Hi everyone! I’m so excited to introduce you to a great blogger today! Ilke of Ilke’s Kitchen is my favorite Turkish blogger writing about Turkish dishes in English. It’s always a big joy for me to read her posts, which always contain nice stories either from her family in Turkey or her own life in the US. On her lovely blog, she says she started cooking away from her home country to catch the exact flavor of dishes she would eat in Turkey. Thankfully, she started! She mentioned her grandmother, Emine as a great cook in several of her posts and you become really curious about the unique recipes of Emine. I’m really glad that Ilke is sharing one of Emine’s recipes on my blog today! I’d never heard or tried such a borek before! It may not be very common around my country, but I’m sure I will be cooking this borek often whenever my little boy lets me! Give her a warm welcome and go check her blog to discover more scrumptious Turkish recipes!
Hi! I am Ilke, from Ilke’s Kitchen. It is such a pleasure to be here, guest posting at Zerrin’s place and meeting with all of you.
I have been following her for over a year and it is always nice to connect with another blogger from my own home country, sharing similar tastes. I wish we could live closer to cook and eat together with Zerrin. But, there is a reason we all have some distance among us, otherwise we would not fit in our jeans after a week together!
It is hard to find a Turkish dish that Zerrin has not covered in her extensive archives. So I resorted to our family recipes, the ones my grandma makes without a written recipe for years. The woman does not own a recipe book, a cookbook or any measuring cups for that matter. My need to start a blog came from that very reason: I needed to recreate her recipes for myself while I am miles and miles away from her. I needed those recipes to stay with me, preferably with the measures attached to them!
This borek is one of the staples that feed the family, friends and whoever might be lucky enough to stop by at her house. “Is Emine anneanne (granny) making cullama?” was the first question some of my friends would ask if I invited them over (hey we all have our readily available bribes to look cool and make friends!). The filling, a mixture of rice, pinenuts, currants and chicken, is nestled in layers of Turkish phyllo dough (yufka) and makes it a substantial meal in my book. We normally serve it with Ayran but a glass of Turkish tea would suit perfectly as well.
Hope you enjoy this borek and many Turkish recipes. And hopefully you get to try some delicious Turkish food in Turkey soon. Afiyet Olsun!