Sibel has dual Turkish Cypriot and British nationality. She started cooking gluten free for her husband who has Celiac. I really enjoyed this little anecdote in her introduction about getting to know her husband:
‘I’m coeliac,’ he admitted sheepishly, just after I’d invited him round for dinner early on in our relationship.
‘Coeliac?’ I gave him an odd look, thinking he was trying to prepare me for some bizarre sexual quirk that sounded a bit dodgy.
Well, I breathed a huge sigh of relief, I can tell you, when he explained to me he had a disease that meant he was unable to eat gluten, not someone who wanted to dress up in lederhosen and be slapped with stinging nettles. Then I thought, unable to eat gluten? That must be really horrible, but how difficult can it be to cater for that? Well, not as easy as I first thought…
A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey is filled with funny little notes as well as a lot of great recipes. It is broken into Meze, Soup, Salad, Egg Dishes, Pasta, Vegetable Dishes, Meat Dishes, Seafood, Dessert, Bread, and Drinks. I like it because most of the recipes are naturally gluten free.
I couldn't decide on just one dish, so I made a Turkish feast (shout out to my boyfriend who eats everything I cook, even when I clearly have no idea what I'm doing). I started with a yogurt and cucumber dip served with fresh veggies and individual corn bread. I love yogurt dip as a dip, but also on main dishes like chicken and rice. I'm so happy that now I know how to make it on my own. The individual corn bread reminded me more of corn fritters than of what I would traditionally call corn bread. But hey, who doesn't like a corn fritter?
I made two main dishes: Aubergine Bake and Chicken Casserole. Aubergine is what we call eggplant in the US. According to Sibel, eggplants are eaten daily in one form or another in Turkey and North Cyprus. I haven't cooked with eggplant in awhile so it seemed like a good opportunity. Both of these recipes call for mozzarella melted on top. How can you go wrong with melted cheese on top? The answer is, you can't.
Other recipes I'd like to try include: Hummus, Sexy Cabbage, Bean Salad, and Beetroot Salad.
Overall I like this cookbook. Sibel is funny and it's nice to have recipes on hand from a different type of cuisine. A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey is available on Amazon for $4.99 and will be available in paperback soon.