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Hello Ladies! Istanbul Cultural Center Women's Division would like to begin coffee night a quarterly event where ladies can gather in a warm and friendly environment with good conversation. Oh and don't forget....delicious Turkish Food. Each quarter we will present a different topic. This months will be Turkish Coffee Attendance is FREE! Since we love to see new faces we'd love if you joined us for great company, food, and a short presentation.The aim of our program is to promote diversity and encourage women from different cultures to gather and have a delightful night. Program will start at 6pm with refreshments and finish at 8pm. Date; November 1st , 2013 6.00-7.00 pm refreshment 7.00 - 7.30 pm presantation 7.30-8.00 present how to make Turkish  coffee  and taste it! We cant wait to see you so please RSVP to let us know your participating. Thanks in advance.... Sincerely,  Women's Divison of Istanbul Cultural Center

Cheese Tart ( Peynirli Tart )

Ingredients For dough 4 cup flour ( approx.) 1-1/4 stick butter ( room temp.) 1 cup yogurt 1 tbsp baking powder 1 tbsp salt For filling 1/2 cup feta cheese 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese 2 eggs ( one's yolk for top) 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1/4 cup chopped dill For top egg yolk and black sesame Preparation 1- In a bowl, mix filling ingredients. 2- In a different bowl, mix butter, yogurt, salt, and baking powder and make them pure mixture. Then add flour little by little ( make it soft dough ). 3--Wait 10 minutes. Then take 2/3 of the dough and place oiled tart mould. 4- Then place the filling on the dough. 5- Take small pieces dough and make them long stripe and make it like lattice. 6-Finally, brush egg and sprinkle black sesame. 7- Bake it preheated 350 F 25-30 min. approx. When it gets cold, cut it and serve with tea.

Olive Salad ( Zeytin Salatasi )

Ingredients 1 cup stuffed green olives, diced 1 cup black olives, diced 1/4 cup pickles, small diced half head iceberg, large diced cherry tomatoes  ( optional ) For Sauce, 3 tbsp olive oil 1/2 lemon juice 1tsp black pepper 1 tsp red pepper 2 gloves garlic, shredded 1tbsp salt 1 bunch of dill Preparation 1- Mix the olives, iceberg, and pickles in a mixture bow. 2- In a different bowl, mix the garlic, salt, peppers, oil, lemon juice, and dill. 3-Pour the mixture into the salad. Then mix it gently. Afiyet Olsun.

White Cabbage Salad ( Beyaz Lahana Salatasi )

Ingredients 3 cup white cabbage, small diced 1 cup carrot, shredded 1/2 cup mayo 1-1/2 cup yogurt 1/2 cup walnut, crushed 1 tbsp salt For Garnish whole corn, dill, or parsley Preparation Mix all the ingredients and garnish. Afiyet Olsun.

Spinach Borek ( Ispanakli Borek )

Ingredients 1 packet pyhllo dough # 4 2 cup shredded mozzarella 1 bottle mineral water For Filling 1 lb baby spinach 1 medium onion, small diced 1/2 cup water 2 tbsp tomato paste 1 tsp salt 1 tsp red pepper 1 tsp black pepper For Sauce 1 egg 1-1/2 cup yogurt 1/2 oil 1tsp salt Preparation 1- In a pot, add oil and onions and saute them. Then add tomato paste, spinach, salt and spices. Then add water and cook them until all the water is absorbed. 2- In a small bowl, beat the egg and add yogurt and oil mix them well. 3-Take 3 sheets pyhllo dough then pour 2 tbsp sauce on the pyhllo. Then close them gently. Then pour 2 more tbsp sauce.Put 3 tbsp spinach mixture and 1 tbsp mozzarella. Fold the sides in and roll it gently. then place oiled tray. Brush the sauce. Pour 2 tbsp mineral water on it.  Wait 30 min. 4- Then bake it 350 F preheated oven approx. 30-35 min.

Roasted Eggplant Puree with Meat( Hunkar Begendi)

Hunkar Begendi Bechamel Sauce ingredients; 2 big or 4 small eggplants 3 tbsp of flour 4 tbsp of butter 2 cups of milk 1 tsp of salt Meat ingredients; 1 lb of meat Cut into thin strips or cubes. 2 clovers of garlic, chopped 1 tbsp of tomato or pepper paste ½ cup of tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes salt, black pepper Preparation of the sauce; 1. Bake the eggplants in a microwave until they become fully cooked and soft or wrap the eggplants in aluminum foil and grill over the stove. Then peel them and smash them into a paste. 2. Sauté the flour with butter in a pan 3. Add the milk very slowly into the butter-flour mix, stirring in the meantime. 4. Add the salt 5. Mix the eggplant paste with the sauce 6. Put the mixture in the serving plate. Preparation of the meat; 1. Cook the meat until they become soft. 2 Season the meat with salt and pepper after adding the garlic and tomato or pepper paste and tomato sauce. 3. Lay the meat on the


Ingredients  4 cup of milk 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup wheat starch  egg yolk  oreo cookie or Turkish halley  Garnish banana,strawberry or peach and 1/2 cup sugar  Direction   1- In a pot, mix all ingredients and stir until it boils. 2-Then in a small bowl lay the oreo. Then add 1/2 cup of the mixture. 3-Put in the ref. until it gets cold. While waiting for that, peel the peaches cut them into the small pieces and put in a blender with sugar. 4- Make sure they are chopped well. 5-Final stage add it on the keskul and you are ready to serve. Afiyet Olsun.

Mountain Salad ( Dag Salatasi )

Ingredients 4 medium tomatoes 4 kirby cucumbers or 1 large cucumber 2 green belly peppers half bunch of parsley 5-6 green onions 1 small onion 2 tbsp lemon juice 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses ( recommended ) 1 tbsp mint flakes 1/2 cup diced pickles 1 cup of coarse cracked walnut salt to taste Directions 1- Chop the onion and rub it with salt ( on the board or in a bowl.) 2- Cut the tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and pickles into the small cubes. Put them in a bowl. 3-Chop green onions and parsley and add them to the bowl. 4-Pour olive oil, lemon juice and pomegranate molasses. Mix all ingredients well. 5-Sprinkle mint flakes and walnut on top ( you may mix these as well if you like .) Afiyet Olsun!


Maklube Ingredients: 2 cups rice 2 tbsp butter 2 pounds beef stew 4 and 1/2 cups water 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 4 medium potatoes 1 big diced onion 2 medium carrots For salad: 1 whole romaine hearts lettuce diced 1 cup plain yogurt shredded carrots diced red cabbage diced cucumbers diced tomatoes Preparation: 1. Put beef stews in pressure cooker, add 2 cups water, salt and pepper and put the lid on. 2. Turn the heat on to medium , let it cook for 25-30 minutes. Turn the heat off and drain the meat, set that aside. 3. Peel the potatoes and slice them round like ring, fry them in 2 cups oil. 4. After that peel the carrots and slice them round,fry them. 5.Place half of beef stew as one layer at the bottom of cooking pan. Add already washed and drained 1 cup of rice, place onion, fried potatoes and carrots on top of rice. 6. Then repeat the process first, beef stews then uncooked last cup of rice, finally p

Eggplant Salad ( Patlican Salatasi)

Eggplant Salad ( Patlican Salatasi ) Ingredients; 2 eggplant 2 green or red pepper 2 tomato 3 scallion 1 lemon juice Half bunch of parsley 2 cloves of garlic 2 tsp oil 1 tsp red pepper 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp salt Directions; 1-Pierce the eggplants surface with a fork several times. 2-Cook them in the microwave for 30 minutes. Cut green pepper, scallion, parsley and tomatoes into small pieces. 3-Grate garlic. With a knife, take the inside of the eggplants and get rid of the skin. Squash the cooked eggplants. Add the rest of the cut ingredients and garlic in the mash. 4- Finally, mix it with spices, oil,salt , and lemon juice. 5- Serve it cold with meat,soup,chicken... Afiyet olsun !