Category Archives: Chef Spike

  1. Something simple from the freezer

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    Sunday 21 February, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    With three freezers full of homegrown produce, it’s a pretty regular occurrence that I delve into their depths with not …
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  2. Preparing that slow goat stew

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    Saturday 23 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    I was asked by Janey In Mersin (an Aussie expat in southern Turkey) about my method of creating that slow-cooked …
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  3. Wordless Wednesday ~ Very very slow cooked goat

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    Wednesday 20 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

  4. Drying hot peppers

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    Tuesday 08 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Here in Türkiye, we use a table condiment called Pul Biber on a daily basis. Basically it is red pepper …
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  5. Broad bean leaf salad

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    Thursday 30 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I’m busy tomorrow, so scheduling in advance. This was gonna be about my roses again, but feeling rather peckish…. And …
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  6. Peppers & Yoghurt

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    Saturday 21 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One of my favourite side dishes are hot peppers served with yoghurt – very traditional fare and my treat. My …
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  7. Excellent for salad

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    Tuesday 17 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One of our best natural ingredients we have for a fresh salad are from the broad beans. . . We …
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  8. Homemade Bread

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    Saturday 14 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I have no home phone or internet this weekend, thanks to a nine hour storm that knocked out the local …
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  9. Turkish Style Spinach

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    Sunday 01 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Popeye had a point…. Spinach IS an excellent source of nutrition, but to be honest, I’d never really fancied it, usually …
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  10. Red Lentil Köfte

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    Sunday 22 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One of the meals favoured by the Spike tummy is what is known in Turkish as Mercimekli Köfte (pronounced Mer-ji-mek-li …
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  11. Aşure (“ah-shu-reh” in Turkish)

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    Sunday 15 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    You may have heard of this dish, Ashure (as it’s spelt in English) as it’s famed in cultures and religions beyond the …
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  12. Them Chooks Named ‘Soup’

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    Tuesday 13 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    As you may recall, all our spare roosters in the pen had the name ‘Soup’. Someone even asked me why …
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  13. Juice Time

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    Sunday 04 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    With fruit hanging off every tree in sight, we are rarely short of fruit juice, that’s for sure. Never do …
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  14. Spike’s Caramelised Baby Clementines

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    Thursday 01 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Here’s something a little different from my kitchen… In the orchards we have mostly clementine trees, which are ‘in harvest’ …
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  15. Table Olives – Salt Cured (part 2)

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    Thursday 04 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In a previous post, we got as far as preparing table olives by layering them with salt in a large tub …
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  16. Table Olives – Salt Cured (part 1)

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    Saturday 29 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In some previous posts, we looked at how olives for table use are cured using water, salted, and then preserved in …
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  17. Table Olives – Water Cured (part 2)

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    Tuesday 25 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In a previous post, we got as far as preparing table olives by soaking them in water. Now we continue the …
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  18. Dried Foods: Other Stuff

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    Tuesday 25 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In addition to drying aubergines/eggplants in various forms, and of course peppers, we also have a few other foodstuffs that get dried and kept in the …
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  19. Peeling a Pommie

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    Sunday 23 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Another question I am often asked, is how the chuff does one peel a pommie (that is, pomegranate to normal …
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  20. Deniz Börülcesi

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    Sunday 23 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    What the heck am I on about? Well, Deniz Börülcesi, as we call it in Turkish, is a salty, seaweedy …
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  21. Table Olives – Water Cured (part 1)

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    Saturday 22 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In a previous post, we looked at how olives for table use, rather than oil production, are picked, sorted and prepared. …
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  22. Dried Foods: Peppers

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    Thursday 20 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Peppers are one crop which I know I can grow really well from early summer (May) right through until the …
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  23. Dried Foods: Aubergine

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    Monday 17 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    We often dry foodstuffs for use ‘out of season’, especially where we have a good crop of something or other. …
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  24. Table Olives – Picking & Sorting

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    Sunday 16 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    . Picking olives for oil production is one thing, but for table olives, that is, the ones you want to …
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  25. Homemade Wild Sour Pomegranate Extract

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    Saturday 08 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Regional palettes vary worldwide, with every corner of the earth claiming certain culinary favourites that locals simply take for granted. …
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  26. Plentiful Pepper Preparation

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    Saturday 01 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I am often asked about what the hell we do with all the fruit and veg that we grow. Well, …
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  27. How to make Turkish Coffee

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    Thursday 30 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Hands up, how many of you have been to Turkey? Ok, so not many. All right, how many have had …
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  28. Homemade Pasta Sauce

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    Sunday 12 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Another of the end-of-summer jobs each year is to make our annual stock of tomato based pasta sauce. To be …
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  29. Grape Concentrate

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    Saturday 04 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    One of the end-of-summer jobs each year is to make use of the late grape harvest. We have a vine …
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  30. Hello Basil!

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    Friday 01 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Every summer I grow a patch of black basil for drying. . . Which ends up spread across the guest …
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  31. Stuffed Vine Leaves

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    Saturday 26 April, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Stuffed vine leaves are a national dish here in Turkey, and certainly one of our favourites. They keep in the …
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  32. Dark Nights & Fresh Yoghurt

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    Saturday 07 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Now there’s a daft blog post title if ever I saw one – see, I know what you’re thinking…. 🙂 …
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  33. Pommie Processing

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    Sunday 03 November, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    After more than 2 months of visitors (literally one set after another, sometimes 3 lots at once), we finally had …
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