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!



Super yummy zucchini and feta fritters are fried until crisp.


Stuffing for the eggplant.


Everything cooking at once.


Stuffing the eggplant.


Stuffed eggplant before going into the oven.


Walnut stuffed figs boiling away.


Yogurt Soup

Zucchini Fritters and Slow-Cooked Long Beans 

Stuffed Eggplant and Pilaf


Walnut Stuffed Figs with Coconut, Pistachio and Cloves


Vodka and Fig Cooking Juice.  AMAZING!!




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