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Turkish Delight



  • Turkish Delight
  • Turkish delight, lokum or in arabic called rahat’ul hulkum means “troat comfort” is a family of confections based on a gel of starch and sugar. Premium varieties consist largely of chopped dates, pistachios, and hazelnuts or walnuts bound by the gel. Traditional varieties are mostly flavored with rosewater, mastic, bergamot orange or lemon. The confection is often packaged and eaten in small cubes dusted with icing sugar, copra or powdered cream of tartar, to prevent clinging. Other common flavors include cinnaman and mint.
    Instead of lokum was known in Anatolia from XV. century, first time it was produced in big quantities and introduced to Europe by Haci Bekir. Hac─▒ Bekir open his confectionery shop in Bahcekap─▒, Eminonu 1777, and the company still operates under the founder's name.



Baklava



  • Baklava
  • Baklava is characteristic of the Ottoman Empire cuisines. It is prepared with many layers of dough in large pans. To prevent layers of dough to adhere applied melted butter and vegetable oil between dough layers. During arranging of layers of dough, one, two or three layers of chopped wallnut or mainly pistachio added between layers of dough and sometimes added on top also. Before baking the dough is cut into regular pieces : Triangles, diamonds or rectangles shapes. After baking about half hour syrup is poured over the cooked baklava and allowed to soak in.
    Gaziantep, the southeast city of Turkey is famous for its pistachio baklava and it regards itself as the native city for this dish. Baklava usually is served at room temperature. In many parts of Turkey, baklava is often topped with kaymak, or in the summer time with ice cream.



Spices



  • Spices
  • Spice is a seed, fruit, root, bark, berry, bud or other vegetable substance primarily used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food. Because of spices have strong flavors and are used in small quantities, spices tend to add few calories to food. Even though many spices, especially those made from seeds, contain high portions of fat, protein, and carbohydrate. Many spices, can contribute significant portions of micronutrients to the diet. Many spices have antimicrobial properties. This may explain why spices are more commonly used in warmer climates, which have more infectious diseases, and why the use of spices is prominent in meat, which is particularly susceptible to spoiling. A spice may be available in several forms: fresh, whole dried, or pre-ground dried. Generally, spices are dried. A whole dried spice has the longest shelf life, so it can be purchased and stored in larger amounts.
    Spices are sometimes used in medicene, religious rituals cosmetics or perfume production, or as a vegetable.



Turkish Carpet



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Jewelry



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Ceramics



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Leather



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Silk



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Mosaic Lamp



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Nargile



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