Mercimek Köftesi (Lentil Kofte)

This is very a tasty, easy to prepare and healthy meal for any occasion. You can serve it as an appetizer or even a full meal. I tried it for the first time around a week ago in a restaurant and immediately decided it will be on my menu as well. The recipe comes from almostturkish site and the only thing I had to change is adding a little bit more pepper and tomato paste.  Continue reading

Green Chicken Noodles (WOK style)

WOK is a great tool for cooking. You get a delicious dinner very fast, very hot and very yummy. It’s really a matter of imagination. Just by tossing a few of your favourite ingredients you can get a delicious meal in no time. My idea for this recipe was to go green and results were absolutely stunning. I did this twice in just one day, both for dinner and supper. Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did! Continue reading

Tinga de pollo

This recipe comes from chocorroldevainilla blog and I found it quite delicious. The tortillas in the photo are home made and also according to a recipe found on Luba’s blog :) You can serve it on its own or along with your favourite veggies. Here I decided to go with corn, salad and tomato. For the sauce I added more tomatoes than the original recipe required (6 medium tomatoes) and therefore I cooked it a bit longer to reduce the juices and make a thick sauce. In total it took me around 20 minutes to cook it down but in the end the cooking time will depend on the amount and size of your tomatoes. Thanks for the recipe Luba! Continue reading

Ezme Salata

This dish made me reconsider the value of an onion. It’s a great companion to fish as well as red meat. Thanks to all the parsley you will not turn into an onion breathing dragon, what’s more mint makes it pretty light and refreshing. If you are confident with your knife skills you can chop all the ingredients of the salad very finely, almost into a mash. If you think it’s too much to bother just use a food processor. Make sure though not to end up with an onion smoothie. You really want to puls it all up to 8-10 times in total. There will be a fair amount of juice coming from the tomato and lemon, just enough though to flavour the salad an not turn it into a soup. Continue reading

Cucumber-tomato-onion Raita

There’s a reason why I didn’t bother with a nicer presentation of this dish in the bowls. This is just so good there’s no time to arrange it or take multiple photos, you just want to eat it immediately! I tasted this type of raita around two years ago in Masala Restaurant in Prague and I absolutely fell in love with it. It was not a side dish for me, it was the star of the whole meal.  Not only the flavour combination was surprisingly tasty but also its soothing effect when eating spicy biryani won me over completely. And perhaps that’s how it works best, in combination with extremely spicy dishes. This raita, biryani of your choice and garlic naan together make a perfect meal. Unfortunately I moved out of Prague and started to miss Masala’s special raita. I decide to recreate it basing on what I remembered. Results totally knocked me over. After experimenting a bit I perfected the ratio of ingredients. Behold the perfect raita! Continue reading

Marinara Sauce

This is just a basic tomato sauce that you can use for anything you want really. It can be a spaghetti sauce and that’s how I used it this time. I put cooked spaghetti into my sauce and mixed well so all the spaghetti strings got covered in this beautiful red sauce. I topped it with green olives and parmesan. Or you can use it to prepare chicken parmesan. If you have some leftover sauce why not use it for eggs baked in marinara sauce. Possibilities are endless. Wine is optional, and not traditional to this recipe though I find it gives a very nice taste here. Found this great recipe here. Continue reading

Chicken Parmesan

I found this chicken very tasty and easy to make as well. There’s not a lot of work with this recipe, especially if you decide to use a ready marinara sauce. Of course home-made is always better but we don’t always have time to prepare it. Recipe found here. Continue reading