The recipes of our adopted country’s kitchen are rich with vegetables, olive oil, flavorings and use only small amounts of meat. You’ve heard of the Mediterranean diet? That’s it.
One simple, but bursting-with-flavor meal is ‘menemen’ (pronounced something like ‘many men!’). I sometimes joke with my classes that menemen is my favorite Turkish food – a joke they understand once I write ‘many men’ on the board. It is similar to scrambled eggs but full of veggies and more flavorful. It is usually eaten for breakfast but it is hearty enough for another meal and is good for a hot summer day since its preparation doesn’t heat up the kitchen too much. The recipe can be adapted; feel free to use less or leave out the onions or add sliced olives. If you don’t have pepper paste, no problem! You could also add crumbled bacon or pieces of ham, although that would be ‘haram’ (forbidden) in a Muslim country.