Turkish Fast Food

Since I have been in Turkey, I have been eating more “Home Cooking” than anything else. The food available in restaurants is dramatically different that food cooked in the home. Well, today we found ourselves in one of the many malls in Ankara. Which means one thing: FOOD COURT.

Well after perusing the options, aka, figuring out what everything was, I decided on Kumpir. Kumpir is a large baked potato of which the inside is mashed and mixed with a little cheese. Then there are topping to chose, such as; corn, peas, pickles, sausage, olives, black and green. Then there are condiments, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, Russian dressing, hot sauce, chili peppers, and yogurt. It is very tasty! Look at it! It is practically oozing deliciousness!

Bülent was craving a Kumru Sandwich, which was also very tasty. A Kumru Sandwich has cheese, sucuk (pronounced as sujuk, a spicy sausage) and tomato. It is served with cucumber pickles, hot pickled pepper and along with ketchup and mayonnaise.

All in all, a very good trip to the mall.

Sensitive Meatballs

The reason I may have a second ass.

Or maybe a third!

İçli Köfte translates two ways –stuffed meatballs or sensitive meatballs. It is kind of a joke that the meatball is sensitive when you ask for translation. I guess it gets lost in translation. It must be really funny though because his whole family busts into laughter when we call it sensitive meatballs.
Well let me give you the real deal…MMMMMMMMMMM. That about covers it. SO GOOD. Seasoned meat in a buttery wheat covering. SOO SOO GOOD! The food here is amazing. The other day we went out for kebab, so I am thinking, OK here comes some meat on a stick. I was wrong.
First we sit down, then come the meze…the appetizers.
onion and parsley salad
grilled onion salad
a salsa like, salad fresca
another tomoto based salad (cooked)
plate of arugula
fresh lavash bread
small lahmacuen (think pizza, more spices and meat, less sauce…and way better)
Then comes the Adana Kebab —a mix of chopped up lamb and spices cooked on a shish (metal skewer) over coals.
While we are eating that with the various condiments chopisis comes over, small tender pieces of lamb also cooked on a shish
Last But not least, barbecued back ribs (lamb as well)
Amazing, followed by home made semolina halva and tea.
Tea needs its own explanation
–Tea is served everywhere and all the time. In fact, if you stay in the same spot long enough anywhere in Turkey you may end up with a cup of çay (tea) in your hand. Or if you walk slow enough. No one asks you, it is automatically there–in your hand. Almost like oxygen in your lungs.