The Turkish Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Turkiye to the EU, Mr. Faruk Kaymakci, organized an event at his residence in Brussels to present the rich and varied Turkish breakfast to his guests.
In his Twitter post, he noted: "There is nothing like breakfast! As a diplomat, I have traveled and tasted many cuisines, but I have never seen such a delicious, rich, and healthy breakfast. Our journalist guests also share the opinion that it is a privilege to start the day with Turkish breakfast.”
Sunday was World Breakfast Day, courtesy of Turkey which declared the occasion several years ago to promote its rich cuisine. Several activities were held across the world to mark the day. For Turks, kahvalti (breakfast) happens every single day of the week, and it's just as much a ritual on Wednesday as it is on Sunday.
A traditional Turkish breakfast is diverse and includes a variety of dishes. A typical serving consists of cheese (beyaz peynir, kaşar, etc.), butter, olives, eggs, muhammara, tomatoes, cucumbers, jam, honey, kaymak, sucuk (a spicy Turkish meat similar to sausages), pastırma, börek, simit, poğaça, açma, fried dough (known as pişi), and soups. In Turkey, soups are also eaten as a morning meal. A specialty dish for breakfast is called menemen, which is prepared with tomatoes, green peppers, onion, olive oil, and eggs. The breakfast menu can also include kuymak (depending on the province, this dish is also known as muhlama, mıhlama, and yağlaş). The Turkish word for breakfast, kahvaltı, means "before coffee".