Tag: Turkish

Red Pepper and Feta Meze

Pepper and Feta Meze 1

While I was in Halifax this past July, I enjoyed a salad made out of roasted red peppers and Feta cheese at the Efendy Turkish and Mediterranean Grill. It was very nice (and I made a note to try and do something similar at home) but I thought a modest change might improve things. The dish I had at Efendy was made by chopping both the feta and the peppers quite finely so that the texture was really quite smooth. I decided to go for a much ‘chunkier’ style…  Continue reading “Red Pepper and Feta Meze”

Grilled Zucchini Appetizer

Grilled Zucchini Meze 01

While in Halifax this summer, I enjoyed an interesting and very nice Mediterranean appetizer at the Efendy Restaurant I enjoyed it very much and, while I wanted to play around with the general theme, I departed from the original by basing it on grilled zucchini rather than fried eggplant…  Continue reading “Grilled Zucchini Appetizer”

Broccoli Meze

Broccoli Meze 01

Broccoli quite frequently appears as an item on crudité platters but, all too often, it ends up being dry, dull and rather uninteresting. Today’s preparation is not really a crudité, as such, as the broccoli florets are blanched before being dressed. However, it also can’t really be called vinaigrette salad either, for that matter, as the olive oil dressing includes no more than a few drops of lemon juice. Instead, I am calling this little appetizer dish a ‘meze’ as it is somewhat reminiscent of a Greek (or Turkish?) small plate I once encountered. Still, although I will be preparing broccoli florets in olive oil, I also stray a little from the original… Continue reading “Broccoli Meze”

Basic Kofta

Basic Kofta 01

Ground meat preparations are ubiquitous and occur in virtually every culinary tradition. However, there is one particular sort of meatball or patty whose range extends from India, where they are known as ‘Kofta’, through Iran, where they grace the table as ‘Kufteh’, and thence on to Turkey where cooks prepare yet another variety called ‘Köfte’. Elsewhere, from the Balkans, the Middle East, and North Africa, they occur as qofte, ćufta, kefta and kifta, and, although there are innumerable regional and national variations, it is clear the origin is the same. Today, I am preparing a variety that is almost as basic as you can get… It represents no actual variety in particular, but, with very few changes or substitutions, could stand in for just about any of the classic forms… Continue reading “Basic Kofta”

Review: Efendy Turkish and Mediterranean Grill, Halifax

1569 Dresden Row – 902.444.8064 – Website

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Date of Visit: July 11, 2014

When I first saw Efendy, I was actually checking out a couple of other nearby restaurants that I was considering trying. It struck me, though, that as far as I could recall I had never eaten at a Turkish restaurant before. I have several Turkish cookbooks in my library, and have even cooked a few dishes myself, but the actual restaurant experience was something I had yet to cross off my bucket list. Accordingly, I skipped one of my other chosen establishments and gave the place a try…  Continue reading “Review: Efendy Turkish and Mediterranean Grill, Halifax”