Friday, August 23, 2013

Sweet Potato Sandwich

For a long time I tried to find a way to eat sweet potato, so when I encounter this recipe on a vegetarian website, I tried and liked it a lot.

Note: This recipe is for 7-8 sandwiches.


  • 2 Sweet potatoes
  • 1 can of Lima beans 
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
  • Salt, black pepper, cumin, oregano, red flare pepper (any kind of spice you like)
  • 3 avocados
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Olive oil


Boil sweet potatoes until they get soft, they peel and crush them in a large bowl. Add beans and tahini first, and when they are all mixed add flour and spices. You can use a food processor if you wish, but I prefer to do it with my hands

Take a pan and put a little bit olive oil, and take small patches from the mixture and cook them on the pan. 

Take a wheat sandwich bread, after putting some mustard on it, place one patch, sliced avocados and lettuce. You can sprinkle more spice on the top.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Salty Cookie

Most people think 'cookie' as a sweet treat. But the cookie recipe I will share is salty and it is served with afternoon tea in Mediterranean countries.


  • 3-4 cups of all purpose flour (you can also use 3 cups of wheat and 1 cup of white flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter 
  • 1/3 cup of sunflower/vegetable/ canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons yogurt
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Sesame, black seeds


Take large bowl, add yogurt, oil, butter, vinegar, sugar and one egg. Separate the yolk and white of other egg and add just the white to the mixture. 

Knead the mixture while adding small amounts of flour slowly, add baking powder and salt as well. Knead it until it gets soft. 

Take a small piece from the dough and roll it in between your both hands and twist. 

Place them on a baking pan, leave a little distance between them as they will rise. Take the egg yolk that you have separated before and apply it on the cookies with the help of a brush. Sprinkle sesame and black seeds on them.I prefer to use both of them, but you can use either.

Bake about 35 minutes in 350-400 F preheated oven.


Yogurt Soup

Yogurt soup is a traditional soup in Turkish cuisine which has a  history based on Ottoman Empire. Nowadays it is served in traditional wedding ceremonies.
Note: This recipe is for four people.


  • 1 cup of rice
  • 2 cups of plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups of water
  • Dried mint
  • Red flare peppers


First put rice in a bowl filled with water, wait about 15 minutes and strain.
In a large pot mix yogurt, egg, flour and mix them with the help of a wooden spoon. Then add water and rice, put on a medium heat. 

Stir constantly until it boils, after it boils lower the heat and cook about 15-20 minutes until rice is softened. Add salt and turn off the heat.
Put butter into a small pan and heat it until it melts. After it melts totally, add dried mint and red flare peppers, cook them couple of seconds and turn off the heat. Put the soup in a bowl and add the butter mixture on top of it before serving.