delights of turkey

 

cooking in turkeyEating in Turkey is as much about social interaction as it is sustenance. In the late afternoon you will see cafes filled with cake lovers enjoying a sweet session of pogaca (buns), syrup-drenched lokma (fritters), or 40-layer baklava. It’s believed that food and drink sustain the body and the spirit, and as Intrepid’s Rachel Wasser discovered, dining with local friends is definitely an uplifting experience…

“On the Cairo to Istanbul trip, we had the opportunity to have dinner in a family’s home in Cappadocia. The whole evening was amazing. We sat on cushions on the floor in a stone cavern-type room. The kids were doing their homework, the wife was cooking and the husband was stoking the fire and serving the meal. We were able to sample some homemade wine and the meal that followed was incredible!

We started with a salad and moved on to the most delicious soup I have ever tasted. Our host continuously pulled hot bread out of the oven and kept our glasses full. The main course was perfect; although I was so full by this point that I couldn’t cram much more in!

After the main meal, during a wickedly sweet dessert, the family came out and put on some traditional music. The baby and father danced and played the spoons. We then were lucky enough to get a tour of the house – a huge old wooden structure complete with antique details that transported you back in time. The evening concluded with thank yous and heartfelt goodbyes. You could see the pride in our lovely hosts’ faces that they had fed us well, and for us it was one of those real life experiences and delicious feasts that we’ll never forget.”

If you’d love to enjoy a taste of Turkey at home, you can try making this delicious and surprisingly easy Turkish Delight recipe.

Tour Turkey with Intrepid on trips like these great small group adventures:
Turkish Delights – 15 days
Turkey Family Adventure – 8 days

* photo by Gill Brodie – Intrepid Photography Competition

 

About the author

Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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