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Like the Turkish coffee or Raki, “Turkish delight” is one of the original delicacies of Turkey. The candy, which dates back to the time of the Ottoman sultans, is one of the oldest sweets in the world. Turkish delight has already made its way into the famous novel series “The Chronicles of Narnia”. The White Witch had offered Edmun Pevensie a “magical” Turkish delight which had him “addicted”. ORIGINS OF TURKISH DELIGHT The Turkish word for Turkish delight is “Lokum”. The word “lokum” comes from the Turkish term for “bite-size”. And this is exactly what applies to the sweet: it...

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Dolma is among the most popular Mediterranean dishes. Greeks, Sicilians, Maltese, Lebanese, Egyptians and the Cypriots would all argue that the recipe is theirs in origin however in reality, just like habits, life styles and all other common features shared among the people of the Mediterranean, this delicious dish is a combination of flavours from different parts of the region and belongs to the whole region. However the names dolma and sarma are definitely Turkish. The literal translation or word to word meaning of Dolma is “filling” and sarma is “wrapping” in Turkish language. We don’t want to upset our dear friends but the Greek word...

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Mevlana Cifci has been cooking kebabs of all kinds in Auburn. His busy trattoria-style eatery featured classic Turkish staples such as kuru fasulye(butter-bean soup on rice) & pilav, mushroom sauté and aubergine roast as well as iskender, shish and doner kebabs. The authentic flavours and Mevlana’s hospitality combined created a fan-following and even Turkish families would leave their Turkish kitchens back at home to eat at Mevlana’s Auburn joint. King Kebab house is a popular spot for after-hour dining About 18 months ago, Mevlana started a new venture leaving the Auburn eatery. He opened a kebab shop on the busy...

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In these days of chilly autumn we recommend you the traditional Turkish lentil soup! The lentil soup is the staple soup served in almost all Turkish restaurants and is eaten with two or three drops of lemon. The Turkish name is “mercimek çorbasi“. INGREDIENTS 250g red lentils 1 onion or 2 small cloves garlic 1 carrot 1 table spoon tomato puree (or 2 fresh tomatoes) 1 tea spoon paprika 1 tea spoon turmeric (optional) 1 tea spoon cumin salt and pepper to your taste some fresh coriander for garnish PREPARATION Chop the onion and carrot. Cook in some olive oil...

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Lavash bread is a puffy bread usually served as an appetizer in restaurants throughout Turkey. Lavash is also popular in Azerbaijan, Iran, Armenia and Kashmir. INGREDIENTS 2 cups of flour 1 cup warm water 1 table spoon of sugar 1 table spoon of dried yeast (or instant yeast) Half table spoon of salt PREPARATION Put one cup offlour in a mixing bowl, mix with sugar, water and yeast. Slowly add flour and water to your mixture to ensure the mixture is a little hard and not sticking to your hands. Once done, let your mixture rest for half an hour....

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