Had dinner last night at Anatolia Cafe, the Turkish restaurant in Cleveland Heights. A satisfying treat as always. When my companion and I had just about licked our plates clean it dawned on me that our meal had a theme. Everything we’d eaten was rolled or stuffed. There were grape leaves, folded around rice, pine nuts, and currents; crispy sigara borek- a warm savory cousin of the cannoli filled with parsley-flecked feta; my roasted eggplant stuffed with ground beef and tomoatoes; her cabbage rolls with garlic yogurt sauce.
Wrapping, rolling and stuffing is a way of preparing food that shows up in so many different cuisines. Anybody want to throw out your faves or suggest places to try something interesting?