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Ozlem’s Turkish Table Cookery Book and Turkish cookery classes

Sian Irvine’s beautiful shot of still life;  aubergines and pomegranates for my cookery book coming up, Ozlem’s Turkish Table – Recipes from My Homeland

Merhaba dear All,

I hope this note finds you well and you had an enjoyable summer. I was in Turkey – in Istanbul then in Bodrum – it was very special to be back home and spend quality time with my family.

The last few months have also been very busy preparing my Turkish cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish TableRecipes from My Homeland with GP Publishing. If you may recall, we had a fantastic photo shoot with the very talented Sian Irvine Photograpy back in July. Since then, we have been lovingly editing and shaping each chapter; it’s now coming together beautifully and I can not wait to share with you all!

This book will be a compilation of my favorite Turkish recipes and a special tribute to my southern Turkish roots, with an emphasis on regional dishes from my hometown Antakya and southern Turkey in general, along with my personal stories. There will be some lovely black and white photos of my parents, grandparents and family in the book, which are so dear to me; these were the people I got my inspiration from and the book is their legacy, it will be special to share with you all. With this book, I truly hope you feel the warmth, generous, sharing spirit of our Turkish culture; I truly hope it may inspire you to have a go at the recipes – and there will be delicious new recipes too – and that the book will help you to connect with my beautiful homeland.

It’s been a labor of love in the making but we are almost there – we plan to be ready for pre-orders by November and the book will be out in March 2018. I hope to be able to personally sign the copies for you and hope to see you at one of our pre-order book events – stay tuned!

Sunny Flavours of Turkey with Ozlem Warren, Divertimenti Cookery School, London

Hands On Masterclass, Saturday 7th October, 11:00am – 2:30pm

I have a delicious, hands on Turkish cookery class coming up at the Divertimenti Cookery School in London on Saturday, October 7th, with home made baklava and many more. Below is the class details, do hope you can join us!

Participation is limited, please kindly book through Divertimenti Cookery School at this link

Home made baklava is delicious and easier than you think, we will have a go at our class in Divertimenti Cookery School, London on October 7th, 2017

Please join us as we will  cling on to the autumnal sunshine than with a feast of delights from Ozlem’s Turkish Table. Showcasing authentic, regional recipes from her beloved homeland, you will cook alongside Ozlem preparing a selection of seasonal dishes from this colourful and aromatic cuisine as well as learn about Turkish coffee. Recipes will include ‘Zeytinyagli Sarma’ (Stuffed Vine Leaves), ‘Shepherds Salad, ‘Iskender Kebab (Tender slices of meat over pita bread with roasted vegetables and yoghurt sauce), ‘Baklava with Walnuts’ and Turkish Coffee.

What I have been cooking lately..

Spicy bulgur and lentil soup, Ezo Gelin Corba is in the menu

With the temperatures turning cooler, I have been cooking wholesome soups like Ezo Gelin Corba, Turkish spicy bulgur and lentil soup. We love this soup as a family; it’s satisfying, easy to make and so delicous, flavored with dried mint and red pepper flakes. I tend to make a big batch and freeze leftovers, works very well. Here’s the link for my Ezo Gelin corba, I hope you enjoy it too.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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Ozlem’s Turkish Table Cookery Book – in the making!

Merhaba dear All,

I hope you are all well. Apologies for a bit of silence from my end; it’s been a very busy few months with teaching Turkish cookery in England, Istanbul and in Amman – Jordan, as well as being a part of exciting events like the Taste of London, thanks to Turkish Tourism Board – UK’s kind invitation; it was great to share Turkish cuisine with everyone.

But the main event that kept me busy has been the preparation for my Turkish cookery book. It’s been very exciting and busy getting the content ready and the photo shoots excitement last week all of a sudden made this special project very real. Here I wanted to share a little glimpse of our very exciting and labor of love 5 day photo shoot for my Turkish cookery book. My very special thanks goes to the amazing food photographer dear Sian Irvine, who passionately shot each and every image with a huge expertise, I can’t thank her enough. Over 70 dishes have been lovingly prepared and photographed, with huge thanks to an army of dear friends who helped during the shoots and gave their plates and bowls to be used as props. A labor of love in making but so worth it, enjoyed every minute of it:

Getting ready for the Turkish breakfast spread photo shoot

Turkish breakfast spread, almost there, one of my favorite chapters in the book! Love all the freshness and abundance of Turkish cuisine.

My dear publishers George and Brenda at GB Publishing, most kindly let us use their wonderful space for our photo shoot for 5 days and their living room became our “Prop Room” with a vast collection of plates, bowls, textile, boards and more, our huge thanks to them for their kindness – in return, we made sure they sampled each and every dish after the shoot !:)

Here’s our prop room!

More of the prop room!

A close up on a part of the Turkish breakfast spread – I can eat this all day long!

Getting the spices ready for the photo shoot – essential part of southern Turkish cookery

The crew getting the fresh produce shoot ready

Sian is shooting the mezze spread – another highlight from the book

All curious eyes checking the images over the Image man Jonny’s expert hands

Some of the absolutely fabulous dear friends, Heleen, Ann and Susie here, helping out during the shoots and the lovely Sian, my sincere gratitude each and every one of them

My publishers George, Brenda, our lovely photographer Sian and some of the fabulous friends helping, dear Susie and Claire here- sitting down after the shot and enjoying the food we produced together. My huge thanks also goes to dear Mina, Ellie and Leonie who helped out and kindly packed us all up!

I hope you enjoy having a little glimpse of our 5 day photo shoot with over 70 dishes lovely prepared and presented – a labor of love in making and so very special. My photos really don’t do enough justice, I can’t wait for you to see the real images, they are absolutely amazing.

This Turkish cookery book project is a tribute to my homeland and a very dear project to my heart, a dream come true! It will have a special focus on Southern Turkish cuisine though my favorite, classic Turkish recipes will also be featured. I have so longed to share my homeland’s bountiful, delicious, healthy cuisine, packed with culinary traditions and high on hospitality, generosity and warmth, along with my personal stories; I really can’t wait to share this special book with you all. Many of you so kindly filled in my Turkish cookery book Survey with your valuable feedback, my sincere thanks. If you haven’t had a chance to do yet and may be able to fill in, your feedback would be greatly appreciated it to help shape the book.  As a thank you, if you leave your name and email address at the end of the survey, you will be entitled to a 10% discount when the book is published. I would be more than happy to send you a signed copy!

We plan to start the pre-orders for the book as of end October, with a worldwide publication as of March 2018, I so look forward to sharing this special book with you all!

My best wishes for a wonderful summer – I will be back home, Turkey and I can not wait – and I will be in touch on my return. In the meantime, I wanted to share one of my favorite salads, Antakya’s Cokelek Salatasi – crumbled feta cheese salad with spices; perfect for Turkish breakfast and brunch.

Cokelek Salata; crumbled white cheese or feta salad, flavored with spices and olive oil

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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Turkish Mezze Night on May 30th, Stuffed Vine Leaves and More

Merhaba dear All,

Stuffed vine leaves, Sarma, will be at our Turkish Mezze feast at Nest Home and Cafe

I wanted to share my upcoming Turkish Cookery Events with you all. Also with this note, I wanted to share my stuffed vine leaves with aromatic rice, Sarma recipe at this link, which will feature at my Turkish Mezze Night at the lovely Nest Home and Cafe in Ripley, Surrey on Tuesday, May 30th. It is a special dish and always bring happy childhood memories. Making stuffed vine leaves has always been a family affair at my home; my dad would separate and prepare the leaves, my mother would prepare the filling and we all would gather around the table and help rolling the leaves! One of my childhood favorites, I couldn’t wait for the rolls to be cooked and ever eager to do a “taste check” from the pan, delicious memories. Hope you enjoy making stuffed vine leaves, sarma, with my recipe here.

Turkish Mezze Night; Sunshine on a Plate; Tuesday May 30th, 6.30 pm – 9 pm

Courgette fritters with feta and dill; Mucver will be a part of our Mezze Night

I am delighted to let you know that I will be hosting another delicious Turkish Mezze Night on Tuesday, May 30th at the lovely Nest Home and Cafe in Ripley, Surrey – England, from 6.30 pm to 9 pm.  Our first Mezze Night at Nest was magical and this one promises to be special too! I am very much looking forward to welcoming everyone and sharing the delights of my homeland at this special night.

We will be celebrating delicious spring flavors, plates of sunshine from my homeland; stuffed vine leaves with aromatic rice, smoked aubergine salad, courgette fritters with feta and dill, Turkish flat breads with vegetables and cheese topping, Pide and many more in the menu. We will also have Turkish wine, Turkish Coffee and Turkish Delight and my home made baklava with walnuts, back on popular demand! More than a meal,  I will be talking about Turkish Cuisine, along with stories and traditions from my homeland as well as giving information about each course served and preparation tips.

Peynirli pide, Turkish flat breads with cheese, spinach and pepper topping is at our Turkish Mezze Night

Menu :

Stuffed wine leaves with aromatic rice – Sarma

Courgette fritters with feta and dill, served with garlic yoghurt – Mucver

Hummus with red pepper flakes infused olive oil

Smoked aubergine salad with olive oil and mint sauce

Turkish flatbreads with cheese, spinach and peppers topping, Pide

Home made Baklava with walnuts

Turkish Wine

Turkish Coffee and Turkish Delights

Cost per person: 48 GBP (includes Turkish wine and Turkish coffee and all food served). Please email ozlem@ozlemsturkishtable.com for registration and payment.

Date : Tuesday, May 30th, 2017, 6.30 pm to 9 pm.

Place: Nest Home and Cafe  High St, Ripley, Woking GU23 6AQ  ( Free Parking at the Village Car Park off Rose Lane, as well as free parking on the Green next to the cricket pitch)

Participation for this Turkish Mezze Night is limited and this event is also promises to sell out quickly so early registration is recommended.

Hope you can join our magical Mezze Night, I am greatly looking forward to welcoming you and sharing this delightful evening of Turkish food, along with stories from my homeland.

Turkish Cookery Class, Saturday 8th April, 11:00am – 2:30pm

Divertimenti Cookery School, London

Pistachio lamb kebabs, baked cauliflower with feta and dill and more at our April 8th cookery class

Please join us to welcome the start of spring with a feast of delights from Ozlem’s Turkish Kitchen. Showcasing authentic, regional recipes from her homeland you will cook alongside Ozlem preparing a selection of seasonal springtime dishes from this colourful and aromatic cuisine as well as learn about and taste Turkish sparkling wine by Melissa Fine Brands. Recipes will include ‘Karnabahar Mucveri’ (Baked cauliflower with red onion, feta, dill and spring onions), ‘Fistikli Kebap’ (Pistachio and lamb kebabs on flatbreads with roasted veg), Potato, Pepper and Olive Bake’, ‘Yogurt Tatlisi’ (Yoghurt cake with zesty orange), Turkish Coffee.
For class details and booking, please visit Divertimenti Cookery School at this link.

My Turkish Cookery Book Survey

As some of you already know, I am in the midst of planning a Turkish Cookery Book which will focus on the healthy, easy to make, delicious recipes of my homeland, Turkey.

The book I am planning will be a collection of both recipes and my personal stories-  a tribute to my dear homeland –  with a special emphasis on the relatively unknown dishes of Southern Turkey, which will sit alongside some of the more traditional Turkish and Eastern Mediterranean classics.

I would be very grateful if you could fill in my survey with your honest, valuable feedback.  The survey will take less than a minute to complete and is completely anonymous. My sincere thanks to you all, who already filled in the survey with your very precious feedback, it is much appreciated.

Here’s the link to my Turkish Cookery Book Survey 

As a thank you, if you leave your name and email address at the end of the survey, you will be entitled to a 10% discount when the book is published. I would be more than happy to send you a signed copy!

My sincere thanks in advance, Cok Tesekkurlerimle,

 Ozlem
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