My Wife’s Recipes





I told you before that I’ve been indulging in my wife’s food with great enthusiasm for the past 42 years and that I’d never tire of it, even if I were to eat it for another 42 years.

What is it that makes her creations so delectable?

I give the floor to my wife, Nurdan Tanör, to let her tell you a few words about her cooking and a few recipes.

My dishes have two basic characteristics: simplicity and freshness.

In fact, my dishes are not so different than the food that is cooked in every home. These are mainly home-cooked dishes from Mediterranean cuisine.

Since I’m not a professional chef, my main focus isn’t creative dishes. I don’t deviate from the basics with various experiments. I’m not looking to learn different techniques, and I don’t care much about decoration.

I interpret the things I see and read about in accordance with my culinary experiences and apply them.

I believe in the virtue of simplicity.

And as for freshness, even if it’s your favorite fish, it won’t mean much to you if it isn’t fresh.

The freshness of every ingredient you use in your cooking is the keystone of a savory meal.

I try to cook whatever’s fresh. I’m also careful about using healthy ingredients.

I take care to balance vegetables, protein and carbohydrates, but that doesn’t stop us from trying different things from time to time.

We eat almost everything – but in moderation. We don’t abstain from eating different things, but we also believe in balance.

When this is the case, people enjoy my cooking.

It’s as simple as that!