Salep is a hot drink made with the powdered root of the salep orchid – Orchis mascula. In the winter, people often have a cup of salep with a couple of simits before rushing off to work in the morning. It is sold from copper urns on street corners and at stations throughout Turkey.
Heat the milk and add the salep with 2tbsp sugar. When it comes to the boil stir in the remaining sugar and simmer for 10 minutes stirring frequently, until it thickens. Serve hot, sprinkled with ginger and cinnamon.