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and some grrreat! recipes...
and to the Adana 'kitchen', in particular
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The Regional 'Food Kitchens' of Turkey
Note: A version of the article below by Jim and Perihan Masters first appeared
on the eStart website...
The international community may believe that Turkish food has a single national 'character'. And the ever-polite native Turk might even defer to that judgment, in public. But in private, he acknowledges at least fifteen distinctive, regional varieties of his food -- referring to them as 'kitchens' (mutfaklar). These distinctive 'kitchens' represent the provinces of Adana, A
Let's have a brief look at them one at a time, shall we...?
|The Turkish 'Food Kitchens' -- Adana|
This southern Mediterranean coastal province is not just famous for its 'food kitchen', of course. It's also notable as one of Turkey's more prosperous regions -- deriving its wealth naturally from the agricultural produce of the Çukurova Plain. And, its namesake capital is Turkey's fourth largest city, at just over a million in population.
Nestled neatly on the banks of the Seyhan River, Adana is surrounded by gardens and citrus groves -- that give it a relaxed "country in the city" feeling. An ancient legend says that Adanos, son of the god Uranus, founded it originally. But another (more 'historically verifiable') source identifies it with the Hittite king Asitawadda, sometime around 1000 BC. And if you doubt such an early origin, there's always the stone bridge south of the main boulevard that was built over the Seyhan River during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD) -- which is still in use.
Much more recently,
yogurt, ayran, cheese, and milk itself.
The people of this region have a passion for spicy hot food. By far its best-known dish is the namesake Adana Kebab -- a hot, grilled meat specialty. And when the cooking of it begins, guests gather round the 'mangal' grill to engage in pleasant conversation.
Adana Kebab -- simple, spicy, scrumptious
Ingredients -- Per serving
200 gr of fresh lamb meat
20 gr of lamb tail fat
plenty of black pepper
salt, to taste
spicy green peppers
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