Food in Turkey – Turkish Cuisine

 

When people think of Turkish food (Mugfagi) they think of Kebabs. But Turkey has an amazing array of foods on offer to tourists and locals alike. Turkish cuisine has survived and stood the test of time for approx 1300 years utilising fresh supplies, fruit, vegetables herbs and spices, from the Mediterranean climate dating back to Ottoman times.

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Turkish food can be simple or exotic but always tasty. Soup (Corba) is served daily, mostly before a meal but also at breakfast time, spicy lentil being the most popular so if you are offered soup for breakfast don’t be alarmed its quite normal.

There are a wide variety of Kebabs, in Turkey a Kebab is not just an open piece of bread filled with meat. Each region has its own speciality, sis, doner, alanazik, tandir and many more, most will be lamb based and if you are lucky served with thick creamy yoghurt. Why not ask the locals what their speciality is, I am sure they will be more than happy to talk to you with passion.

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Let me tell you about another staple in Turkey. Borek, no not the Galatasaray footballer(thats another passion of Turkey which we will get to later). The Borek I am speaking of is thinly rolled paper thin pastry known as YUFKA. Borek can be wrapped with various savoury fillings from cheese, meat, spinach, potatoes and vegetable. Light and crisp and just the job for an afternoon snack.

The one thing that adorns every Turkish table at every meal is bread (Ekmek). Bread is baked fresh every morning for breakfast, every lunchtime and afternoon and is simply delicious. No preservatives and many varieties from whole wheat, leavened flat bread, balloon bread the perfect accompaniment to any meal.

Turkey has so much to offer be it sweet, savoury, hot or cold but always fresh and homemade. Come and try some of the delights on offer.

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Turkey Holidays with Boat Trip

Living in Fethiye and being married to a Sea Captain allows me to give you a great insight into daily boat trips.

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Fethiye, Oludeniz and Calis all cater for the sea worshippers amongst you each one has a large array of boats operating from May until October. In Fethiye it is a great sight to see the boats all lined up bobbing in the water waiting for their customers.

Whether you have chosen Small Bays or 12 Islands you will need plenty of Sun Cream and a towel. NOW time to find a spot to claim as my own, sit back relax, the wind in my hair and spray on my face.

We arrive at the first bay and told there is a 45 minute stop. Plenty of time to jump in the water and cool off. Most boats will have “noodles” for those not so confident in the water, goggles and snorkels to enable those of us that wish to look for buried treasure. I found a trilby once and insisted on wearing it for the rest of the trip. Looking back it probably wasn’t a good idea.

The barbeque is fired up and the smell of cooking coming from the galley is mouth watering. After our swim off we go again to the next bay where we eat lunch of salad, chicken, pasta and fish. Full to the brim the sails are unfurled and a lie down is called for whilst the boat glides along rocking from side to side like a giant cradle. In all we stop at around four bays having plenty of time to explore.

By the end of the day I guarantee a satisfying exhausted feeling of being on the water all day. Time to go home and wash the salt from my body and spend the next 30 minutes trying to get a brush through my hair. Happy Sailing!