The History of Turkish Coffee

A middle-east trader brought the first coffee beans to ottoman empire, Istanbul in 1550's. At first, coffee beans were eaten wraw. Then a drink was made from the fermented coffee berries. This drink became very popular with dervishes. In the years that followed, coffee became a major part of Turkish social life, lots of coffee houses in Turkey was opened. Historians tell us that coffee was introduced to Europe in the 17th century. Venetians were active in trading coffee beans to Europe. The Dutch had introduced coffee in the second half of the 17th century to America. Novadays, coffee places are very popular all over the world. Except Turkey, because tea is very popular in most places now.

Wild Rice Salad

This recipe is a good source of fiber, which may help protect you against some diseases.

4 cups cooked wild rice
1 cup diced celery
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 1/2 cups fruit (dried, fresh, frozen or canned)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

1. Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. Refrigerate salad for at least an hour before serving so flavors blend.
3. Bake in a medium-sized, covered casserole dish at 350 degrees F. until
steaming hot, about 45 minutes. Or, heat on low in a covered skillet until
steaming hot.

4. Refrigerate leftovers within 2-3 hours.
Tip: Choose canned mandarin oranges or pineapple, chopped apples or
pears, grapes, raisins, or dried cranberries. Try adding 1/2 cup nuts like
walnuts or pecans, 1 cup frozen peas, 1 cup diced/cooked chicken, or a
can of water chestnuts, drained.