Monday, November 7, 2011


Sis Köfte (Meatball Skewers) recipe. 
·         Ayran (Buttermilk) drink recipe

My special guest blogger for today is Isa. He is from Antalya the magnificent city of Turkey. Many thanks to you Isa for your willingness to do this guest post for me, of which I have decided to do it in two parts. Do visit Isa, one of our aspiring student bloggers  at
Thanks so much for the lovely Rhyming bread sandwich recipe, published just before this post.
About Me:
 I am İsa graduated from the Department of International Relations of the Faculty of Business and Economics of the Eastern Mediterranean University of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

At the present, I am doing my Masters Program in Political Science and International Relations of the Institute of Social Sciences of Yeditepe University. I am  interested in politics and international political economy.

My expertise is in Energy Politics with my MA thesis is on European Energy Politics. I am also well-informed on the foreign policy analysis, the Middle East studies, comparative politics of Europe, politics of Cyprus, Russia, Caucasus and the Central Asia.

Today I would like to offer a menu of traditional dishes of Antalya. Turkish cuisine is renowned as one of the world's best. It is considered to be one of the three main cuisines of the world because of the variety of its recipes, its use of natural ingredients, its flavors and tastes which appeal to all palates and its influence throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
The cuisine originated in central Asia, the first home of the Turks, and then evolved with the contributions of the inland and Mediterranean cultures with which Turks interacted after their arrival in Anatolia. 

Turkish cuisine is in a sense a bridge between far-Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, with the accent always on enhancing the natural taste and flavor of the ingredients. There is no one dominant element in Turkish cuisine, like sauces in French and pasta in Italian cuisines.
            Part 1
·         Şiş Köfte (Meatball Skewers)
·         Ayran (Buttermilk)
Part 2
·         Piyaz (Antalya Bean Salad)
·         Kabak Tatlısı (Pumpkin Dessert)
menu  PART 1
Şiş Köfte (Meatball Skewers)
750 grams of low-fat goat-sheep meat mixture,
A tablespoon of cumin, and red pepper, black pepper and salt
 1 onion,
1 egg,
1 clove garlic,
3 small or 2 medium kebab pitas,
2 teaspoons of butter,
4 green peppers,
4 medium tomatoes,
Half a cup of broth

The method of cooking:
Prepare meatballs by kneading thoroughly mix the material. Divide the tomatoes vertically to eight. Divide the peppers in four parts, swelling index. 1 tablespoon butter tasted, split pitas fry small pieces, and put the cover on the meat juice. Place pitas on a plate and five minutes later. Put cooked meatballs and serve them puffy pitas.
Ayran (Buttermilk)- Ayran is so popular among Turkish people that it rivals the sales of the juice and soda industries. International fast-food companies, such as McDonald's, include Ayran in their standard menu

Ingredients of Ayran (buttermilk)
 4 cups water
4-5 heaping
 tablespoons yogurt
 as desired.
Materials brought together in a bowl, thoroughly mix them with appropriate object. And placed in the fridge to cool and serve.

About Antalya City:
Antalya is set on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, also known as the Turkish Riviera. It is Turkey’s biggest international sea resort. The City offers superb beach resort facilities and long stretches of golden sands, with a fine selection of significant historical sites. 
The city is loved by many for its palm lined streets, charming marina, delicious restaurants, excellent shopping, cosmopolitan nightlife and lots of historical attractions. Each year, millions of people visit Antalya. Fantastic for families, couples and even the more experienced traveler, Antalya’s mix of traditional, cosmopolitan and family friendly activities will ensure everyone will enjoy a holiday in Antalya!

Do check out Isa's  2 other blogs, links below- 
they are about the many turkic family and the ethnic groups in Turkey


  1. Looks delicious and tempting!!

  2. The photos look nice.Its a pity that Turkish food which is popular outside Turkey is only a part of Turkey has to offer. I guess its the same with most cuisines, you really have to visit the country to fully appreciate it.

  3. Great place and yummy food from their country is a must to follow site to see and experience all the good thing about people and their places! :)Thanks for sharing us about her Wan, meeting new friends from you :) Thanks..:)

  4. I love the pix Wan..a palm lined street with nice beaches a perfect get away for a honeymoon though it is so far from our country hehehe..the ingredients are the same though we use ground pork or fish fillet here..pitas yes it is a turkey dish hehehe ;)

  5. Yummy tempting recipe...Lovely pics of the place..

  6. You have chsoen a great guest.And both recipes are divine;)

  7. It is always a treat to visit here ~ I get to learn so much! Thanks for sharing my dear!

  8. Wow - what a great meal and stunning pictures! Thank so much for a terrific taste of your culture!

  9. Woooow.
    The girl in the last picture will make me come back for more. I never seen such recipes before but thanks for sharing.

  10. To Julie, three cookies, sagittarian, sie, sobha, reshmi, dzoli, aipi, ann and lunatic.. your kind visits and sweet inspiring comments are most welcome.. will get to read some response from Isa soon..

  11. Yumm Sis Kofte(Kebab and the recipe is classic.Luv the clicks 2.

  12. What beautiful sceneries of Turkey and sure on my list to hit next. That kebab looks tempting though beef in not in my house, sure can change to lamb to make the same.

  13. Loooks so yummy...........sis Kofte so delicious

  14. I like this blog so much cos I can get to know some great dishes of other countries. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Loved all the pictures! :)

  15. Wonderful post! I like the recipe too.My mother cook Koftay very delicious :)
    Thanks for sharing & Eid Mubarak my dearest!

  16. Yummy chunklet, my kitchen flavors, nava and faseela,, sure glad you all visited and posted your comments. have a wonderful day

  17. dayTo Balqis, creative mind and sonia.. thank you so much for being here and for the sweet comments.
    have a great day

  18. Great post, lovely pics! Those kababs look so delicious. Eid Mubarak to you :)

  19. Hello Wan, that is one country I'd love to visit one day.
    And the food sure is exotic. Love to try it.
    Thats very nice of you bring out crediting his culinary expertise.
    Good for you.
    Love that pic with waterfall and homes above. And the name of the city too.
    You have a nice day, keep well.

  20. Fantastic photos! Thanks to Isa for introducing your beautiful country and delicious cuisine..

  21. @ ambreen, many thanks for visiting and the sweet comment, most appreciated

    @ Lee- thanks for your visit, glad you like Antalya, the food and pics. Hope you get to go there some day

    @ Treat and tricks- thanks dear, I am sure Isa is very pleased with your comment and visit

  22. Yum! That looks really good! I bet my dad is going to love this recipe. Lovely post!

  23. Very nice guest post. The buttermilk is the one which we also prepare it often during summer days. Skewers also very delicious. Enjoed them totally.

  24. @ nashnordin- many thanks for your visit, ok surprise your dad with original recipe

    @ uma- thanks uma for the sweet comment. i want to try out the buttermilk ayran

  25. Hi everyone, Isa had published the list and photos of the top 10 eating places in Antalya, do visit his blog, you will be awed.. thanks and have a nice day

  26. nice pictures.. Eid mubarak..

  27. Very interesting and colouful post. I enjoyed it...

  28. Wow, such a fascinating person with an amazing recipe and ability to cook :X

  29. interesting recipe :)
    the pictures of places are those i wanted to see in real, wow!

    hmmmm, is that girl resembling a peacock? i wonder if my hon could wear that one, it's beautfiul :)

    BTW, thanks for the crab recipe (i'm kinda late commenting)

  30. hi andreea, many thanks for your kind visit and comments, for the previous post too'
    have a nice day and happy studying

  31. hi beanizer- hey, did'nt realize you got an 05.. good of you not to use 07 without permission ha ha ha.
    hope you have a great candle light dinner with your hon and hey corriander crab in the menu is just fine. oh ya, do add some rosebuds with honey- now , enjoy an authentic meal :)

    ever be so kind sir, to tell me where can i click and visit your blog :) o mysterious one!

  32. Sis kofte are reaally yummy, I guess these are the same as sheesh kebabs? The way you explained everything... and the photographs... are really praiseworthy!

  33. Lovely post and loved the recipe too.

  34. hi amina and jasna.. thanks so much for being here with such sweet comments, appreciate this and have a nice day to you both

  35. hi purabi, sis kofte are smaller in size than kebabs. yummy of course and thanks for your visit and comments.

  36. thank you zareena for visitng and with your kind remaks..have a nice day

  37. Kofte looks great. Loved the pics and the post.

  38. thank you raksha for visitng, appreciate it very much and your sweet comments too.

  39. thanks for another great post, delighted to know some specialty from turkey. That's a beautiful picture of the would be a great pleasure and experience if ever got a chance to visit the country.

  40. thank you lena for coming over and the sweet comments, i would love to go to turkey too, antalya in particular

  41. Antalya is the most beautiful city in Turkey. It is a modern city, with a historic heart in the centre within the old city walls. Antalya has very beautiful streets, surrounded with palms and orange trees, large city park and beaches. Moreover, Antalya is a resort city, so there you will find many cafes, small restaurants, bars, souvenir shopes and oriental market. I love shopping and I bought a nice looking pair of shoes a couple years ago in Antalya. Actually, they were probably the nicest shoes I’ve bought before. I cannot forget Antalya.

  42. I’ve been to Antalya too!!! I stayed at the Marco Polo Resort just 40 km west of Antalya back in the summer of 2008. It was fascinating. I loved the beautiful nature and cosmopolitan life of Antalya.

  43. Hi tobi ogunyanwo, wow, that's so refreshing to hear such great compliments on antalya from you.
    many thanks for that, i know turkey is always a popular tourist spot, where Istanbul is most visited.
    With Isa, we came to know better about antalya. which makes me feel antalya is a must to visit if anyone ver goes to turkey.thanks again and have a nice day

  44. hi emma, many thanks for your visit and sweet comments on antalya, sure makes antalya a very tempting place to visit and a great holiday destination.

  45. Hello cooking-varieties. Thanks for sharing. I’ve been in Antalya twice. It’s an amazing city.

  46. hi Michaela Baker, many thanks for your visit amd sweet comments on antalya, would love to go there and enjoy a great holiday

  47. Wow, that looks like a very cool place!

  48. Hi Duncan..many thanks for your visit and sweet commen. have a great weekend.

    @ Toby, Emma, Michael and Duncan, wish i know your blogs url, so that i can visit you all too :)

  49. Hello,cooking varieties..
    u have wonderful blog..
    I spent one month this summer in beautiful Antalya and Alanya..and write about that on my was love on every sight and bite..very delicious national cousine..very nice post:)

    p.s.I m very happy to find your interesting Blog through dear Jasna 's kitchen Blog

  50. Thank you EVERYONE for your sweet comments. In Antalya flowers flowers flowers everywhere, lovely romantic holiday atmoshere. Shortly I can say that you should see all these by yourself Not only sea and beaches, a large mount of cultural trips, different animation trips for any tipe of personality found here. Peolpe of Antalya very kind and helpful. ANTALYA is place where you should visit!!!

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