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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Classic Turkish Breakfast

(Klasik Turk Kahvaltisi)

Classic Turkish Breakfast
Breakfast is very important in Turkish cuisine and has a rich variety. Butter, cheese (Beyaz Peynir, Kashar, Tulum etc..) black or green olives, eggs; soft or hard-boiled, honey, marmalade or recel (recel is different than marmalade, fruits are preserved as they are in recel, they are not mashed as in marmalade).

Other items in a classic Turkish Breakfast are contain Tarhana Soup, which is great for winter mornings, as is Tahini & Grape Molasses. Also Sujuk (Turkish Sausage, seasoned with garlic and spices), Pastirma (similar to prosciutto or pastrami, also seasoned with garlic and spices), Borek, and other pastries, Turkish scrambled eggs (menemen) are very popular. Weekends especially are a good time to gather the family around and have it brunch-style. We love to have conversations while eating every meal, and there is no rush to leave sofra (dining table). Our wildly large cuisine's gift to us is having long, lovely sofra basi muhabbeti (chat) :)

I hope you will enjoy our style of breakfast as much as we do.... Afiyet olsun (that means Hearty Appetite). More Turkish Breakfast Ideas!

In Turkish, breakfast is called “kahvaltı”. It originates from two words of “kahve altı” which literally means “under coffee” or “before coffee”. So, it is time to drink first Turkish Coffee of the day:)

-Turkish Tea
-Soft or hard-boiled eggs, sizzled with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle some oregano and red pepper on top, or have it plain:)
-Stuffed or regular green olives
-Black Turkish olives in extra virgin olive oil, a little bit of lemon juice, some oregano and crushed red pepper on top
-Feta cheese (Beyaz Peynir), plain or some sizzled olive oil on top
-Homemade Jam & Marmalade
-Cubanelle Pepper, washed
-Red Pepper, washed
-Tomato, washed and sliced
-Cucumber, washed and sliced
-Pide or Turkish Rustic Bread or Turkish-style Breakfast Buns.



At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lovely post, Binnur, I'd like a Turkish breakfast!

At 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yummy! Reminds me of breakfasts in Istanbul - definitely worth getting up for!!
All the best, Binnur, from Joan in Milan

At 11:16 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Labelga, please join us for the weekend breakfast:)

Hi Joan,
I didn't know you visited Istanbul! Then you already know all the different parts of a Turkish Breakfast:) Everything is so seasonal and so is definitely worth getting up for it:)

At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba and congratulations on an outstanding site. Great recipes, great instructions = great dishes!
Here in the NY City area, as Turkish restaurants proliferate, there seems to be no availability of simit. So... question: any idea where one can get simit in this part of the country (surely a Turkish breakfast/brunch is incomplete without simit...) Thanks and keep up the GREAT work.

At 8:09 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

A truly shibby breakfast indeed! Looks fabu!
I tried your spinach cake and loved it btw! I then adapted it for peas and made it into a cupcake for a yummy dessert.

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:) You can get simit from - they have a great
selection of Turkish food.

At 10:23 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Garret,
Thank you:) I just visited your site, you have so many great recipes and I loved the little green cup cakes...great idea:) Soon I'll try it for myself:)

At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmmm yummy yummy :) i miss our Breakfasts ! Thank god My husband and my son have no problem about having Turkish style Breakfast,the only problem is having enough time to prepare...

with Love From Italy (or should i say Russia? :)

At 9:44 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sevgili Esra,
Where are you, in Italy or Russia:) Where ever we are, it's always so
nice to start a new lovely day with Turkish Breakfast isn't it......

At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,

Do you have a recipe for Turkish pizza (Lahmacun)? If you do could you please e-mail to me.

At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I apologize I left you a comment about Lahmacun and I forgot to leave you my e-mail address here it is:

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks fabulous! Breakfast is the one thing I really miss the most. My husband's family lives in Rize and they have bee hives so we had fresh honey on our toast in the mornings besides the other items you have pictured. Delicious.

At 4:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so pleased to have found this site Binnur we live in Fethiye area for six months each year.Earlyish retirement. We love Turkish food and being the family chef for my wife and myself its good to have use of these genuine receipes.
Being an old devil just wanted to say Koy Kahvalt is good at home but for those not able due to being away. If you come to Fethiye area we have two wonderful places we use nearly every sunday one on the beach under shady trees all homemade produce including sheep milk yogurt. The other is a "posh" restaurant they serve buffet style again fabulous range of all parts of the Khavakti. 360 view of the bay of Fethiye. Both very good value. Hope this brings a smile to some and maybe a fond tear.

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Merhaba what an amazing site binnur.
I have visited turkey many times and also lived there for a time also. All over turkey. I need your help. I used to have this bread. They made it in front of us in the oven. Came out ling and puffy I used to poke my fork inside to make it go flat. I have been been craving this bread but also the dip they made. Oh delicious. I dont remember the name tho white quite thick with green bits inside. Any ideas?? Sorry im mot more detailed. But I need this bread and dip so badly

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

What is the stuff people crumbles over toast or bread with butter, name is something like "KESH", around the Black Sea region?

At 9:04 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Bulent,
It is called keş or kurut depending on the region. It's hard çökelek cheese made from strained yogurt:)

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Donna D,
Thank you:) It is called "balloon bread" (balon ekmek).

At 2:04 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you Binnur.


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