Talking Turkey

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 December, 2010, 12:00am

I came across Binnur's Turkish Cookbook ( after a trip to Istanbul last year. While the street food got a bit repetitious after a while, our trips to restaurants both humble and upmarket gave us a glimpse into the varied cuisine that - to us - was wonderfully exotic. I came back with suitcases loaded with spices, fresh and dried fruits and bottles of pomegranate molasses, fully intending to become an expert in Turkish food. Of course, that hasn't happened - after all, it takes effort to get up and walk away from a computer on which I'm 'doing research' and into the kitchen. But when I do start to cook Turkish food, I'll start with this blog.

Binnur describes herself as a 'Turkish housewife and mother who has been living in Canada since 1995', and who wants to introduce her readers to her native cuisine. She's been blogging for more than five years and her repertoire of recipes is extensive. You want pilaf? There are more than 25 to choose from, including Istanbul pilaf (with chicken breast, almond, pistachio and saffron), bulgur pilaf with spinach and pilaf with chicken liver. Kebabs? They're there, too, ranging from kofte kebab wrapped in eggplant (above) to shrimp, doner and chestnut kebabs. Other categories include soups, appetisers, desserts, pastries and breads.