I am back to blogging after a break. This month I am guest hosting Juile's "Flavors of Cuisines - Turkish". I thank Julie of Erivum Puliyum" for giving this opportunity. As we know Julie has a wonderful space and her space is loaded with lots of flavors. Please do visit her.
According to Wikipedia,
Turkish cuisine (Turkish: Türk mutfağı) is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. Turkish cuisine has in turn influenced those and other neighbouring cuisines, including those of Western Europe. The Ottomans fused various culinary traditions of their realm with influences from Middle Eastern cuisines, along with traditional Turkic elements from Central Asia (such as yogurt), creating a vast array of specialities—many with strong regional associations.
Turkish cuisine varies across the country. The cooking of Istanbul, Bursa, Izmir, and rest of the Aegean region inherits many elements of Ottoman court cuisine, with a lighter use of spices, a preference for rice over bulgur, and a wider use of seafoods. The cuisine of the Black Sea Region uses fish extensively, especially the Black Sea anchovy (hamsi), has been influenced by Balkan and Slavic cuisine, and includes maize dishes. The cuisine of the southeast—Urfa, Gaziantep and Adana—is famous for its kebabs, mezes and dough-based desserts such as baklava, kadayıf and künefe (kanafeh).
Especially in the western parts of Turkey, where olive trees grow abundantly, olive oil is the major type of oil used for cooking. The cuisines of the Aegean, Marmara and Mediterranean regions are rich in vegetables, herbs, and fish. Central Anatolia has many famous specialties, such as keşkek (kashkak), mantı (especially from Kayseri) and gözleme.
Frequently used ingredients in Turkish specialties include: lamb, beef, chicken, fish, eggplants, green peppers, onions, garlic, lentils, beans, and tomatoes. Nuts, especially pistachios, chestnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts, together with spices, have a special place in Turkish cuisine, and are used extensively in desserts or eaten separately. Preferred spices and herbs include parsley, cumin, black pepper, paprika, mint, oregano, pul biber (red pepper), allspice, and thyme.
So dear friends let us cook Turkish food this month.
The event rules are as follows-
1.The event runs for the period of one month(1st August - 31st August 2013)
2.The theme for each month is "Turkish".It can vary from starter,main dish ,side dish,soup,dessert or any other recipes,sweet or savory anything but strictly from that particular cuisine with the same ingredients & spices.No modifications or fusions or alterations is accepted.
3.Bloggers and Non bloggers can participate.Bloggers can link their recipes using the linky tool.Bloggers who find it difficult or find some problem to link can also send & Non-bloggers can send in their recipes to my mail (email@example.com) with the following details-
Pic of the Dish
4.Recipe must be linked to this announcement page and to Julie's event announcement page/Julie's page .
5.You can link both Veg & Non Veg recipes.
6.Send in any number of entries.You can link in two old or archived posts.No need to repost the post just add the link & logo.
7.Usage of logo is appreciated for all entries as it would help spread the word.
Also,I would like to give the following awards to the eligible participants-Participation Award to all ,Best Non veg Recipe award(based on the authenticity, health effectiveness & presentation),Best Veg Recipe award(based on the authenticity, health effectiveness & presentation) & Top Contributor Award.