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Piyaz Salad with red onions, tomatoes, parsley and sumac

Piyaz Salad with red onions, tomatoes, parsley and sumac

Piyaz Salad with red onions, tomatoes, parsley and sumac

We had a delicious Turkish cookery class at the Divertimenti Cookery School in London on Jan. 29th with enthusiastic participants. This vibrant and easy Piyaz Salad with red onions, tomatoes and parsley, flavored with sumac was a big hit from the class. It is a traditional salad at home, especially popular alongside Turkish meatballs, Kofte, as well as Lahmacun, Turkish thin pizza with minced meat and vegetables topping. I love the tangy sumac with the red onions in this salad, gives a refreshing, zingy flavor, so delicious.

Rolling Piyaz Salad inside Lahmacun, delicious

Rolling Piyaz Salad inside Lahmacun, delicious

We also made Lahmacun, thin Turkish pizza with minced/ground meat topping at our Turkish cookery class – another big hit! – We then placed some Piyaz Salad in the middle of Lahmacun and rolled to eat, as we do it traditionally at home. Such a wonderful combination. Here’s my Lahmacun recipe, if you like to make it at home.

Wonderful participants of my Jan. 29th Turkish Cookery Class at Divertimenti Cookery School, London.

Wonderful participants of my Jan. 29th Turkish Cookery Class at Divertimenti Cookery School, London.

My next Turkish Cookery Class is on March 13th at Blid & Hatton Gatherings – only a few spots left- and on April 8th at Divertimenti Cookery School, with Pistachio lamb kebabs, baked courgette with feta & dill and many more. Here’s more information on my Turkish Cookery Classes, hope you can join us.

I hope you enjoy this easy, delicious, healthy Piyaz Salad, Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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Piyaz Salad with red onions, tomatoes, parsley and sumac
 
This vibrant and healthy Piyaz Salad gets ready in no time and it is so delicious. Red onions and tomatoes work very well with the tangy sumac; we tradionally enjoy this salad with Lahmacun, Turkish thin pizza with minced/ground meat topping, as well as Turkish meatballs. It is also a lovely salad served with cheese, olives and hummus.
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Recipe type: Salads
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 medium tomatoes, quartered and roughly chopped
  • 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 15ml/1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 ml/2 teaspoon ground sumac
  • ½ teaspoon paprika flakes – optional –
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Rub and work sumac and the salt into the onion slices with your hands really well (this will soften the onions and help spices infuse in well).
  2. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, parsley and paprika flakes, combine well.
  3. Wisk together the extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice and pour over the piyaz salad. Season with more salt (if needed) and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Serve Piyaz Salad with feta cheese, olives and/or hummus for a delicious spread. Piyaz Salad is also the ultimate accompaniment of Lahmacun and Turkish meatballs, kofte.
 

 

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Eggs with vegetables and cheese; Peynirli, Sebzeli Yumurta

Eggs with tomatoes, spring onions, peppers and crumbled feta, Turkish Style

Eggs with tomatoes, spring onions, peppers and crumbled feta, Turkish Style

 

Eggs done different ways is a big part of Turkish breakfast, my favorite meal of the day. This time, we enjoyed eggs with tomatoes, spring onions, peppers with crumbled feta or Turkish white cheese or beyaz peynir over them. This is the unscrambled version of our beloved Menemen, Turkish scrambled eggs with vegetables. We love it as the children especially enjoy dipping their bread to that glorious runny yolk. The red pepper flakes over the egg gives a delicious bit of heat.

I hope you enjoy this, Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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Eggs with vegetables and cheese & Peynirli, Sebzeli Yumurta
 
Eggs done different ways is a big part of Turkish breakfast, my favorite meal of the day. This time, we enjoyed eggs with tomatoes, spring onions, peppers with crumbled feta or Turkish white cheese or beyaz peynir over them. This is the unscrambled version of our beloved Menemen, Turkish scrambled eggs with vegetables. We love it as the children especially enjoy dipping their bread to that glorious runny yolk. The red pepper flakes over the egg gives a delicious bit of heat.
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Recipe type: Vegetarian Breakfast, Turkish Style
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs (or more if you like)
  • ½ green or yellow bell pepper, finely sliced
  • 2 spring (green) onions, finely sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely diced
  • 30 ml/ 2tablespoon olive oil
  • 60 gr/2 oz. Turkish white cheese or feta cheese, crumbled
  • 5-10 ml/ 1-2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, frying pan. Stir in the bell pepper and cook for a couple of minutes, at low to medium heat.
  2. Add the spring onions and tomatoes. Season with salt and black pepper and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Create holes in the pan and crack the eggs, cook over low to medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle the crumbled feta or white cheese around the egg and cook a further 2 minutes or so, until the egg white is set but the yolk is still runny.
  5. Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste and sprinkle red pepper flakes over the eggs.
  6. Serve hot with toasted or crusty bread

A Turkish Vegetarian Brunch Feast; Divertimenti Cookery School, London

Sunday, November 13th; 12 pm – 3.30 pm

Anatolian flat breads with cheese and spinach, Ispanakli Peynirli Gozleme, at our Turkish brunch cookery class

Anatolian flat breads with cheese and spinach, Ispanakli Peynirli Gozleme, at our Turkish brunch cookery class

Turkish style brunch is our favorite meal of the day, especially at the weekends; it’s vibrant, refreshing and a feast to all senses. I am delighted to teach a vegetarian Turkish brunch cookery class at the Divertimenti Cookery School, London on Sunday, November 13th; 12 pm – 3.30 pm. We have a feast of a menu including Anatolian flat breads with cheese & spinach, Gozleme, Olive salad with za’atar and pomegranate molasses, Turkish style scrambled eggs with onions, pepper and tomatoes – Menemen, Baklava with walnuts, Turkish Coffee and more.

Testing Bellinis with Turkish bubbly Yasasin with Melisa Atay, from Melisa Fine Brands.

Testing Bellinis with Turkish bubbly Yasasin with Melisa Atay, from Melisa Fine Brands.

Yasasin Turkish bubbly

Yasasin Turkish bubbly

Morever, we will enjoy a delicious Bellini with the Turkish Bubbly, Yasasin, by Melisa Fine Brands, I am particularly excited about introducing and celebrating Turkish wine at our class. We recently had a delicious Bellini tasting with Yasasin Turkish bubbly in London, it is gorgeous and we are in for a treat!

Participation is limited and booking is through Divertimenti Cookery School at this link, do hope you can join us!

 

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Black eyed Bean Salad with Walnuts, Pomegranates; Borulce Salatasi

Black eyed beans salad with grated carrots, turnips, walnuts and pomegranate seeds - Borulce Salatasi

Black eyed beans salad with grated carrots, turnips, walnuts and pomegranate seeds; also gluten-free – Borulce Salatasi

So good to be back to blogging and sharing recipes with you all after quite a long while, with this refreshing, wholesome  and also gluten – free Black eyed Beans Salad, a recent hit in our home.

Our feast of Turkish food from my Online Turkish Cookery Course

Our feast of Turkish food from my Online Turkish Cookery Course

I had a busy but exciting start of the year with the launch of my online Turkish cookery course (a wonderful introduction to Turkish cuisine with 4 classic Turkish recipe demonstrations; a course you can do at your own time and watch unlimited times, with a special offer at the moment. Here’s a free preview of the course)

Making the smoked eggplant puree for the Ali Nazik Kebab at my Turkish cookery class in Austin.

Making the smoked eggplant puree for the Ali Nazik Kebab at my Turkish cookery class in Austin.

Another highlight of February was teaching a wonderful series of Turkish cookery classes in the US with the Central Market Cooking Schools in Austin, San Antonio and Houston. I was really touched and delighted to see the growing interest for Turkish cuisine and meet amazing Turkish food lovers, always a treat. My next stop is Amman, Jordan in March to teach a 5 day Turkish cookery workshop and a Turkish cookery class in May in England – greatly look forward to them all.

The black-eyed pea or black-eyed bean, or borulce; makes a wholesome, delicious salad

The black-eyed pea or black-eyed bean, or borulce; makes a wholesome, delicious salad

But now I am delighted to share this delicious, refreshing and wholesome salad we’ve been enjoying recently, featuring black eyed beans or borulce, as in Turkish. The black-eyed pea or black-eyed bean, or borulce is a legume, a subspecies of the cowpea. They are also known as the California Blackeye. They also have many health benefits; black eye beans are packed with fiber, protein, potassium and low in fat. Many good reasons to incorporate them in our diet.

Delicious and healthy black eyed beans salad with walnuts and pomegranates

Delicious and healthy black eyed beans salad with walnuts and pomegranates

This black eyed beans salad is a wholesome, refreshing and vibrant salad with plenty of zing. Grated carrots and bell peppers bring wonderful natural sweetness and work well with radishes, onions and crunchy walnuts. I love the tangy pomegranates molasses & olive oil in the dressing (you can make your own pomegranate molasses with my recipe here); all these flavor the black eyed beans beautifully. You can also add pomegranate seeds as I did in this salad; they add a great texture and taste.

I hope you enjoy substantial, delicious salad; Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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Black eyed Bean Salad with Walnuts, Pomegranate; Borulce Salatasi
 
This black eyed beans salad, Borulce Salatasi, is a wholesome, refreshing and vibrant salad with plenty of zing. Grated carrots and bell peppers bring wonderful natural sweetness and work well with radishes, onions and crunchy walnuts. Pomegranate seeds and pomegranate molasses bring a tangy, refreshing flavor.
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Recipe type: Healthy Turkish Salads with black eyed beans
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 175gr / 6 oz. / 1 cup dried black eyed beans
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped coarsely
  • ½ red onion, chopped finely
  • 2 spring (green) onions, chopped finely
  • 5 small radishes; quartered and sliced
  • ½ cup / 3 oz. / 90 gr pomegranate seeds
  • 40 gr/ 1.5 oz. / ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • Handful of flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 30 ml/ 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 ml/ 2 tsp. pomegranate molasses – optional-
  • Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Soak the dried black eyed beans overnight in plenty of cold water.
  2. Next day, drain, rinse and put the beans into a pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 35 - 40 minutes. Drain and rinse the cooked beans in cold water to refresh and retain their texture.
  3. Stir in the chopped onions and green (spring) onions in a large bowl and add ½ tsp sea salt. Work the salt into the onions with your hands; this will soften the onions and make them more palatable in the salad.
  4. Stir in the rest of chopped vegetables to the bowl and mix well.
  5. Add the cooked black eyed beans, pomegranate seeds and chopped walnuts to the bowl, combine well.
  6. Pour in the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and pomegranate molasses over the salad, give a good mix.
  7. Check the seasoning and add more salt if required and season with freshly ground black pepper.
  8. Stir in the chopped parsley and combine all gently. Afiyet Olsun!

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