Eating Around the Globe: Turkey

It’s Sunday morning and that means time for a rich breakfast!

Fatma hIMG_0805as invited me to her apartment to have a traditional Turkish breakfast together.
She lives in the same student dorm and on the same floor as I am, so I don’t even have to put on shoes to go there ^^

She is an Erasmus student from the university of Ankara, where she studies sociology. She has a very sweet, warm and open character and I feel particularly comfortable talking with her. It’s funny how our conversations always flow towards cultural and linguistic topics. “Do you believe that once, all people in the world spoke the same language?”

We are cooking menemen, a Turkish speciality which includes fried tomatoes, eggs and onions. There are many possible varieties of this dish: you can add other vegetables and season it the way you likIMG_0813e. I have to admit: in contrast to this attractive plate, our common Belgian breakfast -consisting of bread with cheese or jam- seems quite boring. The average Belgian never cooks in the morning. Eggs for breakfast? Only on very special occasions and holidays (quite sad, isn’t it? 🙂 ) She explains to me that she doesn’t cook every morning, but in her family they like to do it on Sunday mornings, when they have the time. A quick breakfast on other days consists of bread with some cheese, olives or sucuk, a spicy kind of sausage.

And of course, no Turkish breakfast without tea!
Whereas we, Belgians, love our ‘kopje koffie’ 🙂 (=cup of coffee), they prefer a nice hot cup of black tea to start their day. Did you know that the Turkish word for ‘breakfast’ kahvaltı literally means ‘before coffee’?IMG_0820

This is the recipe for menemen (2 persons). It’s really easy to make and so delicious!

YouIMG_0810IMG_0811 will need:

1 small onion
2 tomatoes
3 green peppers (you can buy them in a Turkish supermarket)
1/2 red pepper (paprika)
2 eggs
sunflower oil
spicy paprika/chili mix

IMG_0818This is how you make it:

Chop up all the vegetables.
Put some sunflower oil in your saucepan and fry the onions, green and red peppers together.
Add the tomatoes.
When the tomatoes have become soft and juicy, add in the eggs and stir.
Season with a pinch of salt and the spicy mix.

Or you can add more of the spicy mix and the salt if you like it very tasty, like Fatma 🙂
“I always add too much of it!” she says, laughing, “I think it’s so delicious!”

And there you have it! A lovely and easy authentic Turkish dish.


Or in Turkish: Afiyet olsun!

-Lien & Fatma


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