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Basking in Turkey: “Baskin” & a Turkish Meal

Turkey was one of my favourite trips.  Not only was the trip the first one with my boyfriend, but it was filled with such variety: busy cities, historical ruins, relaxing days on the sea, and adventure.  I loved learning about Turkey’s many different cultures and religions, meeting so many nice people and of course, eating Turkish food!  When I look through this gallery, I still cannot get over the variety of food I ate on this trip – I don’t think I had the same meal twice!

We were so inspired by the food we had in Turkey that we made our own Turkish breakfast.

View from Hotel Bella, Selcuk, Turkey

Breakfast view from Hotel Bella, Selcuk, Turkey

While Turkey is beautiful, the country has a dark side too.  The country’s past is filled with many bloody conquests, wars and sieges as the land was overturned by various cultures and religions.  The powerful Ottoman empire ruled Turkey for the longest period from the 14th right up to (in various forms) the 20th century and it was during World War I that the Ottoman government committed ethnic cleansing against their Greek, Assyrian and Armenian citizens.  It wasn’t until 1922 after the Turkish War of Independence that monarchy was finally abolished, and the modern Republic of Turkey was established in 1923.  Since the formation of the modern State of Turkey, the Kurds have accused the Turkish government of suppressing their identity and mistreatment.  This has resulted in many revolts, uprisings and an ongoing Kurdish-Turkish conflict that is present to this day.  Political protests are common in Taksim Square in Istanbul, and along with Kurdish rights, groups have also protested for women’s rights, LGBT rights, freedom of the press, freedom from torture and other human rights violations.

Police brutality has been the subject of many recent protests, and is explored in the Turkish horror film Baskin, which I reviewed after seeing the movie at the Toronto Film Festival.

"Baskin" Property of Film Colony, Mo Film, XYZ Films

“Baskin” Property of Film Colony, Mo Film, XYZ Films

While the state of Turkish politics makes me really sad, I want to remember all the amazing experiences I had while visiting this fascinating country, and keep trying to make more delicious Turkish food at home.  More to come!

A Turkish Breakfast

After eating delicious Turkish breakfasts for two weeks, when we returned home we started to go through withdrawal.  So we decided to make our own!

Below is a photo of the breakfast spread we were treated to every day – can you handle all this goodness?  Fresh, healthy and filling, a Turkish breakfast is the best way to kick start your day.  I love the relaxed nature of the spread – every day I would assemble something different.  Should I make a little tomato and cheese sandwich today?  Meat and cucumber?  How about everything?  And olives!  So many olives.

Homemade Turkish breakfast

Homemade Turkish breakfast

My boyfriend and I attempted our version of a Turkish breakfast, complete with Turkish coffee and an Ottoman trivet!  I think this is going to become a regular weekend breakfast treat.  So easy to put together and this breakfast kept us going all day on a busy Saturday until dinnertime.  I love how we brought some of Turkey back home with us.

Homemade Turkish breakfast

Homemade Turkish breakfast

Turkish Breakfast

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Turkish Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 2 boiled eggs
  • Espresso or Turkish coffee
  • 1/4 of a cucumber sliced into 8 slices
  • 1 hot house tomato sliced into 8 slices
  • 8 slices of cured meat (salami, soppressata)
  • *optional: Turkish white cheese sliced into 4 slices
  • 1/2 cup of granola
  • 4 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 strawberries or other fresh fruit, sliced into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons dried fruit such as raisins or apricots
  • 2 teaspoons raw or buckwheat honey
  • 8 olives - any variety
  • 2 fresh buns, sliced in half
  • Jam
  • Tahini or sunflower butter
  • Fresh juice (mango, cherry, apricot)

Instructions

  1. Prepare espresso or Turkish coffee.
  2. Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover them with cool water by 1 inch.
  3. Bring water to a boil over medium heat.
  4. When the water has reached a boil, cover and remove from heat. Let stand 12 minutes. Place in egg holders.
  5. Slice cucumber, tomato, cured meat & cheese and divide between two serving plates.
  6. Divide granola into two small bowls. Top each bowl with 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt, 8 slices of strawberries, 1 tablespoon of dried fruit and a teaspoon of honey.
  7. Place one bun on each plate.
  8. Divide olives into two small bowls and place one on each plate.
  9. Serve along with jam, tahini, juice and coffee.
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