Featured Turkish Product of the Week: Oncu 3 in 1 Tomato & Pepper Paste

Oncu 3 in 1 Domates & Tath Biber & Act Biber (tomato and pepper paste)

Tomato and pepper paste is a popular ingredient in Turkish cooking and is used in many different recipes. This pepper and tomato paste mix is perfect to use for pasta sauces, soups, stews, and marinades. Oncu is a well known brand, dating back to 1970 when a local family began producing tomato paste in their hometown of Gaziantep in Turkey's Anatolie region. They now produce a range of products: tomato pastes, pepper pastes, roasted eggplant, roasted peppers, pomegranate molasses, and other condiments.

Use Oncu tomato and pepper paste in the recipe below for Turkish beef kofte, and serve with warm flatbread.

Turkish Beef Kofte, by food blog, Traditional Turkish Cooking

Featured Turkish Product of the Week - Basak Asure Instant Dessert Mix

Basak Aşure Dessert Powder Mix 200g

Ashure is a popular Turkish dessert also known as Noah's pudding, made of grains, nuts, fruits and seeds. The base is a congee-style grain mixture that is finished off with a variety of delicious fruit and nut toppings. It is a popular dessert made throughout the year in Turkey, but is particularly popular during Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. The name Noah's pudding is representative of Noah's ark, and it's believed that this dessert was made from the remaining ingredients left on the ark. Whatever fruits, nuts, seeds, and cereals were left were thrown into this one dish and a dessert was born!

If you don't have time to make this dessert from scratch or if you are looking for a quick and easy sweet fix, try Basak Asure dessert mix. It takes only a few minutes to whip up and already contains delicious toppings like apricots, figs, raisins, hazelnuts, orange zest, and currants. 

If you would like to make this dish from scratch, try the recipe below from blogger Passion & Paranoia. She even offers a gluten free version of this dish!

Noah's Ark Pudding, by Passion & Paranoia

Photo credit: Passion & Paranoia

Photo credit: Passion & Paranoia