by Radamel on 11/03/08 at 7:20 am
The stories of lokum, baklava, and kadayif.
Have you ever tasted delicious Turkish delights. I don’t think so because most of the you here lives outside Turkey. I claim that most of you are not aware of those delights. I have tasted many tasty delights of other countries since I am interested in other nation’s cuisine. However, they are not as delicious as Turkish ones. Those delights in the following list are my favorite ones.
Lokum is called as “Turkish delight” in other European countries. It is mainly made from sugar and starch. However, in some lokum kinds, it is flavored with lemon, rosewater, cinnamon and mint. Lokums are generally white, yellow and pink. I prefer to taste the pink one because it is mixed with rosewater.Lokums with rosewater smell like roses.Because of it’s ingredients,lokum is soft and sticky.
Baklava is a heritage from Ottoman Empire cuisine to Turkish cuisine.In Ottoman Empire,Baklava was made in big palaces of the Empire.It was made especially in Topkapi Palace in Istanbul where the sultans of Ottoman Empire stayed.So,Baklava is not only delicious but also a historical significance.The main ingredients of Baklava is walnut and pistachio.After being cooked,it is sweetened with it’s syrup.
The main ingredients of Kadayif are sugar,butter,hazelnut,water and lemon.Kadayif is first cooked and then mixed with it’s syrup.After being prepared,it is served cool.Kadayif is the main delight of Ramadan and Muslim’s bairams.In patisseries,kadayif is served with ice-cream.