Did you know that you can find wild asparagus in Turkey? I couldn’t believe that either, but when I visited Cappadocia I found it! When the asparagus season started in Germany I read many recipes on blogs and really wanted to eat it. But in Istanbul it was very hard to find fresh and local asparagus. But when I found it in the nature I was thrilled and almost couldn’t stop looking for it.
The ‘ultimative Veihnachtsmenü’ (vegan Christmas menu) is a project arranged by five bloggers. Each blogger will prepare one course of this Christmas menu composed of salad, soup, appetizer, main course and dessert.
The mercimek çorbası is one of the most common soups in Turkey, you can find it in almost every restaurant and it’s typically served as the starter of a meal. When I have leftovers I also eat the soup for the breakfast. Especially in the rainy days of autumn it is a comforting and warming meal.
For vegetarians and vegans lentils are a great source of protein and a healthy food. They are also rich in essential amino acids, dietary fiber, B vitamins and minerals and they provide a good amount of iron. I have many good reasons to cook my recipe of the Turkish lentil soup.
At my last market visit I bought, among other things, fresh spinach. I was curious to prepare it right away, so I looked for a tasty and easy to prepare spinach recipe and soon I decided to cook a Turkish spinach soup the same evening. At first I was a little skeptical about using yoghurt and egg for a soup, but the result was delicious.