ABOUT ME



Year after year, my friends and many others who tasted my food, asked me to publish a cookbook. Because of my extremely busy life and some health issues, I put this project aside for a long time. However, after many years, I am now doing something about my passion for cooking. I never measured ingredients and did not have written recipes because I was cooking from my heart. Then I started to measure, wrote out the recipes and began a picture file recording some of the difficult preparations during the cooking process. I accumulated so much information until now it is time to put it all together.

My handsome and very smart nephew suggested creating a web site instead of publishing a hard copy book. I agreed and am now ready to share my recipes with the world.

Cooking is one of my passions in life. While growing up, I was exposed to a wide range of cooking techniques from my mother and grandmother. I was very fortunate that I spent all my summer vacation with my grandparents. They taught me well. With their guidance, I learned things like making cheese, molasses, flour, bulgur, starch, pickles, preserves, gardening, etc. I am very lucky that I have a photographic memory and good taste buds, so I recorded everything in my mind.
I have been cooking for over 40 years. I believe that cooking healthy food can be quick, easy and delicious even with today's busy life style. I am knowledgeable of the benefits of good cooking essentials due to my being a scientist with a M.S degree and PhD in Molecular Biology.

Turkish food is well known throughout the world, and is considered one of the three pre-eminent cuisines along with French and Chinese cuisine. It has almost infinite combinations of soups, variety of appetizers (meze), and meat, fish dishes, cold olive oil dishes (vegetarian/vegan), salads, rice, pasta, bread, dessert, and drinks. Turkish food is prepared from fresh ingredients. This is the key for delicious food. It uses food items grown organically and free range raised animals. Fresh herbs and spices are abundant. A variety of fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables grown both Anatolian lands and European part are also used. Turkey is surrounded by the sea on three sides so fish is abundant and therefore there are many seafood dishes.

I look forward to having you view my web site which demonstrates my love for cooking. Let’s cook and have fun together....

Feel free to leave any comments or questions on the site. You can email me directly at meralk60@gmail.com 


Except where otherwise stated, I take the food pictures on the site. Please don’t use any pictures without first asking permission.

21 comments:

  1. good luck Meral, We are your fun :)

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    1. Sevilcigim,

      Thank you my dear friend.

      Love
      Meral

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  2. Meral I had the pleasure of meeting your son, Mert last night. He brought a jar of your preserves. I plan to open it for breakfast tomorrow. With toast, and maybe cream cheese or yoghurt. Thank you! My daughter Audrey reports that you are an excellent cook.

    Over the years I have tried to expose my daughters to many different cuisines. As a result they now enjoy many dishes that most American kids won't even try. For Audrey's birthday I prepared a tagine of lamb, with couscous and a salad of chopped vegetables.

    We plan to try some of your recipes together. I like your website. Mert is a very nice young man. He says he is studying biochemistry and plans to be a surgeon . I am an analytical chemist, working in wastewater treatment.

    I know what you mean about "cooking from the heart." You have inspired me to start measuring and writing things down. So that my three daughters will stop asking how to cook things over the phone!

    Wendy (mother of Audrey, Rachel, and Jill)

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    1. Dear Wendy,

      Thank you very much, you are very kind. I love your daughter, Audrey. She is very sweet, smart, and beautiful lady. We have lots of fun on Sunday. She and Mert helped me to cook. We have a wonderful day together on Sunday. Hope to see you soon.

      Meral.

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    2. I would enjoy that very much Meral. How is your name pronounced? I have a sister named "Merle." It is pronounced like Mert's name, with an "L" sound instead. Just one syllable. I am in Tampa, Florida right now,returning Sept. 1. I was an alternate delegate to the 2012RNC Republican National Convention. Very exciting,and many great women speaking.From all backgrounds and cultures. I met people from all over the US, Puerto Rico, and other territories. A woman journalist interviewed me for her newspaper...in Spain.

      Being part of the RNC was an experience I will never forget.

      Wendy

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  3. Last night your son, Mert said he had to leave Jesses for a little bit to take you to the airport I think? He returned with the some of the most delicious treats I've ever ingested. I believe what I ate first was called Helva? Correct me if I am wrong please; it was very sweet, like a sugary cake/pudding of some sort. Mert asked me if I wanted a spoon, but I wasn't listening to any words he was saying because I was eating like some some sort of savage. I then resorted to stealing Jesses cup because the pudding was just........beyond good. Mert then gave me this sponge cake that looks like something that would cost something like 5 dollars at the Borders bookstore coffee shop. Words cannot describe the literal heart attack I experienced upon eating the pastry. I still cannot believe that sponge cake was homemade. The texture was so fresh and alive. That's correct, your food felt as if it was alive because it is nothing like I've EVER tasted before. How did you manage to keep the cake so moist? Gosh I could go on for days but i should really finish my studying now. I hope to come and visit soon with Mert. Please have a great day and don't stop doing what you're doing! :DD

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    1. Dear TJ,

      What a lovely comment...... You made my day. You are very nice young boy. You are right, I sent with Mert some Helva and Revani, you called moist sponge cake. You are wellcome to come my home any time, eat with us. You know I miss Mert a lot. He can come only very short time. I try to cook his favorite food when he is in Vegas. I feel very happy when people eat and enjoy my food. Thanks again for your wonderful comment. I will cook as long as you guys eat and love my food.

      Meral

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  4. I am so proud of you. We all know you are excellent, but it was time for you to inspire other people with your recipes and advises too. Love you

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    1. Ablacigim,
      Senden ve annemden cok sey ogrendim. Sadece yemek pisirmeyi degil, pek cok seyi; en basta duruslugu, dobraligi, zorluklara ve hastaliklara karsi guclu olmayi. Esas ben seninle gurur duyuyorum. Iyiki varsin iyiki ablamsin. Her zaman arkamdasin, yillardir uzaklarda yasasakta hep en buyuk destegim oldun. Seni coooook seviyorum.
      Kardesin.

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  5. great website can't wait to try the recipes. I've been waiting for this. Good Luck Meral.

    Linda (Inova Management)

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  6. Thank you Linda for your good wishes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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    1. Hi,
      I cooked last night the Sultan's Delight, it is fantastic!
      Because I come from a neighbour country - Bulgaria,turkish food is very close or same as our.
      So we really enjoyed it!
      Thank you!!!

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    3. Dear Maria,
      Thank you very much. Yes our food is very similar and we have many common dishes. I am glad you are following my blog. More recipes are on the way.

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  8. Meral abla, Congratulations!! Yemekleri detaylariyla cok guzel anlatmissin!! I am a follower :)I love the pictures ...selamlar

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  9. Pinarcigim sagol canim.
    Sevgiler.

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  10. Merhaba Meral hanim Ben Gulse, (arkadasiniz Sibel'in ablasiyim). Web Sitenizi Sibel'in onerisi uzerine inceledim. Tariflerinizi oldukca detaylandirip, Turk yemeklerinin tanitimini çok basarili bir sekilde yapmissiniz. Sizi, emekleriniz ve gayretlerinizden dolayi candan kutluyorum... Sevgiler

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    1. Gulse hanimcigim, guzel yorumlarlariz icin cok tesekkur ederim
      Sevgilerimle.

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    2. Dear Meral,
      Yout Koeftes are just wonderful!!!
      My family liked them so much!
      May I ask you ,when possible for you, to give me the recipe of baklava, I like to try your style of preparation.
      And I don't know, if you make also "kebabche", which is basically "koefte" but with long,markerlike shape.
      Have a great Week
      Mariya
      gergishanova@gmail.com

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