Soups

My attempt at a mini Turkish Breakfast – inspired from my trip in Cyprus!

After coming back from sunny Cyprus not only did I miss the lovely weather and beautiful surroundings, but the daily breakfast/brunch that we had each morning that was always served with soup first, then extras such as eggs, pasta, salads and of course, Turkish tea and home-made jams! (can view my travel log here!)

So I tried to re-create my own Turkish breakfast by making lentil soup (recipe link) and having my first go at Turkish tea!

prep1

For my Turkish tea, as the soup was being made. I used the lower half of my Turkish tea set to boil up some water.

Once boiling, you then add the water to the little pot on top and place them together so the heat from the bottom pot heats up the smaller one – if that makes sense.

For my tea infusion, I used 1 teabag of Yorkshire tea, 1 teabag of Oolong, 1 small cinnamon stick and 2-3 cardamons. And for my first go, it came out rather nice! The cinnamon overpowered the tea a little so next time I will use much less cinnamon.

 

tea

 

my Turkish tea

For the rest of the breakfast I set the table with a quick salad, olives, some jams (no I didn’t make them but hoping to in the future!) and some bread that was toasted in the oven and some bread also cut into pieces and made into croutons for the soup – Cyprus style!

breaky

My Turkish breakfast!

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Simple and quick Turkish Lentil Soup Recipe – Mercimek çorbası

After the festive time of Eid, thinking it’s all over until next year. More family members ended up visiting us here in the countryside where it made Eid – part 2. So on with the major cooking!

For that reason, I took the opportunity to do some more Video Tutorials, this time, Turkish Lentil Soup – Mercimek Corbasi. Recipe inspired from my mother.
 My own Video Tutorial – Link

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of orange split lentils
  • 1/2 cup plain white rice
  • 2 chicken stock cubes – or better still, our own chicken stock
  • 2 medium onions
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt & pepper & sprinkle of cayenne pepper
  • Optional: strips of chicken – added at the boiling stage.

Cooking time: 20-30mins Great for when you have guests!

Method:

  1. First start by filling up a medium saucepan with boiling water and place on high heat.
  2. Once boiling, add your 2 chicken stock cubes and stir until they dissolve. (If you are using your own chicken stock, follow step 1).
  3. If you are adding your chicken strip, add now.
  4. Next add your 1 cup of washed orange split lentils and stir. Leave to boil until the soup has turned into a yellow colour and the lentils are cooked through until soft.
  5. While the lentils are boiling, chop your 2 onions finely and add into a frying pan on medium heat with cooking oil.
  6. Fry your onions for roughly about 5-10minutes until golden.
  7. Meanwhile, once your lentils are soft and cooked, add your 1.2 cup of washed plain white rice and boil for a further 10minutes until rice is cooked through.
  8. By now, the onions should be fried till golden. Once the rice is cooked, add your onions and stir.
  9. Finally, add your lemon juice, 1 tbsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper and sprinkle of cayenne pepper, or until taste.
  10. Stir and serve hot!

Enjoy!

Lovely for a winter’s evening

 

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