Shane Delia's Spice Journey

June 2017

S1 Ep10 - Istanbul Secrets: The Culinary Underbelly

Expired 3.0 6 x
Shane arrives back in Istanbul along the Bosphorus in a private launch, past jet boats docked at renovated wooden waterside palaces, and crossing the wake of countless passenger boats. He can tell there’s a whole lot more going on here below the surface than meets the eye, and he’s determined to find a way to access Istanbul’s secret culinary world. In the narrow lanes and alleys in and around Beyoglu, Shane watches as Istanbul comes to life. Tables line the streets. Glamazons in high heels str...

S1 Ep9 - Ordu - Where Georgia's Always On Your Mind

Expired 3.0 4 x
In Ordu, Shane is introduced to a cuisine whose culinary heritage lies to the north in Georgia, the former Soviet state. As he joins the hazelnut harvest, and visits an emerald green tea plantation, Shane is introduced to an entirely different and very surprising school of Turkish cooking.

S1 Ep8 - Trabzon - A Hungering For Hamsi

Expired 3.0 3 x
Shane journeys north to reach the Black Sea port town of Trabzon, where he tracks down a very special fish, known as the hamsi, and recipes that do this small, anchovy-like creature, culinary justice. Along the way, Shane undertakes a culinary odyssey, stopping in villages while crossing the Pontic Mountains, to meet mountain folk who share the secrets of perfecting their simplistic food, including sutlac (rice pudding), and kuymak (a cheese dish), which is accompanied by cornbread.

S1 Ep7 - Food Culture At The Dawn Of Civilisation

Expired 3.0 5 x
Thousands of years ago, the foundations of Middle Eastern cuisine were laid in Mesopotamia. Shane journeys to the headlands of the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers in Turkey and encounters living history on a plate. The flavours and dishes he experiences here are unlike any others he’s discovered on his journey through Turkey. This is a cultural and culinary melting pot where political borders are meaningless. From a pistachio plantation in Gaziantep to an Assyrian kitchen in Midyat, Shane’s palate ...

S1 Ep6 - The Heart Of Anatolian Cuisine

Expired 3.0 6 x
The Heart of Anatolian Cuisine - Shane explores some of Turkey’s most famous flavours in Cappadocia, home to an ancient landscape, along with ancient underground cooking techniques. The extraordinary – and very suggestive – ‘fairy chimneys’ of Cappadocia are the result of a fairly mundane geological process, and for thousands of years, the locals have been chipping into the ‘tuff’ to create massive underground cities. And from those cities have emerged some remarkable dishes like testi kebab, c...

Turkey S1 Ep5 - Fethiye - Land Of Plenty

Expired 3.0 9 x
Shane visits one of Turkey’s most fertile and ecologically diverse regions, Fethiye. Shane wants to see what’s going on beyond the tourist locales and heads into the hinterland to see whether the local Turkish cuisine – celebrated for thousands of years for its creative use of the peerless fresh produce and wild ingredients – has survived the onslaught of mass tourism. He meets women in the hillside villages, just a stone’s throw from the coast, making pekmez, a grape molasses. In a nearby vill...

S1 Ep4 - Bodrum Peninsula - Turkish Delights From The Deep

Expired 3.5 7 x
Bodrum Peninsula: Turkish Delights from the Deep - Shane heads off to explore the Bodrum Peninsula, on board the Regina – a luxury schooner that featured in James Bond’s most recent film, Skyfall. After all, the best way to see the Bodrum Peninsula – the jewel of western Turkey and heartland of Turkish Aegean cuisine – is by sea. Once aboard, Shane manoeuvres between the billionaires’ super-yachts and motor-cruisers that dock in Bodrum, and heads out over the briny blue to experience the seafoo...

S1 Ep3 - Shifting Sands Of The Aegean

Expired 2.5 10 x
Shane discovers how the state of flux that characterises this region has given rise to a cuisine and culture that draws on ancient traditions carried by people moving from one place to the next. Shane meets descendants of Greek Muslim families forcibly relocated to Turkey from Greece in the infamous population exchange of 1923, and is introduced to some of the culinary delicacies they brought with them.

S1 Ep2 - Warriors And Wine-Dark Seas

Expired 3.0 4 x
Warriors and Wine-Dark Seas - Shane alights at Gallipoli almost one hundred years after the famed 1915 ANZAC landings. From here, he gets to know the Dardanelles, and witnesses how the local cuisine has been influenced by the infiltration of so many different cultures. He also travels to the hinterland to meet people who prepare food according to local traditions, which have survived because of the bonds that hold people together. As he joins a local resident hosting an evening meal on a pictur...
May 2017

S1 Ep1 - Ottomania - Food Fit For Sultans

Expired 4.3 5 x
Ottomania: Food Fit For Sultans - Back with his new series, Shane Delia witnesses the rebirth of Ottoman cuisine and traditions in Istanbul, the city that straddles the continents of Europe and Asia. The episode follows Shane as he explores the lifestyle of the sultans. Then, wanting to see how the other half lived during Ottoman times, he joins the people of Istanbul in a public ‘Iftar’ feast, a modern revival of an Ottoman tradition. Back in his Melbourne kitchen, Shane cooks up three mouth-w...