Start Your Day The Turkish Way

Wednesday September 26, 2012

By Elizabeth Taviloglu, Guide for Turkish Food

Are you looking for new, light and healthy ways to start your day? How about giving Turkish breakfast a try?

Turkish breakfast is a tradition and an important part of the country's culinary culture and daily life.

But if you choose to eat breakfast the Turkish way, you'll have to be willing to give up certain things, like sugary donuts and pastries, bacon and breakfast sausage, pancakes and waffles and even your favorite latte!

Try Turkish black chai with a lump of sugar instead. Next, pick up a loaf of freshly, baked warm white bread from the bakery, slice it up and spread it with sweet butter and homemade preserves like fig, rose petal, raspberry and apricot.

Choose chunks of Feta and kashkaval cheese and nibble on peeled fresh tomatoes and cucumbers drizzled with olive oil. And in between bites, sample black and green olives and top it off with a hard-boiled egg or two.

If you want a leisurely Sunday morning breakfast, add eggs cooked with Turkish sausage called "sucuk" (soo-JOOK'), slices of sesame helva, and tahini mixed with "pekmez," a type of Turkish molasses made from grapes.

If all this sounds delicious to you, read my latest article about Turkish breakfast.

Here are some other articles with information about Turkish breakfast:

Turkish Tea and Coffee Culture

Regional Variations of Turkish Cuisine

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