Ever since I can remember when ever I went to a party, event or someone’s home one of the first questions my father would ask was, “what did they serve”? I’m sure he is not the only one interested and fascinated by the different meals throughout my trip, so I’ve shared some of them below.

Also I realized I never addressed that typically tables are set with forks and spoons, it is very rare to see a knife on the table. And bread is served with EVERY meal.

As a guest, you should have an empty stomach but being a foreigner AND a guest you better come hungry because dishes after dishes will appear, and Turks do not take no for an answer.

 

1

BREAKFAST
Homemade peach jam, homemade butter, homemade blackberry jam, honey, plate full of fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers, black olives, green olives, assortment of nuts, and three different types of white cheese.

 

2

AFTERNOON SNACK
Lentil soup, börek, sarma (stuffed grape leaves), baklava.

 

3

BREAKFAST
Bread, soup, black olives, köfte and peppers, plate of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, stuffed peppers, white cheese, halva. Not pictured is the tea, it was still brewing and the bowl of sugar is for the tea.

 

1

DINNER
Salad, sarma, baklava, bread and lentil soup soon to come.

 

1

BREAKFAST
Sugar, yörsan labne (similar to cream cheese), spicy tomato paste, spicy olive salad, plate of fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers, sarma, homemade fig jam, homemade rose hip jam, black olives, green olives, two types of white cheese, baklava, halva and a bread filled with meat and spices.

 

1

AFTERNOON SNACK
Sarma, yogurt, salad, tomato based noodle soup, and kadayif sarmasi dessert.

 

1

BREAKFAST
Salami like meat, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, sarma, spicy tomato paste, spicy olive salad, black olives, green olives, two types of cheeses, halva, homemade rose hip jam, homemade fig jam and bread.

 

2

AFTERNOON SNACK
Spicy tomato based orzo soup, salad, bread and orange soda. (Turks LOVE orange soda).