Thursday, August 13, 2015

Turkish Breakfast is always a good idea!

How about starting your day with an amazing Turkish breakfast?

Turkish breakfast is both a meal and an event. In any case, it’s an unmissable experience on any trip to Istanbul.

A classic Turkish breakfast, better known as 'kahvaltı' consists of fresh cheeses like feta,  black and green olives, fresh-baked white bread, black and/or green olives, fruit preserves, honey, kaymak, mihlama, börek, fried egg with sucuk,sliced tomatoes and/or cucumbers, jam  and plenty of brewed black tea served in Turkish tea glasses.

Highlights of Turkish Breakfast: 

1- Fried eggs with sucuk -  A Turkish breakfast favorite is sucuk cooked on a pan mostly with eggs (sucuklu yumurta). Sucuk is dried sausage made of ground beef with garlic and a variety of spices like red pepper, cumin and sumac. It may be somewhat spicy and fatty, but it sure is awfully delicious.

2- Simit -  Simit  is a circular bread with a hole in the center, covered with sesame seeds. You can buy simit at bakeries across Turkey, as well as from street sellers in the mornings.   

3- Börek -  Börek is a dish made with yufka, a dough much like phyllo pastry. Inside the layers of yufka you'll find a display of Turkish creativity: from minced meat to eggplant, cheese to potatoes, börek comes with various fillings each designed to give you a different experience. 

4- Mıhlama - A quintessential Black Sea dish made with butter, corn flour and cheese; can be eaten any meal of the day...

5- Bal/ Kaymak - There is nothing more decadent than a bite of bal kaymak (honey and cream). Kaymak is clotted cream, scraped off the top of fresh milk and refrigerated. Because nothing here is ever done half-heartedly, Turks spread kaymak on a slice of bread - and on top of that, a layer of honey.

Olives (zeytin) -  Black zeytin range from small, luscious oil-cured to rather dry, too-salty ones. Green olives are flavorful but tart, sometimes bitter, and rarely stuffed with pimiento.

7-  Menemen - Turkish style scrambled eggs with tomatoes, cheese and sliced green peppers..