Here they are: the Turkish Breakfast Essentials

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Today's topic is the Turkish breakfast as you could understand from the title!

Breakfast is an essential meal for Turkish people; breakfast is served in many restaurants in the country. We, Turks especially love to have breakfast chatting with our friends and loved ones. Hence the aim of the Turkish breakfast is not only to eat but to socialize.

Cheese, olive, jam, honey, cream, butter, tomato, cucumber, dried fruits, sausage egg, bagel, pastry.... There may be many foods such as sweet and savory on a typical Turkish breakfast table.

Regardless of everything, there is always tea for Turkish breakfast; breakfast without tea is unthinkable for us. We have no habit of drinking coffee as we wake up in the morning. Instead, when we get up in the morning, we first brew tea. Turkish tea is made in a container called "demlik" and left to brew there. Tea is drunk throughout breakfast.

Turkish recipes that I want to share with you. You are always welcomed to come

and visit our beautiful country. However, until the time pandemic is over, we are working hard to bring the Turkish breakfast to your own kitchen. Below you will find the most preferred Turkish Breakfast Essentials; if you have any further questions about the recipes then just write to us, we will be happy to help you. Furthermore, I invite you all to share your experiences of trying these recipes on your social media accounts with the hashtag #travel2food.

If you are ready, then let's start with our first recipe Mıhlama.

1) Cut the bread, let the tea brew; it’s time for Mıhlama!

Known also as Kuymak or Muhlama, Mıhlama is one of the most famous flavors of Black Sea cuisine. It will add color and a delicious taste to your breakfasts with its Trabzon cheese and fragrant butter; it is so easy to prepare it with a few ingredients. Here is the original Turkish recipe for Mıhlama with all its stages; enjoy it!

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients: Note that this list is formed for a service of four people.

  • 2 spoonful of butter

  • 2 tablespoons of cornmeal

  • 1 glass of water OR 1 glass of milk

  • 1 glass of Trabzon cheese*

*Mıhlama is getting its delicious flavor from Trabzon cheese. However, you can also use string or cheddar cheese. After finding the right ingredients and applying the recipe correctly, you can prepare your own Mıhalama at home and turn your breakfast table into a feast.

Here are the five steps to cook Mıhlama:

  1. Place the butter into the saucepan. Melt it over low heat until it boils.

  2. Add cornflour little by little and start roasting the cornflour with a wooden spoon.

  3. When the cornmeal turns color, add the water.

  4. Add the Trabzon cheese that you cut as a wire to the cornflour that swells in boiling water and stir them.

  5. Cooking on low heat, see if the butter goes up to the surface. If so your Mıhlama is ready so that turn of the oven and serve it hot, without waiting, so that the butter does not freeze.

Chef's advice: Preparing your Mıhlama, it would be better to feel the rhythm of the Black Sea. Check the following video out, close your eyes, and feel yourself cooking Mıhlama in evergreen plateaus of the Black Sea with its traditional music called Horon.

2) Turkish Omelette: Menemen

Menemen is one of the best plates of Turkish breakfasts and the friend of sleepless nights.

You can also easily cook Menemen with cheese, sausage, or any other ingredients as you wish in only 15 minutes. Below I am sharing the original Turkish recipe for Menemen:

Ingredients: Note that this list is formed for a service of four people.

  • 4 chili peppers

  • 4 tomatoes

  • 1/2 onion (strongly recommended but you can cook without onion as well)

  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper

Here are the five steps to cook Menemen:

  1. Put the olive oil in a deep pan with a non-stick bottom and fry the finely chopped onion until it turns pink.

  2. Then add the peppers and continue roasting.

  3. When the peppers start to fade, add the chopped tomatoes, cover, and cook until the tomatoes are soft, about 10 minutes will be enough.

  4. Finally, add the finely chopped spring onions, and when the color of the onions fade, break the eggs and mix.

  5. Stir until the eggs are cooked, then cover the heat and serve it hot. Enjoy!

Chef's advice: You can also service it by finely chopped parsley.

A source of discussion: With or Without Onion!

When Turks are asked if the Menemen is cooked with onion or not, 56.3% of them stated them Menemen would not be the Menemen without onion whereas 43,7% of them believe that onion is needless inside of a Menemen. Even if no consensus can be reached on this issue yet, the final choice is yours. Personally, I am one of those onion-lovers.

3) A soft, sweet, butter scented Katmer recipe

Katmer is one of the indispensable tastes of Turkish cuisine. Even though its preparation is a little troublesome, it will be worth all your tiredness while you are enjoying your Katmer with a glass of tea. If you want to try this delight that will blow your mind with its exquisite appearance and taste, here is the recipe ...

Ingredients: Note that this list is formed for the service of four people.

  • 1 glass of warm milk

  • 1.5 teaspoons of salt

  • A teaspoon of dry yeast

  • 8 glass of flour

  • Two spoonfuls of butter (melted)

  • Two spoons of oil

  • 2 spoonful of butter

  • Half a glass of bran

Here are the seven steps to cook Katmer:

  1. Mix the water, milk, and yeast in a bowl.

  2. Add flour, bran, and salt, knead well and let it rest for 15 minutes.

  3. When your dough is leavened, take small pieces from the dough and give them the meringues-liked shape and then roll each of them out like a plate.

  4. For mortar, mix the olive oil and sugar in a bowl.

  5. Take 1 spoon of mortar from the stuffing you have prepared and fill it into the dough you have rolled before. Repeat this until the mortar is finished.

  6. Then thin the dough by pulling it from the edges and roll it into a roll and wrap it on its own.

  7. Then cook it in a serving plate-sized pan and grease it on both sides. This step should be quick.

Chef's advice: You can also serve it with grape juice.

Enjoy it!

As you are done with breakfast, it's then Turkish coffee time!

Before the coffee is brewed, the drinker is asked how he or she drinks it. No sugar is added to plain coffee. Low sugar coffee 1 teaspoon sugar, medium sugar coffee 2 teaspoons sugar.

- For every cup of coffee in the pot; Put a cup of water, 2 teaspoons of coffee, and sugar.

- Mix well, place the coffee pot on low heat and slowly bring to a boil.

- The heavier the coffee is prepared, the more delicious it is.

- When it starts to boil, distribute the foam formed on top of the cups, boil again and distribute the rest to the cups.

- Coffee is then served in a distinctive Turkish coffee cup. Enjoy it!

We are not done yet! As you drank your coffee, it's now time to read the coffee cup in order to interpret the future!

If you are interested in the Turkish style of fortune-telling, I suggest you watch the following video and thus learn more about Turkish coffee culture.

Please share your thoughts about this tradition; we are looking forward to hearing from you!

We talked a lot about breakfast today; we are full, right? 🙃 I hope you enjoyed the Turkish style breakfast! There are still many recipes that I need to share with you! First, try today's recipes and then be ready for more!

From here, I send my greetings to every corner of my beautiful country; you are amazing!

Afiyet olsun, and see you soon!

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