Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Toronto has a very diverse food scene with restaurants serving food from around the world, but somehow I have never managed to try any Middle Eastern cuisine.

Here in Brisbane, Turkish pides and gozlemes are pretty popular and once I tried them, I was hooked. Unfortunately, constantly going out to satisfy my cravings was really hurting our budget so I thought I'd try my hand at making it at home. The idea is simple enough - flatten out some dough, add your choice of fillings, like cheese, chopped vegetables and shreds of delicious, flavourful meat, fold it and cook.

The most intimidating part for me was making a tender and flavourful meat and for that, I knew needed a good spice mixture, or baharat. Once I found this recipe, I was ready to try my hand at making kabobs to eat and add to other dishes.

I must say, I am always fascinated by the amount and variety of spices that go into these recipes.

BAHARAT (from Epicurious)

1 1/2 tbsp dried mint
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Using a mortar and pestle, mash all ingredients 2-3 minutes. 

I don't have a mortar and pestle so I used the back of my measuring spoon and a small bowl to grind the spices into a fine powder mix.


  1. I like this! I'm going to try and find some dry herbs too. I started planting mint and basil, do you think the fresh herbs will make a huge difference?

    1. I have mint and basil, too! The flavours are stronger in dried herbs, so you'll likely have to use more herbs if you use fresh ones. It's worth experimenting with!

  2. I'll let u know how it turns out in a few weeks. I'm loving Turkish food as well!



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