Then, to break that cycle, we got back to the hotel about 2.30 and had a rest!!
Yesterday evening, walking home after dinner, we spied this
And now it is Tuesday afternoon and I am at the cooking school.
It is run by a Dutch woman named Eveline, and her Australian partner George and chef Fazi in the kitchen. George had some wonderful stories to tell - he left Oz in his 20s and has travelled ever since. He sings in nightclubs and bars, and has done so all his life. He's in his 50's now, and he met Eveline on the Mekong about 5 years ago and has been living in Istanbul for the last 4.5 years.
Eveline trained as a cordon bleu chef and ran a restaurant in Paris for 10 years, before going to the school of Hotel Management in Switzerland and managing a large hotel in New York. She had been to Istanbul and decided to live there, so had a restaurant for a few years before starting the cooking school. The school is open for lunch and dinner to the paying public, who eat the food cooked by the students. It's featured in many guidebooks and has been written up in newspapers in Oz, UK, US, etc. So there were 7 of us at dinner (6 cooks and Jim) and then about 30 members of the public came in to eat as well!! rather exciting to think we cooked for them!!
We started off with turkish tea (to which I have become very attached) and Eveline explained the recipes and what we would cook. She talked about the spices and the special red pepper paste so prevalent in Turkish cuisine, and the range of Olive Oil dishes, which are usually mezze offerings cooked in a lot of oil which is discarded after cooking. Then we began.
One of the implements we used were these chopping knives, in various sizes. Here is the HUGE one, great for herbs!! You use a rocking motion, as if it was a mezzaluna
red lentil soup with red pepper paste and coarse bulgar (no photo but nice)
olive oil beans layered with onions, tomatoes and garlic
zucchini and feta fritters with yoghurt
Cooking Alaturca is at
Abbiyik Caddesi 72A
Phone (+90) 212 458 59 19