful setting. We will talk about southern Turkish cuisine, wine pairing and more – I hope you can join us at this special event. Participation is limited so please kindly get in touch with asli@cookingclassesbodrum.com or call 0533 3527670 or whatsapp 05339354762 to reserve your spot.

Menu includes; Flat breads with za’atar, cheese and red pepper paste (Biberli ekmek), Antakya’s savory pastry with minced meat topping (Kaytaz boregi), Baked oval bulgur balls with walnut and minced meat (Oruk), Stuffed dried aubergines with minced meat filling (Kuru Patlican dolmasi), Olive Salad with zahtar and pomegranate molasses (Antakya’nin zeytin ufeleme salatası), Muhammara (Cevizli biber), Tray bake kebab with vegetables (Tepsi Kebabi), Kadayifi (Kunefe), served with unlimited Karnas wines.

Cost per person: 240 TL

Southern Turkish Delights from Ozlem’s Turkish Table at Texas!

Central Market Cookery Schools (Houston, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio – TX)

Nov 7th – 1oth, 2018

I really can’t wait to return to Central Market Cooking Schools this November! This special place is where I started my culinary journey and it is such an honor to come back, this time, with my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table. The registration for the classes starts on October 1st at Central Market Cooking School website at this link, and the classes likely to sell out quickly. So if you’d like to join us, please book your spot soon – hope to see you in Texas!

Ezo Gelin Corba; Spicy lentil and bulgur soup from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book

Turkish Culinary Expert and author Ozlem Warren, a huge fan of Central Market Cooking Schools, is back! Ozlem returns to teach a scrumptious menu with authentic recipes from her debut cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland with stories from her southern Turkish roots. Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland will be for sale; Ozlem will be happy to personalize books after the class.  Menu includes: Spicy bulgur and lentil soup with dried mint and red pepper flakes (Ezo Gelin Corbasi); Walnut and red pepper paste dip (Muhammara); Eggplants, lentils and peppers cooked in olive oil (Mercimekli Mualla); Antakya’s tray bake kebab with vegetables (Tepsi Kebabi); Sauteed carrots in olive oil with garlic yoghurt (Sarimsak Yogurtlu Havuc); Antakya’s Candied Pumpkin dessert with walnuts and Turkish coffee

Ozlem’s  Turkish Table Central Market cookery class dates are : Houston on Nov. 7th; Austin on Nov. 8th; Dallas on Nov 9th; San Antonio on Nov 10th. Booking will be open from Central Market Cooking School website as of October 1st at this link, and the classes likely to sell out quickly. So please kindly book your spot soon – I am very much looking forward to returning to Central Market and seeing you all!

 What I have been cooking lately…

Candied pumpkin dessert with walnuts and clotted cream; Cevizli Kabak Tatlisi

It is autumn / fall, and we are all getting excited about the pumpkin season. I love this Candied pumpkin dessert with walnuts, Kabak Tatlisi, Antakya style. Here, the pumpkin is baked in its own juice – it is so delightful and easy. Here’s my recipe link, if you’d like to give it a go.

Signed copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table book, available to order at this link

I wish you all a wonderful autumn /fall and do hope to see you at one of my cookery classes or events. If you can’t make it to the events and would like to get a Signed copy of my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, you can order at this link; I am told it makes a special gift.

My best wishes and Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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Signed copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table are back! Recipes and Events

Signed copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, available now (for a limited period)!

One of the happy Ozlem’s Turkish Table book owners, posting this lovely photo

Many thanks to you all, who already got your copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table and your warm, delightful feedback on the book; so glad to see Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book has being enjoyed through your kind shares of your dishes from the book and messages you very kindly showered me. I dreamed about writing this book for over 10 years and it is such happiness to see its being enjoyed. Here’s an recent note from one of the Ozlem’s Turkish Cookery book owner; “Hi Ozlem, many thanks for a great book with fantastic recipes, it’s an invaluable inspiration to me now that I have retired and my new neighbours are amazed when I bring the Turkish food cooked by myself; maybe one day I will let them into the secret”.

Signed copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table book now available for limited period!

Delighted to let you know that the signed copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table is now available as of orders from June 2nd for a limited period! A great opportunity to get a copy for yourself or as a gift. If you’d like a signed copy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, please kindly order at this link. It will be delivered promptly worldwide.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table book tour in Turkey and the UK

Ozlem’s Turkish Table book launch at Zen Seramics, Istanbul, with my parents

It’s been a very busy but magical few months launching Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book , book signings and events in the UK and in Turkey. With this note, my sincere thanks goes to Pinar Foods UK for all their kind support for my book. A special highlight has been sharing my book with my dear parents, Orhan and Gulcin, at our book launch at the lovely Zen Seramics in Istanbul. My parents have always been my inspiration with their passion for Turkish cuisine and generosity in sharing, so it was a very special moment to present the book to them. The book has a lot of personal stories and our family heritage and they joyfully grabbed Ozlem’s Turkish Table with both hands with high on emotion (and some happy tears); I think my dad bought over 10 copies to proudly gift to family and friends! Most kind and I can not thank them enough for all their love and support.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table book signing at Fethiye!

Happy owners of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book in Fethiye

I visited Fethiye at early May as part of Ozlem’s Turkish Table book tour; it was a very special visit meeting Turkish food lovers at the lovely Yakamoz Hotel over a delicious Turkish breakfast and at the delightful Mozaik Bahce, at our Antakya style dinner. It was a very memorable trip and I can not thank dear Lyn Ward from Fethiye Times enough for arranging our events in Fethiye and all her support. My sincere thanks to everyone who joined our events and their kind interest for my book and to Yakamoz Hotel and Mozaik Bahce for their amazing Turkish hospitality – I can’t wait to be back!

Ozlem’s Turkish Table book signing at One Tree Books, Petersfield

We have done lots of events and book signings in the UK too and it was so lovely to see everyone’s interest for Turkish cuisine and Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book. One of these book signings were at the One Tree Book Store in Petersfield; a delightful book store at the heart of the community with the lovely Madeleine’s Kitchen Cafe attached to it. One Tree Book Store arranged a lovely book talk and interview with me and the Madeleine’s Kitchen served Spicy bulgur and Lentil Soup, Ezo Gelin Corbasi, Courgette fritters with feta and dill, Mucver and Revani, Semolina Sponge cake from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, to a very enthusiastic crowd of 35 folks. It was a magical evening meeting Turkish food lovers and exchanging stories. You can get copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table at One Tree Book Store.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table podcast interview at the Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Cookery School and Radio Station

Milk Street Radio Station podcast interview

We also had a delightful podcast interview with Christopher Kimball of Milk Street Cookery School and Radio based in Boston – MA, talking about southern Turkish cuisine, stories from my homeland and my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table. You can listen to this podcast at this link (my interview starts at about 17. minutes onwards), hope you enjoy it.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table Events Coming Up

Many more events, classes, supper clubs (as well as a special Turkish cookery master class and book signing in Amman in July) coming up, so stayed tuned.

Turkish Meze Class with Ozlem Warren, Divertimenti Cookery School, London

Hands On Masterclass, Saturday 23rd June, 11:00am – 2:30pm

Please join us to recreate a scrumptious meze feast from my homeland, with recipes from my newly released cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland. You will be making the much loved ‘Baba Ghanoush’ (Smoked aubergine, pepper and tomatoes with pomegranate molasses), ‘Filo Triangles with Spinach and Feta’, ‘Muhammara’ (Red pepper paste and walnut dip), ‘Circassian Chicken in Garlic, Walnut and Coriander Sauce, ‘Poached Dried Figs in Light Syrup’. We will be pairing each course with various  Yeni Rakı, a Turkish aniseed based drink which is the traditional accompaniment to the meze spread in Turkey. Each participant will also get a Yeni Rakı traditional glass and bottle; a special class not to be missed!

Participation is limited, please book your spot at Divertimenti this link, under June 23rd, hope to see you there!

Some Popular Recipes from Ozlem’s Turkish Table to share

Here are some of the recipes that have been popular from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, I hope you enjoy recreating them:

Pide bread, from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, image by Sian Irvine Food Photography

Pide bread (pide ekmek), Turkish round flat breads are a personal favorite and special especially during Ramadan, as we traditionally break the fast with pide. Many of my readers have been making Pide ekmek at home from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book (page 107). Here’s also the link to my Pide bread recipe if you’d like to make it.

Baked Turkish meatballs casserole from Ozlem’s Turkish Table, image by Sian Irvine Food Photography

This Turkish meatballs with vegetables casserole, Firinda Sebzeli Kofte, has been another favourite from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book (page 179); I love that you can made this all-in-one pot easy, delicious meal ahead of time and left overs freeze beautifully, a real crowd pleaser – here’s the link to my recipe.

Baked cauliflower with red onions, feta and dill, from Ozlem’s Turkish Table; image by Sian Irvine Photography

This simple Baked cauliflower with red onions, feta and dill is my family’s favorite from Ozlem’s Turkish Table (page 165)  – as a matter of fact, I made twice this week! – Such a lovely and easy way to enjoy and flavour cauliflower, great as a side or as part of your meze spread, here’s the link to my recipe.

I hope you enjoy the recipes and if you’d like to order a signed copy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, you can order at this link, with prompt delivery.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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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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