*SAVOURY*RECIPES/Salato/Ana Yemekler/Αλμυρό/مالح /Salado

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Having grown up living in and visiting Mediterranean / Middle Eastern homes where the kitchen was at the heart of every day life, I’ve picked up a thing or two.

I don’t know whether I’m just greedy, or if I actually consider cooking a therapeutic art and labour of love.

If you locate a dish’s origins on a map, you see how areas and boundaries merge with the similarities of certain dishes amongst other cultural aspects.  The notorious rivalry between the Greeks and the Turks  squabbling over who claims ownership of Baklava, or between the Italians and Spanish where Turron / Torrone is concerned is futile. Or the great Pizza / Pitta / Pide debate – forget about that one, we ALL know Pizza was invented in Napoli 😉

Although the names of dishes vary around the Mediterranean, the style of eating always remains the same – sociable, generous and delicious.

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Here you will find main meals, salads, vegetable dishes, antipasto, meze, and anything else for the savoury palate.

Baked Feta with Tomatoes and Green Pepper – simple, rustic and deicious.

Balkan Breakfast – A ritual?

Beef & Bean Stew – Kuru Fasulye

Black Olive & Feta Cake

Borek – Cheesy Recipe

Borek  – Meaty Recipe

Bread – Simple sesame bread recipe

Bread Soup – Italian Style: Zuppa di Pane Cotto

Bread Soup – Balkan Style: Popara

Burgers – Pork and Fennel Burgers stuffed with Graviera Cheese

Cannellini Bean Mash – tasty, nutritious and economical

Cheesy Bread Pudding

Cheesy Courgette Borek

Cheese & Dill Cookies

Chicken and Pinenut Village Style Rice

Chicken Soup – Turkish style.

Courgettes Stuffed with Smoked Feta and Bulgur Wheat

Eggs in Purgatory – Eggs poached in Tomato Sauce Italian style.

Farinata di Ceci / Karantita / Karane / Calentita – Baked Chickpea Batter

Fennel Seed Crackers – Puglian ‘Taralli’

Fergese Tirane – Cooked Red Pepper and Feta Cheese

Goats Cheese Salad – Lebanese Style

Haydari – chilled strained yoghurt, white cheese and dill dip.

Kafta – Minced Meat Kebabs

Kibbeh Bil Saniye – Spiced baked meatloaf, Levantine style.

Kisir – Bulgur Wheat Salad – crunchy & sour.

Lamb and Potato Bake – the ultimate Puglian comfort food

Lentil Kofte – Red Lentil Patties (Great for veggies!)

Lentil Soup – Wholesome, Turkish style red lentil soup (Mercimek Çorbası)

Manoush – Lebanese Breakfast Pizza

Mantija – Balkan Beef Pastries

Menemen – Turkish Style Tomato and Egg Breakfast Dish

Mousaka – Syrian Style Aubergine and Chick Peas

Pan Fried Cheese – Saganaki

Pasta with Chickpeas– Pasta e Ceci in Italian. ‘Lampp ‘e tuone’ in Napoletano!

Peperonata – Nonna’s Pepper Recipe

Peperoni Verdi – Small Green Neapoletan Peppers with Cherry Tomatoes

Pumpkin Antipasto

Pumpkin, Hazelnut and Ricotta Salad

Pumpkin Seeds

Rocket & Walnut Pesto

Sea Bream, Baked with Potatos and Olives – First sampled in Tropikal resort, Durres.

Sobrassada – A way Menorcans use Sobrassada – Thanks to the Pons Quintana family 🙂

Spaghetti alla Carrettiere – Raw sauce; simple, tasty & fuss free.

Stuffed Vine Leaves (with meat) – Yaprak Sarmasi – a firm favorite in Murat’s family houehold.

Stuffed Vine Leaves (Meatless) – Yaprak Sarmasi with Rice, Pinenuts, Sultanas & Dill.

Ta’Chin – Persian Crispy rice with Chicken

Tortano – Traditional Southern Italian festive bread stuffed with cheese and ham.

Turkish Breakfast – A ritual in itself, the satisfying Turkish style breakfast will set you up until dinner.

Yogurt Soup – Tasty chicken broth fortified with yogurt, eggs and mint butter.

Za’atar Palestinian spice Mix for use on bread / meat.

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