Manti / Mantı

I remember eating mantı (pronounced maantuh) when I was really little while on holiday visiting family in Turkey, watching as hundreds of teeny tiny parcels of yumminess were origamied into existence, kind of like the smallest ravioli you can imagine. And yes, that’s an i without a dot, one of the many vowels in the… Continue reading Manti / Mantı

Doner kebab

Please please please can lockdown end soon (and summer arrive) so that we can have a whole bunch of friends and family over and feed everyone with these incredibly simple and tasty kebabs? Pretty please? Until then, we’ll just keep making them and dreaming about better times. This is most definitely something I wish I’d… Continue reading Doner kebab

Stuffed peppers

More comfort food from childhood, and one of my father’s specialities. Any colour of pepper will do – I like the green ones, but my family prefer red or yellow as they’re sweeter. There’s probably a gazillion different recipes out there, but this is the way my parents (and my father’s family) always made them,… Continue reading Stuffed peppers

Lemon meatball soup

AKA Ekşili köfte, AKA the taste of my childhood. There’s nothing quite like it on the comfort food scale for me or my siblings, and it’s one of the only recipes I ever managed to get my father to write down (it says helpful things like ‘carrots’ as you can see further down the page).… Continue reading Lemon meatball soup

Ottolenghi’s Lamb + feta meatballs

Or, as I like to call them, Ottolenghi’s balls, because I’m such a child. A variation on kofte, these are excellent. Served here with rice, griddled strips of courgette (use a veg peeler to cut really thin slices, toss them in a little olive oil, then lay them in a hot dry griddle pan until… Continue reading Ottolenghi’s Lamb + feta meatballs

Lamb shish kebab

Oh boy these are good. Prep the lamb, get it marinating in the morning, and you’ll have delicious tender kebabs for dinner. Serve them any which way you fancy – with potato salad, baked potato, tiny roast potatoes, fries, wedges, chips, mash potato, potato rosti, buttered new potatoes, hasselhoff potatoes (I’m sorry, I’ll stop now),… Continue reading Lamb shish kebab

Lahmajun

One of my all time top favourite foods, and one that instantly takes me back to childhood and holidays visiting family in Istanbul. When word gets out now that a batch has been made then sibling seem to turn up out of the blue looking hopeful for leftovers. Oh and the day I discovered that… Continue reading Lahmajun