janet @ the taste space

Announcing AWED – Turkey for August 2010

In Events/Round-Ups on August 1, 2010 at 5:48 AM

It is my pleasure to host AWED this month, featuring the lovely Turkish cuisine. A Worldly Epicurean Delight (AWED) was created by DK at Chef in You to explore and delve into a different cuisine from around the world each month. This month I take us to Turkey.

I knew nothing of Turkish cuisine before I went to Turkey for a vacation earlier this year. I was mesmerized by the food – it was delicious. I have already recreated a few dishes since my return. 🙂

Turkey is unique as it spans two continents and variety is the main feature of Turkish cuisine. Like other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, mezes (or small appetizers) are common. Main meals commonly include ingredients like eggplant, bell peppers, tomatoes, okra, squash and cucumbers. Dried fruit like figs and apricots as well as nuts like hazelnuts and pistachios are common in main dishes as well as desserts. Yogurt is also very prominent in Turkish dishes.

Fresh produce is key to create such a vibrant cuisine and depending where you are in Turkey will have a different feel to its cuisine, whether it be from the spicy East or the fish from Northern Turkey or the sweet oranges from Fethiye in the South.

I encourage you to check out and be awed by the delightful Turkish cuisine.

To participate in AWED-Turkey, please create and photograph a vegetarian Turkish dish, linking this announcement and DK’s AWED page by August 31. Email me at saveur11 AT yahoo DOT ca with your name, your entry’s name and url along with a photograph of your dish. You may submit as many entries as you like.

Here are some Turkish cuisine resources to get you started:

More about Turkish cuisine:

From Wikipedia
From All about Turkey
From Turizm

Turkish recipes:

Regional Recipes Turkey Round-Up

Mainly Turkish food blogs:

Almost Turkish Recipes
Binnur’s Turkish Cookbook
Hayriye’s Turkish Food and Recipes
My Turkish Kitchen
Turkish Cuisine
Turkish Food Passion
Yelda’s Kitchen


  1. God Turkish food has to be one of my favorite cuisines EVER. I will definitely be taking part in this!

  2. Never cooked Turkish recipes before, but will surely participate, that way I will learn Turkish recipes 🙂

  3. Hi,
    Iam new to ur blog ! very interesting event going on….since iam an ardent fan of Turkish cuisine, would love to take part in ur event. Are archived posts allowed ?

  4. I would like to participate in this month’s AWED. I don’t have a blog of my own and I would like to send you the recipe and the pics. Which is the best way to participate? Can I send a word doc with pics attached.
    Your email id also doesn’t seem to work…the mail bounced back.

  5. Hi Saveur…nice event…would love to participate!!!

    • Hi Anshu, It would be wonderful if you could join us. I see we both love Turkish cuisine. 🙂 Feel free to email me about your Turkish meals.

  6. Have just picked up a few books on cuisine relating to the region. would love to send in my entries too!

  7. hi saveur..first time here..luved ur space ,wud like to participate in this event,lemme know if im still in and have turkish bakhlava in my archieves ,lemme know if i can send u..thanx,glad to follow u 🙂
    cheers ,sonal.

    • Hi Sonal,
      I’d love to have you join AWED.
      Link your archived post back to the event and send me an email with the details. it is definitely not too late to participate. 🙂

  8. […] am happy to send this soup to the AWED – Turkey event, hosted this month by the blog: The Taste Space. AWED (A Worldly Epicurean Delight) is a monthly event created by DK from the blog Chef in You […]

  9. hi saveur

    just sent u mail ..hope u recvd it.

  10. Hey, i hope you accept late entries..cause i am going to send some right now.

  11. […] am so excited to share all these tasty Turkish treats that were submitted as part of AWED. Turkish cuisine is so varied, with everything from delicious appetizers, to flavourful main dishes […]

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