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Man Oh Man! Eggs

Today I have a simple egg recipe that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Menemen is a town in Izmir and the egg recipe may have originated from there but everywhere in Turkey Menemen style of eggs are much loved.

To make eggs for two you will need:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 large Capsicum
  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 3 tomatoes

Chop the onions finely is small cubes and stir fry them in a pan with a little vegetable oil.  Add the finely chooped capsicum.  Scramble the eggs and mix with the chopped tomatoes in a bowl and then add this to the pan to stir fry.  The eggs are ready when they have cooked to your liking.

Voila!  Simple, nutritious, and filling!

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The Infidel Mountain Salad

‘Gavur Dagi” Salad, or as it translates to English ‘Infidel Mountain Salad’, as ridiculous as it sounds is actually a very delicious, fresh, nutritious and detoxifying salad containing plenty of parsley, which is excellent for our detox organ, the liver.

As for the origin of the name, I can only ponder that the salad comes from the eastern region of Turkey, where Mount Ararat (in Turkish Agri Mountain)is located.  This region with the controversial mountain had plenty of Armenian residents of the Orthodox Christian faith.  As it’s customary in countries with a predominant religion, those who were not of the 99% Muslim population were ousted as the ‘Infidels’. 

Putting aside the history, the controversy, the conflicts I think everybody in Turkey unifies on the fact that this salad is delicious.  There may be different versions of the recipe but this one I’m going to give is tested and approved in Sydney by my circle of friends.  This recipe serves 6

Ingredients:

*Plenty of Parsley

*1 White Onion

*6 Tomatoes

*3 Cucumbers

*1 Capsicum

*1 Pomegrenate

*Some Crushed Walnuts

*Olive Oil

*Balsamic Vinegar

The trick to making this salad tasty is mincing the ingredients as finely as you can.  When you finely chop the fresh vegetables you’re ensuring that you unlock their full flavours and the complementing flavours can intermingle in the salad.  The chopped ingredients come together to form the uniform taste of the marvellous salad. 

Sprinkle olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dressing.

It is ironic that these different vegetables can come together to synergise in such a burst of flavour yet we as people, with similar flavours, colours and shared history still fail to be uniform in some parts of the world, not saying where I mean exactly but you get the gist.