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    Dear friends, today i am going to introduce a legendary dish from turkey , called as menemen (also melemen ) a simple egg fry with vegatables and some spicy but what makes it legendary is easiness to prepare and save people starving in hunger .

    Ingredients (serves 4):
    8 eggs
    6 medium/large tomatoes, peeled and chopped into small chunks
    6 long green peppers cut into small chunks (our host uses one or two sliced blazingly hot green chilli peppers as well, but bravery is required for this version). Bell peppers can be used if you can’t find long slender ones.
    2 finely sliced white onions (This optional, if its added the menemen will become a main dish rather than a breakfast appetitizer odd indeed)
    Half a cup of olive oil (or any replacement )
    Salt and pepper to taste (local seasonings might be added)

    Preparation:
    Beat the eggs in a bowl and add a little salt and pepper

    Warm the olive oil in a large pan, then lightly fry the onions and peppers without browning. After about 2 minutes add the chopped tomatoes. Cook the mixture until all the veggies are really nice and soft (around 7-8 minutes), and the juice has been reduced by about half.

    Pour on the eggs and stir continually until it begins to firm. At this point, you can become adventurous and extend the boundaries of ‘menemen’ by adding some extra exotica (see below) should you wish. The resulting masterpiece should be firm and juicy, not dry.

    Season with salt and pepper.

    Serve immediately with fresh bread – the ideal accompaniment to mop it up.

    Possible additions:
    Menemen is such a wonderful base dish, you can add in all manner of things to take the flavour in a variety of directions. It may upset the purists, but feel free to ignore them and mix things up a little. To play with the dish’s texture and taste, you could add any of the below:
    Some flat leaf parsley, coriander, oregano, feta cheese, and some meaty stuff such as sucuk (Turkish sausage), pastrami, salami, parma ham. (credits to http://www.petersommer.com/turkey-tr...atoes-peppers/)

    Some pictures ;





    This food is quite modular like futuristic add on war machines Just add anything ,any spice , and sauce and make your own way to menemen . Again to call it, it is men-e-men (man-e-man)
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    Re: A simple but legendary Turkish meal ; Menemen

    Looks delicious.

    My possible addition would be to add some of this......

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkling View Post
    Looks delicious.

    My possible addition would be to add some of this......

    Already in but we know Pakistani,Indian,Bangladeshi tastes,you guys make a nuclear men-e-men.
    Btw,it doesnt taste the same here in Europe as it does in Turkiye(nothing does).

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    Re: A simple but legendary Turkish meal ; Menemen

    [MENTION=9412]isoo[/MENTION] do you do your own cooking brother?

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    [MENTION=9412]isoo[/MENTION] do you do your own cooking brother?
    Yes , i do my cooking when i am in the mood Menemen can be cooked by everyone,doesnt need any special skills
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-123456 View Post
    Already in but we know Pakistani,Indian,Bangladeshi tastes,you guys make a nuclear men-e-men.
    Btw,it doesnt taste the same here in Europe as it does in Turkiye(nothing does).
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    Re: A simple but legendary Turkish meal ; Menemen

    Looks good to me looking to visit Turkey and tasting some of this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hariz View Post
    Looks good to me looking to visit Turkey and tasting some of this
    Welcome brother we have plenty of local dish , but it might not be spicy as much as yours and you may judge as tasteless So come with your spices and sauces
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    Re: A simple but legendary Turkish meal ; Menemen

    Quote Originally Posted by isoo View Post
    Dear friends, today i am going to introduce a legendary dish from turkey , called as menemen (also melemen ) a simple egg fry with vegatables and some spicy but what makes it legendary is easiness to prepare and save people starving in hunger .

    Ingredients (serves 4):
    8 eggs
    6 medium/large tomatoes, peeled and chopped into small chunks
    6 long green peppers cut into small chunks (our host uses one or two sliced blazingly hot green chilli peppers as well, but bravery is required for this version). Bell peppers can be used if you can’t find long slender ones.
    2 finely sliced white onions (This optional, if its added the menemen will become a main dish rather than a breakfast appetitizer odd indeed)
    Half a cup of olive oil (or any replacement )
    Salt and pepper to taste (local seasonings might be added)

    Preparation:
    Beat the eggs in a bowl and add a little salt and pepper

    Warm the olive oil in a large pan, then lightly fry the onions and peppers without browning. After about 2 minutes add the chopped tomatoes. Cook the mixture until all the veggies are really nice and soft (around 7-8 minutes), and the juice has been reduced by about half.

    Pour on the eggs and stir continually until it begins to firm. At this point, you can become adventurous and extend the boundaries of ‘menemen’ by adding some extra exotica (see below) should you wish. The resulting masterpiece should be firm and juicy, not dry.

    Season with salt and pepper.

    Serve immediately with fresh bread – the ideal accompaniment to mop it up.

    Possible additions:
    Menemen is such a wonderful base dish, you can add in all manner of things to take the flavour in a variety of directions. It may upset the purists, but feel free to ignore them and mix things up a little. To play with the dish’s texture and taste, you could add any of the below:
    Some flat leaf parsley, coriander, oregano, feta cheese, and some meaty stuff such as sucuk (Turkish sausage), pastrami, salami, parma ham. (credits to http://www.petersommer.com/turkey-tr...atoes-peppers/)

    Some pictures ;





    This food is quite modular like futuristic add on war machines Just add anything ,any spice , and sauce and make your own way to menemen . Again to call it, it is men-e-men (man-e-man)
    Made my mouth water. A great share. Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-123456 View Post
    Already in but we know Pakistani,Indian,Bangladeshi tastes,you guys make a nuclear men-e-men.
    Btw,it doesnt taste the same here in Europe as it does in Turkiye(nothing does).
    Domates biber yollıyımmı
    got tomatoes ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by isoo View Post
    Domates biber yollıyımmı
    got tomatoes ?
    Fark etmiyor,hepsi var ve Turkiyeden gelme(doesnt matter we have everything coming from Turkiye).
    Yumurtalarin tadi yok(the eggs have no taste here).
    Havasindanmi suyundanmi anlamadim.

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    [MENTION=9412]isoo[/MENTION] bro I thought you guys were famous for your kebabs?

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    [MENTION=4047]Fassi[/MENTION] kebabs are just general impression created by tourists ,thanks to simplicity to prepare and cook the sellers also abused that . We have different foods varies in regions . Blacksea is famous with butter , corn flour bread , fish (hamsi ) , and many other. Aegean is more seafood ,and vegetables, eastern more into lamb fat , meat ,southerns also somehow into vegies with meat. While there are lots of unique traditional food which are not served in restaurant.

    Unfortunately the real tastes are hidden in villages New restaurants hesitate to cook such traditional food because they worry about profit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-123456 View Post
    Fark etmiyor,hepsi var ve Turkiyeden gelme(doesnt matter we have everything coming from Turkiye).
    Yumurtalarin tadi yok(the eggs have no taste here).
    Havasindanmi suyundanmi anlamadim.
    Tavuk yollayalım bakalım havasından mı . Belkii tavuğun canı sıkkındır.
    Take a chichken from here, lets see is if because the place or the chicken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by isoo View Post
    Tavuk yollayalım bakalım havasından mı . Belkii tavuğun canı sıkkındır.
    Take a chichken from here, lets see is if because the place or the chicken.
    Tamam,ama koey(village) tavugu koyde kesilmis olacak,yoksa buradan gitme olur.

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    Re: A simple but legendary Turkish meal ; Menemen

    Quote Originally Posted by isoo View Post
    Yes , i do my cooking when i am in the mood Menemen can be cooked by everyone,doesnt need any special skills

    Share some more when you get chance
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khanda View Post
    Share some more when you get chance
    Sure will do

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    Quote Originally Posted by isoo View Post
    [MENTION=4047]Fassi[/MENTION] kebabs are just general impression created by tourists ,thanks to simplicity to prepare and cook the sellers also abused that . We have different foods varies in regions . Blacksea is famous with butter , corn flour bread , fish (hamsi ) , and many other. Aegean is more seafood ,and vegetables, eastern more into lamb fat , meat ,southerns also somehow into vegies with meat. While there are lots of unique traditional food which are not served in restaurant.

    Unfortunately the real tastes are hidden in villages New restaurants hesitate to cook such traditional food because they worry about profit.
    lols I love the kebabs
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    Some foods from my kitchen

    Omlette with cheese
    Seasonal vegetable meal with some sucuk meat
    Pizza (dough also handmade)

    As a bonus , the dessert got the 1st degree in competition, has no name
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    With block chocolate, chestnut sweeties (traditional in turkey ) and creme with liquor ( one plate only ) . Chestnut n creme rolled into real chocolate cate with handmade sourcherry sauce
    [MENTION=2139]Khanda[/MENTION] [MENTION=4047]Fassi[/MENTION]
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    Re: A simple but legendary Turkish meal ; Menemen

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    Some foods from my kitchen

    Omlette with cheese
    Seasonal vegetable meal with some sucuk meat
    Pizza (dough also handmade)

    As a bonus , the dessert got the 1st degree in competition, has no name
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    With block chocolate, chestnut sweeties (traditional in turkey ) and creme with liquor ( one plate only ) . Chestnut n creme rolled into real chocolate cate with handmade sourcherry sauce
    [MENTION=2139]Khanda[/MENTION] [MENTION=4047]Fassi[/MENTION]
    man you getting me hungry lols
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