TRADITIONAL TURKISH VEGETARIAN VILLAGE STYLE
HOME GROWN FOOD

Come, give us a taste of your quality – William Shakespeare

Aubergine with tomatoes on a potato base - truly yummy Mushroom sote Stuffed Peppers mmmm

Traditional Turkish vegetarian village style meals – simple but nutritious and tasty – mostly home or locally grown and organic.

The food at Spectrum Turkey is simple village-style Turkish food which is delicous, tasty and healthy.  Traditional Turkish food is at the centre of our philosophy using home grown food (fruit & veg) and many local organic market gardener ingredients eg a local farm makes butter, yoghurt, tomato puree, pepper puree and even their own stock for soup.  Our menus are drawn from Turkey’s rich culinary traditions and centuries-old village food preparation methods. We dine alfresco, with views of the surrounding mountains and sky at night – perfect 🙂

The food:

A typical evening menu at the Spectrum

  • Home-made lentil soup served with fresh bread
  • Mixed Salad
  • Haydari – yoghurt with mint &/or garlic and occasionally cheese too
  • Selection of vegetable dishes such as stuffed peppers or aubergines, mushroom sote, green beans cooked in a tomato based sauce
  • Rice, potatoes or pasta
  • Fresh Fruit from the garden or locally grown

Group bookings generally include 5 vegetarian 4 course evening meals plus breakfast every day (fish and chicken are available on request if given enough notice – supplements are charged). We can also provide a lunch menu of traditional Turkish food, healthy snacks and toasties throughout the day or additional evening meals – an optional extra is to eat with a local Turkish family, Turkish style ie sitting on the floor eating from a sini (a large Turkish tray filled with a selection of dishes). Teas & instant coffees plus water are included in your holiday – we also have facilities where you can make your own teas and coffee, or help yourself to cold water.  Soft drinks from the fridge are available on a trust basis ie you write it on your individual tab.  Fresh juice and a cup of filter coffee, for those who need their caffeine fix, is included at breakfast.

Optional extras: cafe latte, espresso, cafetieres etc, smoothies, soft drinks, home-made lemonade, Ayran (yoghurt drink), fresh orange and pomegranate juice, wine, beer and spirits.

VEGETARIANS SAVE THE PLANET – Anyway back to the subject FOOD!  Click here for recipes or check out our blogs, ask about our Turkish Cookery Lessons and see if the cookery book is finished yet!

Discover for yourself how our fruit trees are growing and transforming throughout the season in addition to checking out the vegetable garden.  You will also be very welcome to visit a local farm where Joanne & Tom lived for many years where you might see them making their own tomato puree (or a mixture of tomato and red pepper puree), drying red chillies in the sun which they will turn into chilli flakes (an important ingredient to create the delicious thick red lentil soup – Mercimek corbasi) a favourite of most guests. Mezeler (starters) is the collective name given to a wide range of small dishes ie green peppers stuffed with rice raisins and pine nuts (biber dolmasi), cheese filled pastry rolls (sigara boregi), baked stuffed aubergine (imam bayildi).

Special diets can be catered for wherever possible, we are happy to offer wheat, gluten and dairy free meals – as standard we make chickpea flour pancakes, hazelnut, almond or rice milk. Many meat eaters are surprised how delicious meals can be without needing to include meat, they always comment on how enjoying our meals are.

A typical Turkish breakfast at Spectrum Turkey consists of: freshly-baked breads, tahini (sesame paste mixed with honey), local honey, yoghurt, home-made muesli using oats with dried fruit, nuts and seeds, fresh fruit, locally produced jam, eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta & other cheeses, olives and a hot savoury dish such as borek (pastries – filled with spinach and cheese for example), “eggy” bread or Turkish style scrambled eggs (with tomatoes, peppers, onions) plus teas, instant coffees or herbal teas, spring water, freshly squeezed juice or a cup of filter coffee.

For further information about traditional Turkish food click here

“The food was beyond sublime, it was difficult to return to the UK and eat the local fare as nothing compares!  An added bonus was the swimming pool being perfect for a non- swimmer ie it wasn’t too deep and had steps rather than a ladder. 

Ian, Financial Management Consultant, South Wales

“Bliss what better place to eat such delicious food my mouth still waters at the memory of the taste of the home grown vegetables and those tomatoes mmm!  The environment was perfect, such stunning scenery during the day and night ………..”

Emma, Theatre Technician, London