Easter bread / Paskalya çöreği

This plait is bread the one thing that comes to my mind when I think about Easter's in Turkey. This is called "Paskalya çöreği" in Turkish which means "Easter bread". It is actually available all year around and can be found in most of the bakeries. It has been one of my favorite foods to eat when I am in Turkey. It is a sweet bread flavoured with a spice called mahlebi, which is made from the seeds of a species of cherry. This spice is available in most of the Turkish and Middle Eastern shops in London. Ingredients 400 grams white bread flour 1 tablespoon dried active yeast 150 ml water (1 part boiling 2 parts cold) 1 teaspoon caster sugar 25gr butter 200 ml milk 1 egg for the dough 1 table

Yotam Ottolenghi's lentil, bulgur and aubergine pilaf

We had Yotam Ottolenghi's lentil, aubergine and bulgur pilaf this evening. Photo doesn't look very pretty but the taste was lovely and the aroma of the spices that filled the kitchen was sweet. Will definately cook again. I was worried about deep frying the aubergines but drained them back into a mesuring cup and there was about 200ml of oil/juices drained back into the cup and the aubergies were actualy not heavy. Here is the link for the recipe.

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