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Villages of Şile Group

Facilitated by Jodie and Yeşim and in collaboration with Fatma Deniz and her team at Ovacık Deneyim Atolyesi.

These are some of the delicious foods that were prepared especially and eaten together.

These recipes are shared in the way that the women shared with us, some are more explanatory than others. Please remember that many recipes were passed down (often from mother to daughter) and no written records exist between them. The women instinctively know the cooking times, how to make pastry or when to add which ingredients and it is so natural to them that they expect us all to know too!

The way of showing and making together is a beautiful way, those of us from a written word culture are sometimes inclined to see a lack of written records as inferior but we invite ourselves to see that the oral and participatory culture is a vast richness in human experience and times spent sharing the pleasure of cooking together is both precious and informative. It is also the gift of our cultural heritage through participation.

If you find a recipe that you are curious about is lacking in essential information, please contact us and we will do our best to provide clarity.

Neriman

Şile Group

Ovacık Village Meetings

 

She lives in Yeniköy and runs a Restaurant business.

Bringing Bosnian

flavours to our kitchen

 

Bosnian Meat & Dough

Potoplika

Ingredients

For Dough:

Flour

Water

Liquid oil

 

For the above:

Meat (can be boiled chicken)

Onion

Oil

Tomato paste

Salt

 

Method

Dough material is kneaded, opened and oiled.

Each dough ball is opened with a roller, add more oil and placed on top of it with 3 layers of thickness.

The dough is cooked on a metal plate on a fire or hob. Rip up into bits, place on wide deep plate or tray

The cooked meat and sauce of onions, oil, tomato paste and salt is poured on top.

 

Rııbtsa Mantı

 

Ingredients

For the dough:

Flour

Water

Salt

Oil

 

For the inside:

Raw ground beef

Onion (grated)

Black pepper

Salt

 

On Top:

Yogurt and Oil sauce

 

Method

The dough is kneaded, rolled out and oiled.

Inner material is put inside.

It is shaped and placed on the baking tray. It is baked in the oven. Serve with Yogurt and oil infusion sauce.

Buryan Meat Pilaf

Ingredients

Diced meats

Rice

Thyme

Salt

 

Method

The meat is boiled and cooked like a stew.

Rice is roasted with thyme, add meat and cooked like normal rice. (Turkish style)

 

 

Nettle Borek Pie

Ingredients and Preparation

As explained by Neriman's sister in law Zeliha:

Passed down from our Grandmothers:

(Using a fine homemade filo pastry)

Stinging Nettle borek.

Seasons in March

We collect the nettles, wash them beautifully. Chop it up, if you want it, by hand or using a knife.

We mix spinach, rub in with salt, raw eggs, milk, and cream with white or corn flour.

We layer my tray with half of the rolled out dough, then we spread on the nettle mix. We cover with the remaining dough.

It will be baked in the oven.

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"I don't know when I learned it. My mother used to roll it out sitting on the floor,

we would sit down across from her, we'd struggle, we liked it, we would never get bored ....."

(About making dough) - Neriman

Remziye Abla

Şile Group

Ovacık Village Meetings

Ethnic Manav Turkish Recipes

Tarhana soup

 

Ingredients and Method

Materials and Preparation

You're soaking 5 tbsp tarhana half an hour in advance

You put oil in the pot

You add optional tomato paste

Gradually you mix the tarhana that you soaked and pour it into the pot.

If you want a thick or watery texture, you add more water.

Salt

Black pepper

Mint

You pour the chili pepper and stir it and serve.

 

Bulgur Börek

 

Ingredients and Preparation

For the inside:

Optional onion and you roast it until it turns pink with light oil

1 cup bulgur with boiled water you leave to soak and swell in a bowl

Then you pour that bulgur into the onion and mix it

Salt

red pepper flakes

 

For the dough:

1 egg

Half a cup of oil

1 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of vinegar

As much flour as it gets (it will be a little soft from the consistency of the earlobe) (as they say in Turkey!)

You wait for the dough to rest for 2 hours

 

You make small balls of the dough, you wrap in a cloth and wait another half an hour.

Then you can roll out and fill with bulgur and bake in oven.

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Pumpkin Pie

 

Ingredients and Preparation

 

Dough will be kneaded like Bulgur Börek dough (previous recipe)

 

For the inside:

You can grate the pumpkins as much as you want and put the optional sugar in it.

Some oil

Lay out each layers of the rolled dough, add pumpkin mix, roll each one up and then twist into a spiral and put it on the tray.

 

Bake in the oven.

Stuffed Creamy Cabbage leaves

Ingredients

For the inside:

Chop the onion, eyeball how much.

You roast until it turns pink

Put 2 cups of rice and roast

Parsley

Black pepper

Mint

red pepper flakes

 

Method

Blanch the cabbage leaves in advance

Wrap the stuffing in each leaf

Put cream on top while cooking

Add oil

"We had modesty, guests would come and we wouldn't sit at the table, we'd let the guests sit and after they got up, then we would sit at the table "

 

Remziye Abla

Saniye Abla

Şile Group

Ovacık Village Meetings

Ethnic Manav Turkish flavours brought to our kitchens

Stuffed Eggs

Ingredients

6 eggs

1 egg yolk

Parsley (diced)

Thyme (a teaspoon)

Black pepper (with the tip of the teaspoon)

Cheese (very little)

Less salt

Liquid oil for frying

 

Methods

Let's boil the eggs, cut them in half.

Let's put the yolk in a bowl, put a little parsley, thyme, black pepper, a little salt and a little cheese, mix it.

Let's fill it into whites.

Let's put it in the whipped egg yolk and fry.

 

Dried Fruit Soup

Ingredients

Saniye used prunes in this recipe

For the dough:

Flour

Water

To Boil:

Su

Dried Fruit (prune)

 

On Top:

Onion (finely chopped)

Liquid oil

Tomato paste (or ground red pepper)

Mint

Salt

 

Method

Mix the flour with water and make into small dough balls. Let's boil the water in the pot.

Let's throw the prunes into it, let's throw the dough after boiling a little.

Let it boil up once.

Let's chop the onions and fry them in oil, tomato paste (or powdered red pepper).

After roasting, pour the sauce over the soup.

 

Tahanalı Bread

Tarhana is a dried mix of yogurt and tomatoes or tomato paste and herbs and is used to make soup normally.

Materials and Preparation

Tarhanalı Bread Recipe Explained by Saniye:

 

I sifted flour, I heated milk around half a kilo. I warmed 1 plate of yogurt, I soaked tarhana, added in flour, egg, salt… yeast (as much as hazelnut) and yogurt. I let it rise on the tray then I baked. We only make it when we have fresh Tarhana.

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Ulviye

Şile Group

Ovacık Village Meetings

 

She lives in Çayırbaşı Village

 

Bringing Thessaloniki and Black Sea

flavors to our kitchens

Leek Corn Bread

Ingredients

4 cups - Corn flour

2 cups - Wheat flour

3  - Potatoes (boiled)

Half bunch of- Parsley

1 water glass measure of oil

1 packet of baking powder

1 spoon - Salt

1 spoon - chili peppers

1 spoon - Black pepper

 

Method

mix and bake 

 

Fried Pickled

Green Beans

 

Ingredients

 

1 kilo - Green bean pickles

3  Onions

1 teacup of oil

2 spoons - chili pepper flakes

 

Method

Fry and serve

Stuffed Vine leaves

 

Ingredients

2 cups of rice

1 large onion

Half a bunch of parsley

5 sprigs of mint

Half bunch of dill

1 tablespoon tomato paste

Half a cup of oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 kilo of pickled vine leaves

 

Method

After assembling

Cook slowly on low heat and pour oil over it.

 

 

Stuffed Black Cabbage

 

Ingredients

3 bunches - Dark cabbage leaves

3 cups - Bulgur

2 - Onions

1 vineyard - Parsley

1 spoon - Tomato Paste

1 teacup of oil

1 spoon - Salt

1 spoon - Black pepper

1 spoon - Mint

 

Method

"Cooking together adds love, adds

conversation"

 

Ulviye

Zeliha

Şile Group

Ovacık Village Meetings

 

She lives in Yeniköy and is Neriman's sister in law,

together they bring Bosnian

flavours to our kitchen

Crusader Bosnian Dessert

Ingredients

For the dough:

2  - Eggs

1 glass of sugar

2 tablespoons - Yogurt

1 water glass measure of oil

1 packet of baking powder

As much as possible - Flour

 

For Sherbet:

5 cups - Sugar

6 cups - Water

 

Methods

The dough material is mixed, it will not be too hard. It will be shaped into a ball.

The oven will also be heated.

Sherbet is boiled and hot? cold ?? and poured over the cooked dough balls.

 

Bosnian Cookie

Ingredients

1 glass of sugar

2 eggs

1 cup - Yogurt

1 water glass measure of oil

2 packages - Baking powder

As far as earlobe consistency - Flour

 

Method

The dough is mixed, until the earlobe becomes thick. It will be shaped into a ball.

Bake in the oven until cooked.

Helva

Ingredients

Flour

Oil

Sherbet - Sugar and water

 

Method

Flour is roasted with oil, and it is cooked by putting sherbet in it.

False Ashura

Ingredients and Preparation

 

Zeliha's recipe in her own words:

Anytime Ashura (No Wheat in this recipe and as Ashura is served traditionally at certain times, this is a version that can be made any time)

Dried figs, apricots cooked as you would for a compote, cook with sugar and adjust the sugar for yourself.

According to the pot size, you will dissolve flour in a bowl. After the fruit is cooked, you will pour the flour mix into it like you do a flour soup.

It cooks for half an hour.

After that, you will serve in normal small bowls, with walnuts.

"My father used to say

"Let's eat in silence to appreciate the meaning of the food !""

 

Zeliha Abla

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