OMG (Oh My Gözleme)

August 11, 2012

So here we go, the first of my reflective honeymoon posts. We began our 5 week adventure in Turkey, so that is where these posts shall commence.

While I appreciate and love my present, I always long to be lost in some exotic corner of the world, breathing foreign air, drinking in new cultures and discovering new dishes. If you’re like me in this sense, I dearly hope for these posts to be a nice little escape for you, for your hungry traveler soul. And I hope you’re inspired to plan future travels, as well as spontaneous cooking adventures. That would be nice.

 

Let’s begin in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Saturday we arrived, Ben and I checked into our hotel, Med Cezir, just before 8am. The staff here were lovely, as was the room, however personally I’d favour staying around Beyoğlu, rather than Sultanahmet (which is where Med Cezir is located). Tip: while being in Sultanahmet is prime location for visiting many tourists sites, we preferred the somewhat less touristy area of Beyoğlu (plus it was close to all the good eats and bars). When we returned for the final night of our trip, we stayed in Beyoğlu.
Craving inspiration the morning we arrived in Istanbul, this gözleme satisfied. After a little time *cough* hours *cough* spent researching foodie destinations in Istanbul, I decided Ben and I simply had to catch a train to a local Saturday market to try gözleme (a thin, stuffed Turkish pancake). Luckily I have an equally minded husband who encourages such adventures for food.
And so, after checking in, we caught a train in search of Bakirköy market, where this article promised authentic gözleme. After wandering around searching for said market for a short while, we realised we were in fact in the wrong suburb (similar name).
A short cab ride fixed things and we found ourselves right in the middle of a clothing market – t-shirts, underwear, dresses, socks…many socks. Surely this wasn’t right? However tucked away behind rows of fluorescent tank tops and cheap strapless onesies we saw it, a little corner of joy…the sweet sight of hard-working Turkish ladies rolling out gözleme dough, and the heavenly sight of that blessed convex griddle cooking the beauties.
After a short and undoubtedly perplexed assessment, the chirpy stall owners jumped up off their stools and offered us a seat (at 9:30am it seemed we were the early first customers) and some tea.
Always tea in Turkey…always.
We chatted with the gözleme crew, who were delightfully fascinated with us. This gentleman communicated that he wished to travel back to Australia with Ben and I in our suitcase. Whenever we mentioned we were from Australia we received strong welcoming smiles and applause.
While our gözleme cooked we communicated with our new Turkish friends as best we could, discussing this culinary treat and watching as much of the process as we could. The ladies were more than happy for us to take pictures, playing up to the camera and telling us what to capture. They were genuinely warm and welcoming.

 

Waiting to go…
These ladies rolled their dough with effortless precision. Ben and I bypassed the potato option and ordered one spinach and one lamb gözleme. An eager portion of cheese was added, before stunningly fresh spinach was added to the first and then pre-prepared spiced mince to the other. The gözleme were then folded over and oiled – well oiled, my friends – before finishing up on the griddle.
And there you have it.
Deliriously thin dough with superbly fresh ingredients that were clearly and simply fabulous in their own right (that spinach!), all heated and oiled together (oiled, and then oiled some more)…It’s a beautiful thing.
Gözleme perfection, right there.
I’m yet to re-create this dish as, well, we’ve only been home for one week and surviving said week at work took all my mental and physical effort. But I will, oh I willmake my own gözleme (possibly starting with this recipe). Although I can’t help but think if only we did bring the friendly gözleme gent home in our suitcase, we might be eating gözleme right now…
Heidi xo

 

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17 Comments

  • Reply Lesdad August 11, 2012 at 6:11 am

    What a perfect coincidence. Last Red Hill Organic Farmers Market (different to the Craft Market on the first Saturday of the month) a Turkish couple set up their van for their first foray into selling gözleme, were happy to talk about it, and their gözleme looked and tasted (I can tell) like those in your photos. I also promised myself I would make some.

  • Reply Sig August 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Oh yum! Can you tell I'm excited about honeymoon recaps?? That gozleme (argh – no idea how to do that little two dot thingie!!)looks amazing and I'm wishing I could have that spinach and cheese one right now!

    Can't wait to see your take on the recipe – looks like something worth trying at home 🙂

    More Heidi!! 😀

  • Reply xoCATox August 11, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Oh WOW! Every single thing about the post excited and intrigued me, but also made me a ridiculously dark shade of green with envy!

    Looks like you both had n amazing honeymoon.

    Welcome back, and I can't wait for more posts so I can be insanely jealous, but also live vicariously through your travel adventures! xx

  • Reply Jac August 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Yum, the spinach gozleme looks amazing. Can't wait to read more stories of your travels!

  • Reply Not Quite Nigella August 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I'm gozleme mad and I'm so delighted that you tried the real thing in Turkey no less! Everyone there sounds so charming too! 😀

  • Reply Heidi August 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Lesdad – snap! Can't wait to try xo

    Sig – thanks!! yes I'm so keen to try them!

    Cat – thank you, so happy you liked the post 🙂 We did have an amazing time.

    Jac – looking forward to sharing them!

    Lorraine – Über charming 😉

    Heidi xo

  • Reply Michelle Chin August 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    it reminds me of galette in a way. hehe.

    i feel so envious of you, making gozleme impromptu!

  • Reply Hannah August 12, 2012 at 5:10 am

    I'm reading this on the plane to Utah, dear heart, and am suddenly caught in confusion as to why I'm travelling in the US and not in gorgeous exotic locales. Then I remember why, and I'm happy with my course… for now. Thank you for providing me with a different escape during my own escape. Oh how I wish you could have been with my in New York this time, but one day. One day.

    xo

    P.S. Gozleme are sold are it-seems-like every festival in Canberra (Folk Festival, Multicultural Festival, etc), but I can't help thinking what I've had would be a far cry from this!

  • Reply Cheryl Hurley August 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Can't WAIT for you to produce a recipe! This looks amazing.

  • Reply msihua August 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Man I really want to try an original Gozlame.. the only ones I've seen are at Prahran Market!

  • Reply Hannah August 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Yum, this gozleme looks amazing! The dough looks so thin and crisp, delicious. I work next to a gozleme stall at the markets, and they do a great chicken/mushroom/spinach combo. Can't wait for more travel updates 🙂 xx

  • Reply Iron Chef Shellie August 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    LOVE this post, can't wait for the others. You totally wooshed me away to another world, and I thank you for that. I'm totally in need of a holiday.

    I STILL haven't tried a gozleme…. I hope to one day, and I hope it's as good as that one! x

  • Reply The InTolerant Chef August 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    You certainly look happy! I bet your new friends lived that you took such an interest in their delicious creation 🙂

  • Reply Lisa @ Blithe Moments August 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Oh I love gözleme. The local turkish community have a stall at all the local markets / fairs and I always have to have one. Eating one in Turky would be a dream.

  • Reply Heidi August 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Michelle – yes very crepe like!

    Hannah – so happy to provide an escape during your escape. I love the escapes you provide me, also 🙂

    Cheryl – OMG I need to!

    Msihua – the original and the best 😉

    Hannah – yay!

    Michele – thanks, lovely. I hope you get a holiday real soon!!

    InTolerant Chef – I think they did hehe 🙂

    Lisa – this was absolutely a dream!

    Heidi xo

  • Reply Mustafa Marsap February 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Heidi,
    What an amazingly engaging story you tell. I loved reading your adventure and ultimate love affair with Gozleme.

    Gozleme is uniquely a heartland Turkish past time and it is best enjoyed in Turkey of course.

    • Reply Heidi November 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks, Mustafa! What a lovely comment 🙂

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