Turkish food

It was a sunday while I rushed back home from my cake classes. The very last class it was supposed to be and am supposed to get my masters certificate in a week. Sundays are good market day at crescat boulevard araliya car park and I love the good market for its good food and stuff.
I decided to try turkish food on last Sundays good market for a change. Big borek was in my mind when I decided so, having come across the good market Facebook page and knowing that big borek has a kind of pate I’ve never tried I contacted them on whatsapp and asked to reserve 6 pieces for me.
How my conversation started is a funny sort of story.
I dint know much about turkish food except I knew how turkish delights look. I asked the person who sells at big borek the price of those pakoras and The reply was so kind yet informative. Those are turkish lentil pates sold as 2 for150 rupees.
I ordered 6 for me and my family.  My visit to the good market was to buy those lentil pates. I headed over to the big borek which stood amongst the many stalls with a nice spread of turkish food. The nice lady behind this turkish delight was a turkish lady herself and mentioned she was originally from Istanbul.

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She had all her food nicely closed and served all with a care and cleanliness was so vital in her hands.
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When I asked her why she named her stall big borek, she pointed over to her apron smiling while she explained that borek means those pate sort of food in turkey and she believes big is good and nice name so she called it big borek.
This nice lady from turkey bakes and cooks all that she sell by herself.
She also mentioned that she made feta  cheese at home and used it in the pastry that was available for sale. I was impressed and decided to buy a pastry to fill my hungry tummy which was empty with no breakfast due to a rush for  classes early in the morning with only a cup of tea.
The feta and spinach pastry was so tasty and crispy, I loved it and am inspired to try my own pastry recipe soon. Those pastries were called pogca I guess its turkish.

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I also bought a rotti to accompany the lentil pate and some baklava which was also home made and looked good. My dad loved it so much.

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Finally I went home with some nice turkish food and good few words from a nice turkish lady. I forgot to ask her name yet il go back to her stall soon for snack.
She mentioned she does it as a hobby and decided to bring turkish food for the sri lankans as turkish food is something you can not find in sri lanka. I totally agree with her she did save me a flight ticket to turkey by helping me blog about turkish food at the comfort of sri lanka (just kidding):D of course I wanna go visit turkey one day.
Until then let’s explore.
Its travel and foods pictures to follow-
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It was indeed a colourful food tour with bog borek.
When your in sri lanka the next time and feel like going for turkish visit the good man stalls on sunday at crescat boulevard araliya car park, Saturdays at the race course colombo 7 nuga car park or the diyatha uyana at waters edge stalls on Thursday.
For more details head over to the good market facebook page.

So this week was a turkish weekend. Next week there will be something different from.the good market until then it’s bye from mafaza.
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My First Dates Cake

My Dates Story

I love date cakes and who doesn’t,  dates are so rich in iron and are naturally sweet. During my third trimester of pregnancy I had gestational diabetes and had to cut down sugar intake completely. As a sweet lover it was difficult but as a food blogger it was fun. I gradually started enjoying the natural flavours of the food I ate while I started forgetting it was sugar free tea and coffee. You can experience the real taste of coffee and tea when there is less sugar but I was not a fan of muesli and had to have weetabix for breakfast.  As a person who has never tasted it I thought it must be like rusk and bought a large pack of weetabix. I was so disappointed by the taste of weetabix.  It was so bland and had no flavour at all so I had to add a few dates to my breakfast cereal.  Although worried of the natural sweetness in dates I had to eat for my baby.
We usually have dates in sri lanka when its ramazan or if someone brings from abroad.  But since moving to dubai I have been having it very often as  my husband likes to have a few dates with his weekend biriyani or rice and curry. Its delicious try it.
So dates is always available at home in dubai while its the same story back in sri lanka. My dad gets dates from friends while he also buys them, he too enjoys having a few dates every now and then. So I’ve always wanted to make some dates cake with the extras and last week I decided to finish off a pack of dates that was laying on the shelf for the past three months. My dad got a box from riyadh and we had more leftover after sharing.

I was browsing through my recipe books for a dates cake recipe and couldn’t find one specifically for dates cake. I decided to go through some rich fruit cake recipe and used the ingredients as an inspiration.
I’ve learnt a dates cake recipe at my cake decorating school during my basic course yet I decided to keep it for later and create my own recipe.

So here is how I made my first dates cake.
Ingredients
2 eggs
75 gm wheat flour
75 gm sugar
125 gm margarine
150 gm dates deseeded
A handful of mixed nuts I used almonds and cashew nuts.
4 pinches of baking powder

Instructions
1. Beat margarine and sugar.
2. Stir in eggs one at a time with the 4 pinches of baking powder.
3. Blend the dates and nuts to a coarse paste.
4. Stir in to the egg mixture.
5. Fold in the flour.
6. Butter and flour a baking pan and spread the batter.
7. Bake in a moderate oven according to normal baking timings.
8. Serve warm with a nice cup of tea or coffee.

I made a small 6 inch cake with the above ingredients double the quantity to increase size, if you dont like the nuts to be a bit chewy blend it into a fine paste.
Add flour little by little and if the mixture is too runny add a few tablespoons of flour to obtain the correct consistency.
The correct consistency is the normal cake batter but with a bit thickness due to the nuts and dates.
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Healthy option for diabetes patients;
Substitute the sugar with 1/2 a cup kithul treacle or honey.
You can even use stevia extract, add just a table spoon instead of 75 grams.

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