Saturday, October 10th; 9am PT (5pm UK)
I am absolutely delighted and so excited to be teaching a joint online cookery class with dear friend, author and fellow food blogger, Peri Avari owner of the wonderful blog Peri’s Spice Ladle. Peri is an amazing cook, culinary teacher and food consultant, with a wide range of food industry experience accross the globe; she is also very passionate about her Parsi heritage and cuisine. Our friendship and love of sharing our cuisines goes back over 10 years. Peri and I used to live in Austin – TX over 12 years ago and we used to run a monthly cooking club – along with friends with Italian and British heritage- where each month one of us would run a cooking class of that cuisine and teach others. We would then enjoy the fruits of our labour with our families – food has always been so delicious but that time we spent together has been the most precious.
Peri and I are now so excited to carry on sharing our passion for our cuisines at this very special online cookery class on Saturday, October 10th; 9am PT (5pm UK) – to 10.15am PT (6.15pm UK) Peri in California – US and I will be in England – UK. We can’t wait to have your company at our cookery class! I will be making Aubergine/lentils and peppers cooked in olive oil, Mercimekli Mualla, a delicious vegan and gluten-free dish from my hometown Antakya -Turkey and Peri will be demonstrating Parsi Tamota per Eedu (Stovetop spicy tangy tomato frittata) a popular family recipe that highlights the Parsi love for cooking eggs with vegetables. We will finish off Ozlem demonstrating how to make Turkish coffee and Peri, her Parsi Choi with hint of fresh mint, ginger and cardamom. We will talk about similarities and variations in our cuisines, our food stories and of course will answer any questions you may have.
Here is the booking link for this special class; participation is limited registration is open worldwide. Both Peri and I can’t wait to cook with you all – do hope to see you at the class!
Ozlem’s Turkish Table ~ Peri’s Spice Ladle Joint Virtual Cooking Class, October 10th – Register Here
I am delighted to be teaching a Turkish meze feast online class with Milk Street Cooking School on Saturday, December 5th, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM GMT. We will be making the ever popular Traybake filo pastry with spinach and feta (Ispanakli, Peynirli Borek) and a spicy bulgur wheat salad with pomegranate molasses (Kisir), from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book. Fantastic recipes that we can recreate at home, great for the upcoming holiday season too.
Milk Street is running a special promotion for this class, valid from 12am EST Friday September 25 – 12AM EST Monday September 28. Click here for the registration link with the discounted price, if you like to join us – greatly look forward to cooking together!
About this Event
Turkish cuisine is healthy, delicious and, with a little bit of confidence, so easy to make. Join guest chef Özlem Warren, author of the cookbook “Özlem’s Turkish Table,” as she takes you on a culinary journey to Turkey and shows you how to make two delicious mezes: the ever-popular traybake filo pastry with spinach and feta (Ispanakli, Peynirli Borek) and a spicy bulgur wheat salad with pomegranate molasses (Kisir), both from Özlem’s homeland, Turkey. Mezes are delightful appetizers that play an important role in Turkish cuisine and are perfect to share with family and friends. During the class, Özlem will also offer ideas for substitutions, tips for cooking and freezing ahead of time, and stories from her home. Join Özlem for a meze feast!
Turkish Cuisine Presentation with the Oklahoma University, Schusterman Library
Last Thursday, I had the honor of presenting Turkish cuisine on a special zoom event, very kindly hosted by the Oklahoma University, Schusterman Library. It was well attended with folks all round the world and we got such positive feedback. For the folks who missed it, here is the Youtube video of our session, I hope you enjoy it:
Stuffed aubergines/eggplants with lentils and vegetables; Mercimekli Karniyarik
My family loves Karniyarik, Stuffed aubergines/eggplants with minced/ground meat and vegetables, one of my favourite dishes growing up in Turkey too. We equally love lentils; in an attempt for my children to enjoy lentils more, I made this plant based version of Karniyarik, Stuffed aubergines/eggplants with green lentils and vegetables, Mercimekli Karniyarik. Filling has been similar to Antakya’s Mercimekli Mualla, Aubergine, lentils and peppers cooked in olive oil recipe. I used green peppers here and added pul biber, Turkish red pepper flakes in the seasoning, along with the refreshing dried mint. The end result has been so very delicious and light in flavour – delighted to report the children loved it too.
I sprinkled some grated cheese (mild grated mozzarella, Turkish beyaz peynir or feta cheese would all work well) over a couple of our Stuffed aubergines, this version has been a delicious variation too. You can prepare the filling ahead of time; this lovely dish tastes even better the next day and freezes well.
I am passionate about healthy Turkish cuisine, packed full of wholesome, delicious recipes. It is based on seasonal produce and we use wholegrains, pulses and legumes frequently. Dishes are flavoured naturally with olive oil, nuts, spices and natural condiments like pomegranate molasses. A lot of options for vegetarian and plant based diets too, in Turkish cuisine. Over 90 healthy, delicious Turkish recipes are included at my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland. Signed hard back copies are available at this link and delivered worldwide, including US and Canada; you can also see kindle and other options here too, if interested.
- 2 dark purple medium aubergines/eggplants
- 60ml/4tbsp green lentils, rinsed
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- ½ green bell pepper, finely chopped (save 4 thin strips of green peppers for decoration)
- 200g/7oz (1/2 can of) chopped tomatoes
- 90ml/3fl oz water
- 60ml/4tbsp light olive oil, canola oil or groundnut oil to par bake the aubergine halves
- 30ml/2tbsp olive oil (for the filling)
- 4 slices of tomato for decoration
- 30ml/2tbsp grated cheese (mozzarella or beyaz peynir, feta cheese ) – optional –
- 10ml/2tsp dried mint
- 5ml/1tsp Turkish pul biber or chili flakes
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F
- Cut the aubergines/eggplants in half lengthways leaving the stalk intact. In each half of the aubergine, cut a deep split lengthways without cutting through to the skin on the opposite side and leaving ½in/13mm uncut at either end. Sprinkle salt over the flesh side of the aubergines and leave them aside for 15 minutes.
- Dry the aubergines/eggplants with kitchen towel thoroughly. Place them on a baking tray, skin side down. Pour in the light olive oil (or canola or groundnut oil) over the aubergine halves and rub the oil all round them. Bake in the preheated oven (200C/400F) for 30-35 minutes, until they soften and start to get a nice brown colour at the edges.
- While aubergines are baking, put the green lentils in a pan of boiling water, stir and cover. Simmer in low heat for 15 minutes. Drain the water and place the lentils in a medium sized bowl.
- Combine the partially cooked lentils with onion, garlic, bell peppers, chopped tomatoes, salt, dried mint, olive oil and Turkish pul biber or chili flakes in the bowl. Season with ground black pepper; check the seasoning and add more salt if needed.
- Take out the partially baked aubergines from the oven and turn the heat down to 180C/350F.
- Once cool enough to handle, gently open up the cavity of the softened aubergines. Place them on a baking dish. Spoon the filling into the cavity of the aubergine/eggplant halves, also some over the top. Place a slice of tomato and pepper on each half. Pour 90ml/3fl oz water on the can of chopped tomatoes you have used, to finish off the left over tomato sauce. Mix and pour this on the baking tray. Cover and bake in the oven for 35 minutes.
- Then uncover the baking dish, and if you prefer, sprinkle some grated cheese over. Bake further 10 minutes or until they are tender and the aubergines/eggplants are nicely browned on top.
- Serve warm or at room temperature, with pide ekmek or crusty bread aside.
- Afiyet Olsun.