Meet Chef Nurdan Erdem of Enfes NYC

Chef Nurdan Erdem answers our questions about Turkish cuisine, her series of pop-ups, Enfes NYC, and her life in Turkey and the US.

5 Adventurous Dried Apricot Recipes

Whether you say “a-pricot” or “ah-pricot”, you’ve undoubtedly tasted an apricot in your lifetime. While it’s maybe not the best idea to gift your sweetheart a bouquet of apricots, these juicy delights are actually members of the rose family, along with apples, peaches, strawberries, and almonds. So, next time you’re trying to impress, instead of roses, why not win that special someone over with one of these five delicious apricot recipes we’ve rounded up?

Balık ekmek: Fish Sandwich with Red Onion Salad

Balık ekmek, a simple fish sandwich, is one of the must-eat items for any tourist in Turkey. This recipe combines the traditional street food with Chef Nurdan Erdem’s favorite red onion salad.

Easy Turkish Red Onion Salad

This easy salad is a favorite of Chef Nurdan Erdem, chef-owner of Enfes NYC and the curating chef for our Turkey Box. It is great on its own, or you can use it as a relish for dishes like balık ekmek, a fried or grilled fish sandwich with vegetables on Turkish […]

Kayısı Cocktail with Rosewater

This cocktail is inspired by kayısı kompostosu (stewed apricot compote), which is a common Turkish dessert. Make it a mocktail for non-drinkers and kids by omitting the vodka. Serves: 2 | Time: 20 minutes 

Baked Stuffed Apricots

Stuffed apricots are a classic Turkish dessert. These are stuffed with crushed walnuts and brown sugar, but you can just as easily use crushed pistachios and/or clotted cream. Serves: 6 | Time: 35-45 minutes 

Our Next Destination: Welcome to Turkey!

Turkish food is a fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors, with ingredients such as rich olive oil, dark amber honey, and world-renowned spices.