full disclosure: I know this pic isn’t appetizing but, every burgeoning cook should know, don’t judge a dish by its appearance!
I just got back from the most wonderful life-changing family vacation to Turkey. We traveled to a couple different cities to were able to fully experience and appreciate the different cultures each one has to offer. And, while I had never really been a big fan of Turkish food, we relished in the most succulent chicken and lamb shish kabobs I’ve ever tasted. Of course the rice and dried fruits and Turkish delight and Hallavah and Baklavah all held their own too but, we literally couldn’t get through a day without feasting on some form of “shish”. Additionally, we indulged in fresh Turkish bread, Pide [Pee-day}. This bread is usually cooked on premise in hot clay ovens. It's baked on special cookery rocks that can withstand high temperatures. The rocks absorb moisture, giving the bread a crisp base and chewy texture. Imagine an unlimited supply of fresh homemade bread straight from a hot stone oven. Now imagine slathering that fresh hot bread with a plateful of the celebrated Turkish meze (flavorful snacks) that adorn every meal. [Read more...]