Beyti

BeytiWarm, except if your table is by the door and smokers keep coming in and out, unpretentious, using fresh ingredients and a charcoal grill  – what else could you wish for in a restaurant? Ah, and you can bring your own wine too!
Beyti is one of the best Turkish restaurants in London. I never come out disappointed. The choices are not as many as in other Turkish restaurants I’ve been to, but it has  enough choice of meat, fish and vegetarian to make it interesting – assuming you don’t go there every day. Off the top of my head, go for the fried whitebait to start, perhaps with a spinach & yoghurt dip alongside if you’ve tired of the traditional hummus. For main, I always go for either grilled sea bream or sea bass. If you’re a fishy sort of person, there are also other fish in the menu – trout, salmon etc. Don’t be afraid to ask the waiter which fish they recommend. If you go ahead without asking and order one that isn’t fresh, you can easily tell by their face as well. They have plenty of meat and vegetarian kebabs too, as any Turkish place.
Not sure about desserts as I’m usually too stuffed by that stage, but I think they have rather regular ice creams and nothing particularly memorable.
The staff is always friendly and nice, and the crowd is as eclectic as one would expect in London. To finish, the bill is surprisingly soft on the pocket, perhaps because this part of town is not particularly trendy – try the Turkish restaurants in Kingsland Rd / Dalston just a few minutes walk away, and you’ll see what I mean!
This is an honest place for food lovers.
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Beyti,
113 Green Lanes N16 9DA

Making maven release plugin on windows with git, gpg and github to work

 

If you already spent time looking for answers you may want to skip the background. The very quick answer is to use the following combination:

  • Official windows Git configured to use plink
  • plink.exe, puttygen.exe and pageant.exe from here
  • GnuPG for windows, the minimal installation would do
  • Standard windows command prompt, not git bash not cygwin shell

The long story

I recently tried to release “properly” an old open source project of mine at the sonatype open source maven repository mostly to learn how to do a complete maven managed project. The particular project was a good use case, a small multiple module project with two modules, one module the library and one a web demo (war packaging).

The  past two months I am using windows (linux user on gaming period!) and I found out that the combination of maven release plugin, git managed project, gnupg to sign the jars is almost like a catch 22 for windows users with errors about paths, invisible passphrase prompts and hangs. Also it is surprising how little information is out there and how none of the solutions solved the problem so I decided to write this small guide.

 

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Eclipse on linux using smaller (or larger) fonts in all views

Eclipse on linux uses fonts and sizes defined by the GTK theme fonts. While it is fairly easy to change the editor fonts, it is not possible to do it for the views like the project explorer and the rest of the user interface. I found a brilliant article at the Daniel Ferbers Technical Tavern that explains how to run eclipse in its own theme settings and thus control exactly how it looks. And the trick is very easy to do too. The original article with all the details and other options is this: “Smaller font sizes for Eclipse on Linux“. I posted a summary for my own reference.

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Tzatziki (Τζατζίκι)

  • 250g Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • dill
  • parsley
  • 1 tbsp white wine
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt & pepper

Preparation:
Wash and grate the cucumber onto a large bowl. Use a clean kitchen (fabric) towel to squeeze the water out of the grated cucumber, getting it as dry as possible. Grate/grind the garlic cloves and mix in. Chop a generous portion of dill and parsley and add onto the main mixture. Add in 250g of Greek yoghurt, or a little less/more just to make it of a nice dip consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste, and also 1 tbsp of white wine and 1tsp of lemon juice. Mix well and serve with grilled meat or grilled veggie.

Salmon & vegetables in baking parchment

(Σολομός στη Λαδόκολλα)

  • 2 large salmon fillets
  • 2 small red peppers
  • 1 bunch (250g) of asparagus
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • spring onions (c. 4)
  • 250g tomatoes
  • 80g gruyère cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Preparation:
Chop all the vegetables in small bits, onto a bowl. Grease 2 sheets of baking parchment with the olive oil, and add one salmon fillet inside each. Split the vegetables into two even portions, and cover the salmon fillets. Add salt & pepper. Wrap each of these ‘parcels’ and close (not too tightly) with a couple of toothpicks. Put them in an oven tray and bake in 200C until tender, i.e. for about 30-40min.

Meatballs

Summary

Traditional recipe for Greek meatballs coming from my grand mother but probably now a bit different than the original.

Variations

Traditionally meatballs are shallow or deep fried. But a few months ago I grilled them on a raclette and I was surprised that they tasted even better. Since them I always grill them and the best way is to charcoal them!

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Christmas stuffing (Γέμιση)

Summary

This is the exact recipe my mother is using to stuff the turkey (or more frequent chicken) for the Christmas dinner. I just prefer it without the chicken, prepared in the saucepan and then baked for some time to become more crunchy.

The most important part is to find very nice and very lean beef mince. The nuts already contain 70-80% fat, using a fatty mince will make the stuffing unpleasantly oily.

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