Sultans Delight

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This is one of the nicest and simplest stews I’ve cooked in a while. I took a look at the recipe and I must admit I didn’t hold out much hope for it as it sounded a little TOO simple. But I was completely wrong. I served it with the worst eggplant puree I’ve ever tasted. Instead of eating too much of that I whipped up some rice and had that. I’m sure the eggplant puree would have been nicer had I cooked it properly. But I didn’t. Anyway, the stew itself is amazing. Top Tea!

RECIPE: (Serves 4)
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Turkish Pilav

How delicious is Turkish pilav? Well, give this a try. It’s simple and different. The nuttiness of the butter transforms the rice into something quite amazing. It took me back to Turkey where I gorged myself on it at every available opportunity.

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Lamb with Sumac & Thyme

This is a simple little dressing to brush over lamb before cooking. It adds a little bit of exotic without completely taking over the meat. You can also use a little of the intense dressing to toss through steamed vegetables to season them beautifully.

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Turkish Rice Pudding

I remember being force fed this as a child. I absolutely hated it! But times have a changed and the recipe I use is much tastier than the stodgy sliced slop I was made to eat. A beautiful Turkish recipe that leaves a warming cinnamon taste in the mouth.

RECIPE: (Serves 2)
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Dolmades

I’d always avoided even contemplating making dolmades for some reason. I had assumed they’d be impossibly difficult and fiddly to make. I was wrong. They were easy as can be and the taste was out of this world. I shall be making them on a regular basis. Fantastic!

RECIPE: (makes 20+ depending on vine leaf size)
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Zucchini & Parmesan Fritters

These were simple little patties that I made for a dinner party the other day. They were very tasty indeed. I served them with a mint yoghurt sauce. I just whizzed together in the food processor 4 tablespoons greek yoghurt with 4 tablespoons freshly chopped mint. Simple. Vegetarian. Healthy (ish).

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Turkish Layered Kofte

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This is one of the most fantastic things I’ve made in a while. It’s like a Mediterranean version of Nachos. I’ve eaten this at Turkish restaurants in Sydney, but never made it at home. I must say that the home version is supreme! It’s a great communal dinner party dish that looks a lot more complicated than it actually is. It’s so simple to prepare and the results are fantastic! Top Tea!!!

RECIPE: Serves 4-6
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