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A Virtual Tour of Turkey: Essential Information About The Country of Turkey, Along with a Recipe for Dolma for Lagniappe

by Good Advice Publishing Company on 16/02/12 at 4:40 pm

This article provides an overview of Turkey – the country, the culture, the people, and a recipe. It was prepared by Christina Read while an Accounting major in the College of Business at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.

  • Travel Information

Here are essential pieces of info that travelers to Turkey will want to know about where to go, what to see, and/or how to stay safe while there:
1.    In order to enter Turkey, travelers from the United States must have a passport and a visa.  Visas can be purchased at the entrance to Turkey and are renewable in three month increments.  However, if you have arrived via cruise ship and are not staying overnight, then you may freely enter the country.
2.    The biggest threats to tourists inside Turkey is the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK).  The website for the department of state suggests they will be targeting tourists in urban areas.
3.    Although Turkey does have more freedoms of speech and freedoms of religion than its neighboring Middle Eastern countries, active religious expression may lead to arrest and imprisonment.   The Department of State has also noticed increased anti-Semitic and anti-Christian activity in the urban areas.

 

Recipe Information

Dolma (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
First, here are the ingredients you will need for preparing Dolma:

Ingredient

Quantity

Olive Oil 1 tablespoon
Onions, Minced 2 cups
Uncooked White Rice 1 ½ cups
Tomato Paste 2 tablespoons
Dried Dates 2 tablespoons
Pine Nuts 2 tablespoons
Ground Cinnamon 1 tablespoon
Dried Mint 1 tablespoon
Dried Dill Weed 1 tablespoon
Ground Allspice 1 teaspoon
Ground Cumin 1 teaspoon
Grape Leaves, Drained and Rinsed 1 (16 ounce) jar

 

Next, here are step-by-step instructions for preparing Dolma:

Step

Action

1

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Throw in onions and sauté until tender.  Stir in rice and pour in just enough hot water to cover the rice.  Cover the pan and simmer until the rice is half cooked or about 10 minutes.  

2

Remove from the heat and stir in the tomato paste, dates, pine nuts, cinnamon, mint leaves, dill weed, allspice and cumin.  Let mixture cool.

3

Rinse grape leaves in warm water; drain and cut off any stems.  Place about 1 tablespoon of the cooled rice mixture in the center of a leaf.  Fold in the sides and then roll into a cigar shape. Place the rolled leaf into a prepared pot.  Repeat with remaining ingredients.

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A Bromley

Feb 16th, 2012

Another very interesting article. I’ve taken a couple a arm chair vacations to Turkey. There is a lot to be said for Turkey; the Country, that is. The other just leaves me feeling stuffed and lazy. I enjoyed your article.

AndyB

May 4th, 2012

I would hate to live in Turkey right now especially because of the Syrian unrest. I didn’t know that the divide between Asia and Europe was in Turkey. Grape leaves are, hands down, my favorite middle eastern food. I love the flavors of the leaves and the stuffing. Absolutely delicious. I could probably eat them every day and never tire of them. Great info, thanks for the project!

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