Fried sun dried chili (cayenne) peppers

March 19th, 2015 § 0

Chili peppers – in Turkey Urfa peppers or isot (Turkish chili pepper) – are dried to preserve them for long periods of time.

Dried chilies are often used to make hot sauce or liquid condiment.

Fried sun dried chili peppers can be a perfect meze.

  • 15 – 20 sun dried chili peppers

Wash and clean dried chili peppers. Cut the stems or stalk carefully.

Heat a non-stick pan and cover the bottom with extra virgin olive oil. Do not put plenty of oil.

Put the dried peppers into the pan and fry them. Be careful not to overdo!

The peppers change color and get crispy and crunchy.

Strain excess oil with a paper towel.

Dressing: (optional)

  • 1 cup strained yogurt
  • 1 cloves  of garlic, mashed
  • extra virgin olive oil

Mix mashed garlic with strained yogurt well.

Serve the fried peppers topped with yogurt dressing.

Sprinkle with one drop fried oil from the pan to top of the dressing for decoration.

Best with pan fried veal or lamb liver (Albanian style- Arnavut ciğeri).

Sugar & flour free oat drops

March 12th, 2015 § 0

One can adapt this recipe according to his/her personal preferences.

Just mix and match the ingredients to get a different result each time by adding different seeds, nuts or fruits.

It can be wrapped and freezed. They are absolutely delicious, super easy to make and healty.

  • 1  1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mixed nuts (chopped)
  • 1 cup dried fruit (like dried sultanino, huckleberry)
  • 1 3 ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1  t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. cloves (powder)
  • 1 t. ginger
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg(grated)
  • sesame seeds
  • 2 t. pine nut
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

In a bowl, combine rolled oats with olive oil. Stir mixed nuts, dried fruit, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.

Add mashed banana with chocolate chips and pine nut.

Stir well and evenly mix them altogether until they are combined.

Form balls with your hands.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Bake at preheat oven 170° C for 20 minutes until the edges are golden brown.


January 1st, 2015 § 0

Making your own olive oil soap with daphne oil

December 3rd, 2014 § 0

Recently I explored to make home made soap with the olive oil we produced.

All you need is lots of olive oil and caustic soda. The caustic soda in Greek ???????? ???? meaning burning soda, also known as lye or sodium hydroxide is an inorganic compound.

It is used in many industries like in manufacturing of soap and detergents. The caustic soda is dangerous to work with, if it contacts with skin, may cause burns.

It is recommended to use gloves, eye protection and a mask. We produced our soap at the garage/store to avoid any risk.

Generally vegetable oils and animal fats are saponified. But for soap making, certainly olive oil is preferred.

Measure the caustic soda and water amount. Carefully add caustic soda to the water and stir until the water is clear.

When the caustic is mixed with water it will heat up and fume for a while. It is not allowed to clump on the bottom, because it can heat up and may cause explosion.

Stirring the mixture, the fume, the caustic soda packing and the curious Hectoras!

Melt the measured olive oil and combine to the mixture. Stir continuously until you are sure that they are submerged fully.

When the soap become thick, add your preferred fragrance oil. We added daphne oil. Hand stir it.

Then, pour the mixture into a plastic soap mold. Tamp the mold to release any air bubbles.

Although the caustic is dangerous to work, after it reacts with olive oil – which is called saponification – no caustic will remain in the home made soap.

Allow the soap to stay in the mold for 2 days.

Unmold and cut to shape your soap. Besides the classic rectangular mold, I also tried out single silicone mold, which finally was unpractical!

We made our soap opera all together….

Cookies with grape must

November 5th, 2014 § 0

Before ending the grape season, I bought seedless grapes from the market, to make a grape must cookie.

Baking soda is the primary ingredient of this recipe. It is used in recipes that contain an acidic ingredient, like grape must.

It gives tenderness to the soda cookies and when it is sealed in a container, has an indefinite shelf life.

Because of the grape must, these cookies are dark brown in colour.

  • 250 ml grape must (roughly press 500 gr seedless grapes)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 250 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. soda
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. cloves
  • 1/4 cup cognac or brandy
  • 1 1/2 cup flour

Combine grape must, olive oil, soda, sugar and honey.

Stir cinnamon, cloves and cognac.

Sift together flour, baking powder.

Slowly add sifted flour to grape juice mixture. Add cognac mixture and mix until you get a soft dough.

Using pieces of dough, roll snakes and press the two ends together forming oval wreaths.

You can shape the cookies with a piping bag.

Place them on a parchment covered baking sheet.

Bake at 180° C for 30 minutes or until they are done.