Portly Cooks | Çilbir

2 Eggs 2 tbsp Fresh Yoghurt 1 tsp Paprika 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes 75g Butter Breakfast needs to be simple and this definitely is, in one pan poach you eggs to how you like them. In the other heat the butter with the paprika and pepper flakes, give it a swirl now and then…

Portly Cooks | Ali Nazik

I used minced lamb for this but you can use whichever cut you like chunked up. Serves 2 200g Lamb Mince 1 Bell Pepper (diced) 1 tsp Garlic Granules 1 tbsp Turkish Red Pepper Paste (biber salcasi) Olive Oil 1 Medium Aubergine 2-3 tbsp Plain Yoghurt For the lamb, brown the mince in a pan…

Portly Cooks | Lamb Iskender… Kind of

I had this for the first time ever in a restaurant I’d been taken to Istanbul by my friend, this is my go at making something near to Iskender, I’m not saying it is Iskender but it has all the flavours. Serves 3-4 1 Boneless Leg of lamb 1 tbsp Olive oil 1 tsp Mixed…

Portly Cooks | Balik Ekmek

Balik Ekmek, fish bread is a fantastic street food from the foodie metropolis that is Istanbul in Turkey. Its typically made with mackerel so that’s what I’ve used here. Fresh Mackerel Fillets Sub Roll Salad of your choice Mayonnaise Start off by toasting the buns and then leave those to one side. in a heavy…

Portly Cooks | Tavuk Siş

People love stuff on sticks the world over! This one is inspired by Turkish Tavuk Siş, chicken, essentially tasty marinated chicken on a stick! What’s not to love? Wheel out the BBQ and get grilling. 3 Chicken Thighs (Boneless and Skinned) For the Marinade 3 tbsp Yoghurt 1 tsp Zaatar 1 tsp Paprika 1 tsp…

Portly Cooks | Pide

Pide is a meaty flat bread from the street of Turkey, if you’ve never had it I think you’ll love this.  You can pick them up pretty much anywhere in Istanbul, but for now, here is one you can make at home. For the base 125g Strong Bread Flour 70ml Warm Water 1 tbsp Olive…

Portly Cooks | Lamb Kofta

Sometimes you want to jazz up your evening meals and make something slightly more interesting. Koftas for me are definitely up there with something that will excite not only your eyes but taste buds too. They aren’t particularly that difficult either and everyone loves something on a stick right? 500g Lamb Mince 2 tsp Harissa…