With influences from the Mediterranean, Southern Europe and the Middle East, Turkish-Cypriot food offers incredible flavor combinations unique to its region. Oklava: Recipes from a Turkish-Cypriot Kitchen by Selin Kiazim celebrates the culinary delights of this area in a way no cookbook has done before. This chef pushes traditional boundaries to bring her cuisine to the contemporary London restuarant scene. 

Selin Kiazim developed her love of cooking at an early age. She completed her Professional Chef's Diploma at Westminster Kingsway College in 2008 before starting work with acclaimed chefs and top restaurants. In 2015, Selin set up her restaurant OKLAVA in Shoreditch, London, and her food and menu takes inspiration from her Turkish Cypriot heritage. The restaurant is focused around communal eating and encouraging conversations about food by sharing dishes between diners. She is inspired by flavours from travels, from friends and from fellow chefs.

Oklava translates simply as 'rolling pin'. This word conjures up memories of the author's Turkish-Cypriot grandmother: a rolling pin was never far from her hands, which meant a delicious meal was imminent. The same can be said for this book. These sensational recipes will take you on a journey from home-cooked meals and summers spent in North Cyprus to an exciting interpretation of modern Turkish-Cypriot cooking in London.

Bring the Oklava experience into your home with Turkish delights such as Pistachio crusted banana & tahini French toast with orange blossom syrup & smoked streaky bacon; Crispy pomegranate glazed lamb breast with yoghurt; Chilli-roast cauliflower; and Chocolate, prune & cardamom delice. The photography is beautiful and brings the vibrant and fresh flavors of Turkish cuisine to life. 

Special thanks to Interlink for providing us with a recipe to share with our members and for providing two copies of this book in our giveaway below. For your information, the Kindle version of this title is currently on sale at Amazon

Cyprus potato salad with romaine lettuce, herbs, scallions, lemon & olive oil
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Serves 6-8

  • 8 Cyprus potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled
  • 4 leaves Romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 5 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Small bunch of flat lead parsley, chopped (a little stalk is good)
  • Small bunch of cilantro, chopped, with stalks
  • Small bunch of mint, leaves only, shredded
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 2 lemons
  • Scant ½ cup (100 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Put the whole potatoes into a large pan of cold salted water. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Cook until just tender-about 30 minutes, depending on size. Once cooked, drain and leave to cool. Peel the potatoes and cut them into ¾ in (2 cm) cubes. Mix all the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.

Recipe from Oklava© 2017 Selin Kiazim


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Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • sarahawker  on  10/31/2018 at 2:09 PM

    Chicken & garlic köfte pide with chili yogurt, smoked salsa, walnuts & feta

  • tennyogirl  on  10/31/2018 at 2:15 PM

    Romaine lettuce salad with candied walnuts & feta dressing

  • ravensfan  on  10/31/2018 at 2:21 PM

    Circassian chicken

  • lauriesk  on  10/31/2018 at 2:41 PM

    Zucchini, feta & mint fritters

  • riley  on  10/31/2018 at 5:32 PM

    Feta, garlic and poppyseed crisps

  • lkgrover  on  10/31/2018 at 5:44 PM

    Pistachio-crusted cod with preserved lemon butter sauce.

  • inflytur  on  10/31/2018 at 6:20 PM

    Vegetable dolmas. I fell in love with these at the Cypriot restaurant in Philadelphia, Kanella.

  • verorenee  on  10/31/2018 at 6:22 PM

    Feta, garlic & poppyseed crisps sound delish

  • jmay42066  on  10/31/2018 at 8:08 PM

    Chili-roasted cauliflower

  • mpdeb98  on  10/31/2018 at 8:35 PM

    Trilece cake

  • amandabeck  on  10/31/2018 at 10:04 PM

    Pilavuna! I lived in Cyprus for three years-- so many wonderful memories, and a great food culture reflected in many of these recipes!

  • kmn4  on  11/1/2018 at 9:40 AM

    At-home ayran - I was in Turkey for almost a month back in 2010 and fell in love with it! So refreshing in the heat...

  • Ledlund  on  11/1/2018 at 1:01 PM

    Turkish Bloody Mary!

  • lean1  on  11/1/2018 at 6:05 PM


  • lgroom  on  11/1/2018 at 8:34 PM

    Vegetable dolmas

  • Dannausc  on  11/2/2018 at 4:28 PM


  • t.t  on  11/2/2018 at 11:55 PM

    Spiced beef & bulgur köftes

  • elsid22  on  11/3/2018 at 3:45 PM

    Chili-garlic glazed chicken with za'atar crumbs

  • MiMi60  on  11/4/2018 at 10:35 AM

    Barbecued corn with sumac, garlic, lemon butter & za'atar

  • Siegal  on  11/4/2018 at 3:02 PM

    I want to make spinach and feta Burek

  • sgrant101185  on  11/4/2018 at 3:34 PM

    I want to make the Zucchini, feta & mint fritters, it sounds so delish!

  • eatysmith  on  11/4/2018 at 4:53 PM

    Cyprus potato salad with romaine lettuce, herbs, scallions, lemon & olive oil!

  • EmilyR  on  11/4/2018 at 10:34 PM

    Pistachio-crusted cod with preserved lemon butter sauce

  • thecharlah  on  11/5/2018 at 8:54 PM

    Black olive, hellim, onion & mint loaf

  • ccav  on  11/6/2018 at 9:24 AM

    Spiced chickpeas, buttered cabbage, poached duck egg & tulum cheese

  • LaurenE  on  11/8/2018 at 6:15 PM

    Chili-roasted cauliflower

  • Laura1  on  11/9/2018 at 7:31 AM

    vegetable dolmas

  • rchesser  on  11/9/2018 at 6:46 PM

    The Chili-garlic glazed chicken with za'atar crumbs.

  • Lkitchings  on  11/9/2018 at 8:49 PM

    Menemen (page 40)

  • dbielick  on  11/13/2018 at 7:35 AM

    Salad of baharat-roast duck with feta, sumac onions, poached figs & salted walnuts

  • choppergirl  on  11/13/2018 at 5:34 PM

    Tomato-pomegranate salad with parsley

  • michalow  on  11/18/2018 at 11:18 PM

    chili-roasted cauliflower

  • Uhmandanicole  on  11/20/2018 at 3:59 AM

    Brown shrimp kaygana with preserved lemon Hollandaise, çemen crumbs, chives & sheep's cheese

  • Jenamarie  on  11/23/2018 at 5:59 PM

    They all sound delicious! But Pistachio-crusted cod with preserved lemon butter sauce would be my first.

  • Lizzybee  on  12/1/2018 at 4:53 PM

    Pistachio-crusted cod with preserved lemon butter sauce

  • Puguppy  on  12/1/2018 at 6:44 PM

    Pistachio crusted cod

  • marsmomma  on  12/3/2018 at 7:52 PM

    I would love to try the Baharat-spiced bread.

  • fbrunetti  on  12/5/2018 at 10:06 AM

    Baharat & chili-spiced fish böreks

  • RickPearson54  on  12/7/2018 at 10:43 AM


  • kitchen_chick  on  12/8/2018 at 10:24 AM

    Artichoke & beef dolma. I love artichokes!

  • Joy001  on  12/8/2018 at 10:52 AM

    Romaine lettuce salad with candied walnuts & feta dressing sounds delicious!!

  • gpolkes  on  12/8/2018 at 2:39 PM

    Cheese, scallion, baharat & garlic böreks! Familiar flavors but with a twist, sounds great

  • Jbird  on  12/8/2018 at 7:06 PM

    Want to try the smoked bacon and medjool date butter...sounds really cool and different.

  • PeavineBlues  on  12/9/2018 at 1:24 PM

    Blood orange caramel

  • Shana.  on  12/9/2018 at 6:56 PM

    Spinach and feta burek

  • mrscahughes  on  12/9/2018 at 8:20 PM

    romaine, feta and walnut salad and just about everything else!

  • orchidlady01  on  12/11/2018 at 12:36 PM

    Seafood vermicelli with mussels, hake & shrimp

  • Karla123  on  12/11/2018 at 6:21 PM

    Romaine lettuce salad with candied walnuts and feta dressing...lovely combination of ingredients.

  • parnassus  on  12/12/2018 at 11:01 AM

    pistachio crusted banananana and tahini French toast with that orange bacon what what

  • dtremit  on  12/15/2018 at 11:59 AM

    Beef meatballs in sour cherry sauce!

  • rosalee  on  12/16/2018 at 3:41 PM

    I'd love to try the Cypriot pastirma, broken eggs, spicy tomato & bread sauce with tomato-pomegranate salsa & yogurt!

  • Sfgordon  on  12/17/2018 at 7:48 PM

    I'd try the salad of baharat-roast duck with feta, sumac onions, poached figs & salted walnuts

  • jason0389  on  12/18/2018 at 9:25 PM

    Circassian chicken

  • starzine  on  12/22/2018 at 12:46 AM

    Feta, garlic & poppyseed crisps.

  • kitchenclimbers  on  12/26/2018 at 2:54 PM

    blood orange caramel

  • percussion03  on  12/28/2018 at 10:28 PM

    Chili-roasted cauliflower

  • amyz218  on  1/1/2019 at 5:26 PM

    Pistachio-crusted cod with preserved lemon butter sauce

  • TrishaCP  on  1/1/2019 at 5:46 PM

    The barbecued corn

  • banba1  on  1/1/2019 at 6:57 PM

    Circassian chicken

  • hillsboroks  on  1/1/2019 at 9:40 PM

    Turkish apple tea sounds intriguing.

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