Sorry, this entry is only available in German.
Do you love a good barbecue with nicely roasted goods and matching spreads that are meant to be wiped away with a piece of bread? Do you crave a good sandwich bread that soaks up all the juice and sauce? And do you like to snack away and plain bread with butter from time to time too? I feel you! Enter, cheesy spelt focaccia that is sure to cater to all of those moments. It’s a staple a for me. Especially if there are many hungry mouth to feed.
Luckily the recipe is pretty straightforward. Like with any yeast dough the only thing you need to add is time. All other steps are not even worth mentioning. I usually go for my favorite toppings: gooey mozzarella, some hard cheese, rosemary and a few slices of dried tomato (see note below), refined with tasty oil. Not just any oil, but the oil those dried tomatoes bathed in before. This herb and garlic infused oil is a true gem and too good to waste. …
2 days of action, a team of 5, tons of equipment and dirty dishes, exhausted bodies and happy eyes. Not much to add to a very successful shooting. Except for, you are darn sexy dear Kitchen Stories team! Ole, Clarissa, Pei, Artur und Joni, may I take you for wife, husband and production team? 😃
In case you are wondering why I’m so overly exciting about all of this, let me explain a common challenge most food bloggers encounter at some point of their blogging routine. So taking images of food is difficult, but with some exercise this can actually be done in no time. Showing some life and action i.e. showing a hand is a little more advanced – cut to weirdly bend arms of a blogger who would actually try to hold a spoon while taking a photo at the same time. But then there are recipe videos. You need light, a camera, someone who holds that f*ing camera, someone who has the slightest idea to present food from the right angle, as well as some talent to put this all together into a video that actually makes sense…
Let’s say it comes in quite handy to suddenly have all of these things above waiting in front of your doorsteps.
Unfortunately, just like the intro video, my recipe videos are only available in German for now, but I’d like to share them with you nonetheless. Hopefully I’ll find some time to add Englisch subtitles at some point. Let me know if you want to help me on this 😊
But don’t fret, there is still a written version for you to test out immediately. Enjoy this Turkish street food staple at home! Thank you Kitchen Stories for making my recipes look so darn delicious!
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Don’t be fooled. This is not your ordinary baked potato. Just speaking of ‘Kumpir’ (pronounced koompeer) is like diving deep into the sunday-cravings of just about every Turk living close to the Bosphorus. Heading out to grab a Kumpir on any given weekend is the equivalent of Berliners going out to a club on Sundays. It’s just something you do. No questions asked. What’s more, a week without just doesn’t feel right. Especially now with all the political turmoil going on, grabbing a Kumpir feels like taking one last bite of normality.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Kumpir yet, it is a massive baked potato drowned in sauces, overflowing with all kinds of processed salads, sausages and cheese. Yes another one of those bummers for us FODMAPers. The good news, it couldn’t be easier to turn this dish into some full-blown, low FODMAP deliciousness. You can top it off with everything that makes you purr with delight. Following a first ‘healthy’ kumpir recipe in my cookbook, I thought I’d share another winning combo with you today!…
„Black is the new green. Trust me, in 2015 black rice will take over your kitchen.“ – Tweet that
This is pure deliciousness: Lucky rice, forbidden rice, the emperor’s rice, call it what you like. But if there’s one thing you might want to try this week, make it black rice! Its slightly chewy texture and sweet tang make my senses dance the samba time and time again. What’s more, research suggests it is rich in antioxidants and healthy fibre. Bye bye then guilty rice conscience. Better stock up on black rice asap!
There may have been few signs of it lately on FRUCTOPIA, but don’t be fooled, fructose malabsorption still plays a major role in my life. While I sometimes feel as though the symptoms are not worth mentioning anymore, I can’t help but remember the hell I used to go through before receiving the liberating diagnosis. Who would have thought, I’m actually feeling rather fine these days. True story.
“Well, good for you!“ you might find yourself thinking. When you are new to fructose malabsorption and knee-deep into your elimination phase, you may also be asking yourself how anyone could possibly be feeling fine, when dealing with fructose malabsorption? …
I’m back. Six weeks have gone by with our new Turkish life keeping me too busy to prepare my next post. So here it goes, just in time for our two month Istanbul anniversary. Let’s see, what have we been up to during these past couple weeks? Well, the first five weeks we spent unpacking and packing our stuff, moving from one part of the city to another and enjoying the endless hospitality of our local friends. We were, and still are, incredibly lucky to have such amazing Turkish friends, who made it possible for us to stay with them, while looking for and eventually finding a place of our own. Three weeks ago we moved into our own flat and let me tell you, it’s beautiful! It’s located in the center of the city and the rent is pretty cheap compared to the horrendous rents elsewhere in this city. We have a view of the Golden Horn and three roosters that live in front of our window, adding a rural touch to our surroundings. Yes, I’m still talking about Istanbul, home to over 15 million people. And finally, two weeks after moving in, our friend by the name of Internet decided to join us. So we have been busy catching up with our families and friends abroad and reviewing new Turkish vocabulary on Memrise (I love this tool!). We also welcomed our first guests from Germany to our new home. Together we embarked on trips to the Asian side of Istanbul and to Bursa, home to the classical Turkish dish called Iskender Kebap. We rode the Bosphorus ferries and fell silent in stunning buildings and mosques, while frequently sipping on Turkish tea, enjoying a rare low-fructose Mojito (the secret ingredient: Jasmine tea!) and discovering Yoghurt-Rice-Soup.
Another recent pastime of ours has been the gradual filling up of our supply cabinet and gigantic fridge, getting me in the mood to attempt some new recipes. The first recipe I’m about to share with you is a recipe for a low-fructose quiche, which I prepared last Sunday for our house-warming/thank you brunch. While my boyfriend cooked an incredibly delicious chili-con-carne, I wanted to serve something without meat, low in fructose and easy to prepare, which lead me to a quiche.
To save me some time, I decided to go for yufka (phyllo) dough instead of regular quiche dough. Yufka is used widely in Turkish cuisine and is easy to find as everybody here seems to love it. To make sure I got the quality stuff, I decided not to buy just any yufka dough from the supermarket. Instead, I turned to my local Yufkaci, a professional yufka maker, who sells nothing other than fresh yufka and the occasional tray of baklava. The sheets I got there were so thin and fresh, they had to be handled with ultimate care. They were so big, that each sheet yielded for two layers of my quiche.
However, the special ingredient in this quiche wasn’t yufka. Enter nettle. In case you are wondering if I’m seriously talking about the stingy leaves that grow almost everywhere, yes, I sure am. Nettle can currently be found in every farmer’s market in Istanbul so I couldn’t resist buying it and figuring our how to implement it in my cooking. The good news is, once it’s cooked in plenty of hot water the sting is gone. The second good news is that it’s full of magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin A und C (it contains about 7 times more vitamin C than oranges) and contains an adequate amount of protein. Are you ready for a delicious nettle beetroot quiche ? Here you go!
Recipe: Nettle beetroot quiche (fructose friendly)*
Prep time 20 minutes, baking time 45 minutes
(*please note: I developed this recipe before I went gluten-free, this quiche contains wheat.)
6 sheets of yufka (Phyllo dough, use gluten free if available)
about 4-5 Tbsp Butter (should be enough to thoroughly grease the pan and yufka sheets)
1 bunch of fresh, washed nettle (use gloves for washing)
1 garlic clove, sliced
1 cooked, peeled beetroot (I usually buy fresh beet root and cook it as it is in hot water for about 15 minutes)
1 handful of crumbled, fresh feta cheese
4 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
Preheat your oven to 350° F. Bring a big pot of water to boil, add a pinch of salt and plunge the bunch of nettle in. Blanch for 45 seconds, strain through a colander and quickly rinse off with cold water. Let it drain.
In the meantime, melt butter. Grease your quiche pan thoroughly with butter and place the first layer of yufka. Grease the sheet of yufka and place the next sheet on top. Continue until you have six layers of yufka. Grease the last sheet of yufka with butter and place sliced garlic on top of it. I didn’t even bother to sauté the garlic.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, 1/2 tsp. salt, fresh pepper, the cream and milk. Squeeze out the remaining water from the nettle and sprinkle evenly on top of the yufka sheets. Then, gently pour the egg mixture over it. Slice the beetroot, and place carefully on top of the mixture. Finish by sprinkling some crumbled Feta cheese on top. Transfer the quiche into the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, until the quiche is puffy and the center is set. Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature. Goes well with a nice green salad and fresh parsley.
Finally, we have arrived in Istanbul! The place we will be calling home for the next six months or longer, we’ll see. Right now, we don’t know what expects us, what experiences await us. But who wants to know everything in advance anyway? What we weren’t expecting: waterfall like rain showers. Thank you for this warm welcome Istanbul! But it’s exactly the excuse you need to withdraw into the cozy kitchen and cook something nice and heartwarming. …