The Turkish Cuisine
The turkish kitchen is together with China, Italy and France among the 4 best in the world. With a long history and many traditions, the turkish cuisine has developed into many directions, with a lot of variations. Besides being varied the turkish cuisine is healthy because its based on vegetables and the famous turkish olive oil. The “Mezes” are most probably the most famous meals and are small dishes served as appetizers. The mezes are most often vegetarian, or sea-food dishes and all very delicious prepared, serving both the eye and the appetite and one is often more than full when its time for the main dish. Fish and Sea-food are important elements in the turkish cuisine and are served either steamed or fried. Many Kebabs from different regions of Turkey, served with youghurt and pide ( fresh baked bread from stone owen) are all delicious and worth trying out.
On board a gület you are sure to get well prepared and fresh food . The “chefs” on board are excellent. You can choose to let the “chef” decide the menu or you can participate in the planning, shopping and preparing of the food. For sure you will get inspired.
If you want to have “a hand” on the menu, below web-sites and cook- book titles can be of inspiration.
“ The Sultan’s kitchen” from Ozcan Ozan ( Amzon.com)
“Secrets of the turkish kitchen” from Angie Mitchel.
The national drink in Turkey is RAKI, which is quite similar to the greek OUZO, but its not as sweet as the “greek brother”. People often drink RAKI as aperitive or together with fish and seafood. EFES is the biggest brand in beers and taste really good. The wine culture in Turkey is young, even though Turkey is among the 4 biggest grape producers of the world. The quality of the Turkish wine has increased amazingly the last 15 years, but if you are just a little critical in your choise of wine, we recommend you to agree with the chef on board, what wine you want or you go and buy the wine yourself. Doluca and Kavalklidere are the biggest wine producers in Turkey. Their wine is “ value for money” and can be bought in most supermarkets and small grocers. In the last years quite a few “wineries” popped up in Turkey. If you have an interest in wine, you can do a little research and order wine from those wine –yards.
Below web sites can be of inspiration if you want to do a little research on the turkish wines.