Anatolia has been the host of many civilizations such as Lycians and Hittites and lastly has been the host of Turks, who immigrated from Central Asia. The culture of nomadic Turks combined with the settled culture of Romans and blended with Egypt, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Balcans and the Aegean to make up today’s Turkish culture. Naturally this multi-cultured framework shapes life and art in Turkey.
Eating plays an important role in Turkish peoples’ lives. Especially dinner is a social occasion where all family members enjoy being together and have a chat. The oldest member starts the meal, others are to follow and so show their respect. Everybody must be considerate and respectful.
Dishes are generally cooked in liquid thereby eliminating the necessity to use sauces.Meat, grains and vegetables are cooked in the same pot, enhancing the flavor and taste of the dish, lid of the pot closed. Dolmas-stuffed vegetables have a great part in Turkish Cuisine. Vine leaves, peppers, eggplants, mackerel and mussel may be stuffed.
This tour option gives you the opportunity to taste the best of Turkish Cuisine as well as visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Goreme Open Air Museum in one day.
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Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel at 10:00 and first drive you to one of the local markets in Cappadocia (except Tuesday and Thursday) and you will get some ingredients for what you are going to cook for yourself. We will then take you to a local house to start preparing the delicious food. Firstly, you will learn how to cook the most famous soup in Turkey: lentil soup.Lentil is grown in Turkey and it has become the most popular soup in Turkey for centuries and it offers really a very good taste. While your lentil soup is being cooked, you will start the process of cooking Karniyarik (riven belly). Eggplant plays a very important role in Turkish Cuisine and Karniyarik is one of the most delicious recipes with it. Karniyarik is a meal consisting of eggplant stuffed with a mix of chopped onions, garlic, black pepper, tomatoes, parsley and ground meat.
The next meal will be Sarma which is also very famous in Turkey. Sarma can be described as stuffed vine leaves cooked with olive oil. You will learn the tricks on choosing good vine leaves and rolling techniques from our local woman who keeps surprising you. This will probably be the most interesting and enjoyable part on your tour. While we are in the local market, we will get some fresh fruits as our dessert. Finally, our local woman will offer you some Turkish Coffee. Even though Turkey have no coffee at all, the way we are preparing made its own culture and it started to be called as “Turkish Coffee“. You will learn how to make it and also the traditions of drinking a coffee and history of it.
After this great experience, we will drive you to Goreme Open Air Museum. Cappadocia has been a very important Christian center starting from 2nd century and Goreme Open Air Museum is the best place to observe this. We will visit the best protected churches in Cappadocia dating between 08th and 13th centuries. Our guide will explain the history of Christianity, frescoes and monastic life in Cappadocia. The Dark Church which has an extra entrance fee will also be included on your tour.
The tour will end around 4:30pm and we will drop you off to your hotel. The rate for this tour will be 85 Euro per person including your guide, transportation to / from your hotel, admission fees and the meal. The rate for a single person will be 125 Euro per person.
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