Turkey: Mosaics, Turkish Delight, & Camel Fights
Do you want to know more about Turkey? I've compiled all you will need to locate Turkey on a map, cook an Turkish meal, watch YouTube clips on Turkey, color the flag, create an Turkish craft, read a book about Turkey, and more! This is part of a fun series of lessons covering world geography. You can find the links for all the countries at Around the World in 26 Letters.
I have not been to Turkey yet. Have you?
Where is Turkey?
Locate Turkey on this map of Europe. Use this map of Turkey to label the capitol, Ankara. Mark other relevant features (rivers, mountains, famous locations, etc.) if desired. If you'd like to spend a bit more time researching the country, you can add the language, currency, type of government, religion, and/or famous landmarks. Write them on the back of the map. You can easily find all this information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey.
The Black Sea coastal strip is covered with hazelnut trees. Turkey produces 65% of the world's hazelnuts.
The Derinkuyu Underground City is a complete city that has been dug into the earth 7 stories deep. Inside this underground city are food stores, kitchens, churches, water wells, a missionary school, and more.
While the Spanish have bullfights, the Italians cockfights, and the English go hunting with hounds, the Turks have camel wrestling.
***Note that the dessert, Turkish Delight, has to be made the day before you plan to eat it. If you don't have time for this, make baklava for dessert instead.***
Turkish meals traditionally start with soup and a salad. Before the main meal, serve Turkish Red Lentil Soup and Turkish Salad. For your main meal serve Kofta (meatballs) with pita bread (store-bought), shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, lemon slices, and a yogurt sauce (made from 1 c. plain yogurt, 1-2 cloves minced garlic, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, and 2 tsp. diced parsley) (optional). Serve black tea for your beverage and Turkish Delight for dessert.
Turkish Red Lentil Soup
- 1 cup washed & cleaned red lentils (or any other type of lentil)
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1/4 cup finely chopped mild onion
- 1/2 cup peeled and diced potato (use Simply Potatoes pre-diced potatoes to save time if desired)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- pepper (to taste)
- Place the red lentils in a colander and rinse. Sift through to remove and debris or damaged beans. Place the washed and cleaned lentils into a medium pot with the stock, potatoes, onions and paprika. Bring the pot to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Loosely place a lid on the pot leaving slightly ajar as to allow some evaporation. Cook for 40-40 minutes until the lentils are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place all but 1 cup of the soup into a blender or food processor and blend briefly. Return blended soup to the pot with the reserved cup of soup and serve. (This recipe came from food.com.)
- 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
- 1 cup diced green bell pepper
- 1 cup diced peeled cucumber
- 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1/3 cup green onion
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and chill for at least 1 hour before serving. (This recipe came from food.com.)
Kofta (Turkish Meatballs)
- 1 cup fine fresh breadcrumb
- 1 lb lean ground lamb or beef
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon dried or fresh mint
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Make the bread crumbs by breaking up 2 slices of stale whole-wheat bread into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely crumbed. Add the ground lamb/beef and the egg, and process until blended. Add the spices, garlic and parsley. Process the meat well to achieve a fine texture. Roll the mixture into small meatballs (a melon-baller helps) or hand-shaped patties using dampened hands. You may cook them at once, or refrigerate the mixture for several hours. When ready to cook them, heat the oil in a heavy skillet, and fry the balls or patties until cooked through and evenly browned. The meatballs should be stirred several times, and the patties should be turned once. Remove them with a slotted spoon to drain. Serve with a yogurt or tahini sauce on a bed of rice or in a pita. (This recipe came from food.com.)
Lokoom (Turkish Delight)
If your children have read "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," you'll definitely want to try this recipe. Otherwise, you can make baklava for dessert.
- 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water (add 1-2 Tbsp. of rose water if desired)
- 1 tablespoon lemons or 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind or 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
- 5 -10 drops of food coloring
- powdered sugar
- Mix gelatin, sugar and salt in a heavy pot. Add water. Bring to slow boil and simmer without stirring for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in juice and rind. Add a few drops of food coloring. Taste for flavor. Add more juice if desired. Pour into 8 inch square pan which has been rinsed in cold water but not dried. Chill overnight. Cut into squares and roll each in powdered sugar. (This recipe came from food.com.)
Design Turkish tiles
Paint Turkish tiles on paper by following the directions at www.simplekidscrafts.com. If you have older children, you can try making Turkish tiles out of dried beans (mosaic-style) by following the directions at paperplateandplane.wordpress.com. If you want to go the easy route, simply print off one Turkish tile pattern and color it.
Read a book about Turkey
If you want to delve into the history of Turkey, you can also look up books on Ephesus, the Ottoman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and Constantinople.
Our favorite factual book on Turkey
Our favorite Turkish tale
Pray for the people of Turkey
To find out about the religious nature of Turkey and specific ways you can pray for the country, go to http://www.operationworld.org/country/turk/owtext.html .
Visit Turkey on YouTube
Where is Ankara, the capital of Turkey?
Other countries starting with the letter T
Would you prefer to study a different country? Try one of these.
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
Ready to visit another country?
Go to Around the World in 26 Letters to find links to all the countries we "visited." Each webpage features a menu, craft, books, video clips, worksheets, and more!