The Sarnic Hotel is ideally located in Istanbul and just a short walk to the Blue Mosque. It also teaches visitors how to cook Turkish cuisine. Below is a note I received from Eveline Zoutendijk, owner of the Sarnic Hotel, for our readers interested in learning to cook Turkish meals. -dg-
We generally hold them [classes] from 10:00 to 14:00 on any given day that we have enough participants (on average we have one or two classes per week). We prepare 5 typical Turkish dishes in a group of 6-10 people and then have lunch in our roof restaurant (or out on the terrace), overlooking the famous Blue Mosque. The cost is 50 USD per person, to be paid in cash, and this includes lunch and drinks. We have aprons at our guests' disposal and they will get the recipes to take with them.
A typical menu could be as follows:
- Lentil and bulgur soup with red pepper and dried mint (Ezogelin)
- Eggplant braised with onions, garlic and tomato (Imam bayildi)
- Zucchini pancakes with cheese and herbs, served with garlic yogurt (Kabak mucveri)
- Vine leaves stuffed with rice and minced meat (Etli yaprak sarma)
- Syrupy sponge cakes with hazelnuts (Sekerpare)
With best regards,
I can tell you without a doubt that the Syrupy sponge cakes are not to be missed… Turks appear to have quite a sweet-tooth, both for desserts and for candies of all kinds.
But how can you pass up Syrupy sponge cakes? -editor-