Fried Pastry with Syrup

Tulumba Tatlısı

You can hear the dictum “Eat sweet, speak sweet” from the elders very frequently in Turkey. So, it is no wonder why almost every Turkish gathering starts with serving candy, and does not end before serving a dessert.

Fried Pastry with Syrup

Due to the Sufi tradition, sweets and desserts had special places in the Ottoman cuisine. As the successor of the Ottomon cuisine, Turkish cuisine also has a broad variety of desserts.

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Baked Squash

Fırında Kabak Tatlısı

Last year, I bought a butternut squash from the farmers’ market, located in the downtown. When I got bored one day, I turned it into a welcome sign. It survived about 9 months. Last week, I realized that it started to go bad, so I had to cook it ASAP.

Baked Squash

When I was skinning it, it struck me why I started drawing pictures on it instead of cooking it. I hate skinning a squash. Everytime I skin a squash, I cut my fingers. This time it was my thumb.

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Semolina Halva

İrmik Helvası

Halva is the name of two distinctly different types of dessert. One of them is candy like dessert made from tahini, and can be stored for a very long time. It is very popular in the Middle East, the Balkans, and other areas around the Mediterranean.

Semolina Halva

The other one is made from semolina (or flour), and should be consumed relatively shorter time. Semolina halva is a very common dessert in Turkey. (And I recenlty learned it is also a very common dessert in India).

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