Cooking Class in Istanbul

IMG_3156One of my favorite activities when traveling internationally is taking a cooking class.  It’s a great way to meet people, connect with that culture and to learn more.  I love to cook so this naturally is an activity I enjoy.  It’s also a wonderful way to spend your time if you are ever flying solo in a foreign land.  You fill up your day, learn something new, meet people and have someone to share a meal with.  I have taken classes in Bangkok, Marrakesh and now Istanbul.

 

The class that I took was at Cooking Alaturka which is run by a Dutch woman and her super funny Turkish chef.  The menu was as follows:

-Yogurt Soup (better than it sounds!)

-Zucchini and Feta Fritters

-Long Beans Slow Cooked with Tomatoes and Olive Oil

-Stuffed Eggplant

-Figs Stuffed with Walnuts

 

I plan on making variations of quite a few of these soon.  Stay tuned, they might just make it on the blog!

 

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Super yummy zucchini and feta fritters are fried until crisp.

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Stuffing for the eggplant.

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Everything cooking at once.

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Stuffing the eggplant.

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Stuffed eggplant before going into the oven.

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Walnut stuffed figs boiling away.

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Yogurt Soup
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Zucchini Fritters and Slow-Cooked Long Beans 
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Stuffed Eggplant and Pilaf

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Walnut Stuffed Figs with Coconut, Pistachio and Cloves

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Vodka and Fig Cooking Juice.  AMAZING!!

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