In this first post, I would like to share my version of the Turkish breakfast; Kahvaltı. One of my favorite meals of the day is definitely the breakfast and I especially love kahvaltı! It includes a variety of foods, mostly served on many little plates or in bowls. Turkish people like to have this rich breakfast especially on the weekends with many refills of çay (black tea).
While several trips to Turkey I had many breakfasts in different areas of the country I made diverse, great breakfast experiences for example the Van kahvaltı, which is famous all over Turkey and a special part was the Van otlu peyniri (Van herbed cheese) that I’ve never tasted before.
“In big Turkish cities like İstanbul, you can find all kinds of Turkish foods. However, because of the freshness and locality it makes great difference to taste local foods in local regions”
It was surprising to see how people in Erzurum start their days with a soup. There are many shops serving variety of soups in the morning hours. It seemed to me like an adaptation to this cold mountainous region.
Another great breakfast memory is from Damlacık, a village in the Southeast of Turkey, near the Nemrut Dağı National Park. With a good friend I was staying at a green camping site and the breakfast there was special. Because the food products were homemade and from own production. For example, butter and cheese was made of the milk of their own cows and sheep. They were producing eggs, honey, olives, tomatoes and cucumbers and even bread! Once you started to eat you didn’t want to stop again, it was special and delicious. That’s why we couldn’t take any pictures.
During my last holiday in Dalyan, I had a typical breakfast of Aegean region with local and seasonal products like dereotlu poğaça, a type of bread with dill (one of my favorite).
My version of the Turkish breakfast is quiet simple, but for me it’s the perfect start for the day. Using local, seasonal and fresh products is important to me. Therefor I try to buy vegetables, fruits and dairy products at the weekly market in my neighborhood, where I also explore new products at every visit. In the next coming posts I will share some pictures from the local market.
Here what I use for the ordinary breakfast in a random day:
How to prepare Menemen?
In Turkey it is a really common dish, especially in the summer times, which is not only simple to prepare but also really tasty!
- 2-3 tatlı biber (sweet green peppers)
- 1 soğan (onion) medium sized
- 2 domates (tomatoes) medium sized
- 2 yumurta (eggs) medium sized
- tuz (salt), pul biber (red pepper flakes), tatlı kırmızı toz biber (sweet red pepper)
- ayçiçeği yağı (sunflower oil) for cooking
- Cut the peppers, onions and tomatoes into little pieces. Then put the sunflower oil in a pre-heated pan and first add the green peppers and roast them a few minutes, then add the onions and a few minutes later the tomatoes. The ingredients have to be fried for about 10 to 15 minutes in a closed pan until the tomatoes are soft. If the tomatoes are not juicy enough you should add some water.
- After the tomatoes got soft you can add the spices and the eggs. Mix the eggs and spices carefully in the pan and maybe 2 minutes after putting them, the menemen is ready to be served. You should not let the eggs stay too long in the pan, the consistence is supposed to be quiet creamy.
- A variation could also be to add kaşar peynir (yellow cheese) or beyaz peynir (feta cheese). And as an addition you may also put domates salçası (tomato paste) to make the tomato taste and the color more intensive.
Have fun while trying the recipe. If you have questions, comments, or if you want to share your own experiences just leave a comment.
I hope you will enjoy the Turkish breakfast culture just like me!
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