Blood Orange Lamb

While we like a lot of the same dishes and flavors, Selim and I approach cooking in completely different ways. He likes to combine flavors and add a pinch of this and a dash of that, until he ends up with a delicious end result. Frequently (and unfortunately) this doesn’t lend itself to sharing on…

Turkish Manti

I distinctly remember the first time I had manti. It was on my first visit to Istanbul. Selim’s cousins took us out to dinner one night at a restaurant I wish I could remember ūü§∑‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ I was eyeing the mantńĪ, that was described in English as “lamb dumplings in yogurt sauce.” One of Selim’s cousins…

Lamb Meatballs with Minty Pesto

Here’s our first guest chef post courtesy of Ally’s mom! How this hasn’t happened before is mind-boggling because she is an amazing cook. Ally was super lucky to grow up with a mom who made homemade dinner essentially every night of the week. As a typical ungrateful teenager, Ally used to¬†not¬†appreciate this as much as…

Lamb & Chickpea ‘Tagine’

Ok, so this isn’t a real tagine because, well, I didn’t make it in a tagine. I used the word in the title because it’s so evocative of the flavors and cuisine I was trying to cook tonight. I do really want a tagine one of these days, along with all sorts of other cool…

Tangy Moroccan Meatballs

As a newbie blogger, I like to think I’m following all of the blogging etiquette rules out there. (Although honestly, I have no idea… I could be committing some blogger faux pas with every post for all I know… someone give us a heads up!) But one thing I do know – because it’s common…

Sultan Selim Kofte

K√∂fte is one of those dishes that calls to mind something slightly different for every person. Apparently, some company in Turkey determined that there are 291 varieties of¬†k√∂fte native to that country alone. (I get my information via Wikipedia’s kofte page, because I can’t read the¬†original article in Turkish – so hopefully it’s not lying…

Sfiha

Yesterday¬†morning before going to the grocery store, we had a pretty standard conversation around here… “Do you want to pick out a new recipe to try tonight before we go to the store?” “Duh.” Selim was perusing one of our favorite books, The World’s Best Street Food, from Lonely Planet. Our friend Kayla gave it…