Monday, July 28, 2008



This recipe is easy and delicious. You can serve it with rice and salad.


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 8 jalapeno peppers

  • 4 tbs of plain yogurt
  • 1 tbs of red pepper paste ( or 1/2 tbs of ground chili pepper)
  • 1+ 1/2 tsp of ground thyme
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • salt

Preheat the oven to 400F. In a medium mixing bowl, mix all of the ingredients for sauce. Slice the tomatoes. Dip all the thighs, tomatoes, and peppers into this mixture and place them in a baking tray. Bake them about 45 minutes or the thighs turn to golden brown.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008



I don't need to say anything about baklava, it speaks itself :)... Don't you agree?


  • 1 lb. fillo dough
  • 2 sticks of salted butter ( melted )

  • 1+1/2 cups of crushed walnuts
  • 1+1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tbs of lemon juice
In a medium pot , combine syrup ingredients and boil it for ten minutes on a medium heat. Turn off the heat and let the syrup cool down.
Divide fillo sheets into two equal parts. Brush bottom and sides of a baking tray ( 13" 17" inches ) with melted butter. Lay 3 sheets of fillo at a time, brush melted butter over entire surface . When you are done with first half, spread the filling all over covering the whole surface. Repeat with second half of fillo sheets, brushing 3 layers with melted butter. Brush separately when there are four or five sheets left.
Preheat to oven 300F. Using a sharp knife, cut deep into sheets, making rectangle shapes.

When you are finished, brush the last layer with melted butter.

Bake for about 1 hour or until nicely brown and fluffy, remove from oven, wait
three to four minutes and spoon cold syrup over.

Monday, July 7, 2008


It is hard to categorized kisir. It could be a meal by itself with some tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles and ayran or an afternoon snack with Turkish tea. For having an idea, you should try it first and decide what might it be...


  • 1+1/2 cups of bulgur ( dried, medium crushed wheat)
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1 tbs of of red pepper paste
  • 2tbs of tomato paste
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch of green onion
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbs of pomegranate syrup
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 2 lemons' juice
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper
  • salt

In a large mixing bowl, mix bulgur and boiling water and cover the lid. Let bulgur absorb the water. Meanwhile chop parsley, green onion, and garlic. When you are done with chopping, take the bulgur and add red pepper paste, tomato paste, pomegranate syrup , lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, and salt. Mix them well and then add chopped parsley, green onion, and garlic. Mix them all together.