UK Cypriot Meliz is famous for her Turkish-Cypriot comfort food, after growing up watching her Mum and Aunt cook delicious traditional recipes which she now shares with over 100k Instagram followers. appeared on This Morning TV Show.
She was there with a masterclass in taking homemade hummus from mediocre to fabulous with just a few simple ingredients.
Meliz Berg is a self-taught cook, recipe developer and food content creator. Due to her Turkish Cypriot heritage, Meliz grew up in a household where her parents combined both traditional Cypriot and multi-cultural London living. Her mother’s influence has been fundamental in her cooking, and Meliz is very passionate about developing the family recipes of her childhood which for years had only been passed down through oral tradition.
Meliz studied Music at Masters Level, taught it at secondary school for eight years, then started a recipe blog after the birth of her first child, documenting the traditional Cypriot dishes that she was introducing to him. After taking a break from teaching, Meliz decided to pursue her passion for food and the blog progressed into a very successful Meliz Cooks Instagram page, where her recipes are cooked and shared by her followers from all over the world. Meliz has gained a supportive following due to her easy-to-follow recipes, addictive combinations of flavours and spices, sympathetically highlighting the melting-pot of beautiful cuisines from across the Mediterranean, Balkans and Middle East evident in Cyprus, and her dazzling, colourful displays of food. Her recipes have featured in Co-Op Food and Asda Good Living Magazine, as well as for Good Homes and the Guardian, and she regularly works as a recipe developer and campaigner for Sainsburys
Meliz is the author of Meliz’s Kitchen is a celebration of the melting-pot of delicious spices and fresh flavours that make a Turkish-Cypriot kitchen.
In this book Meliz shares the best comforting recipes and her easy go-to meals for busy family life. Find inspiration in nine chapters of vibrant, nourishing cooking: Kahvalti (breakfast), Meze & Salata (dishes and salads to share), Ocak & Kizartma (traditional stove-top dishes), Firin (hearty dishes from the oven), Yahni (easy one-pots and slow-cooking), Kebab & Kofte (barbecue dishes and accompaniments), Ekmek & Hamur Isi (breads, doughs, and pastries) and Kek ve Tatlilar (crowd-pleasing sweets).
Cypriot Breakfast Platter
One-pot Halloumi & Tomato Pasta
Stuffed Artichokes & Vine Leaves
Cypriot Pasta Bake
Chicken Doner Kebab
BBQ Wings & Thighs
Halloumi, Olive & Herb Loaf
Tahini & Carob Molasses Baklava