Citizens, you may not be aware that one of the all-time finest breakfast meals – a variant of poached eggs – hails from the proud and ancient country of Turkey!
Çılbır (pronounced “chilber”) is one of my favorite comfort dishes. The perfect harmony of eggs, yogurt,herbs and spices is simply delicious!
As documented in Marianna Yerasimos’ “500 Hundred Years of Ottoman Cuisine”, çılbır was a staple recipe in the palace kitchen of the Ottoman Sultans, so there’s no need for discussion over how fantastic it is!
The Ottoman Sultans dined in the most elaborate of fashions, sparing no expense to enjoy the most rarefied and delicious of recipes! Many of these dishes are still made today but some will never be sampled again due to unavailability of ingredients no longer found or simply due to the tremendous expense!
The influence of Ottoman cuisine remains felt across much of Europe, especially southeastern Europe and other countries where the Ottomans held a firm political grip over more than five centuries!
For you though, Citizens of TFD Nation – at least this one dish from the court of the Sultans remains firmly within your reach! 🙂
Battle on – The Generalissimo