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Hospitality is central to Middle Eastern culture - its a mixture of so many cultures and religions.   home cooks spend hours, sometimes days, preparing an impressive spread of dishes for family feasts. Grains play an essential and versatile role in the diet, with dishes varying from cous cous salad, risotto rice dishes and a lot of lamb is also eaten Lentils and vegetables form a large part of their diet

 When it comes to dessert, it's a case of the sweeter the better. Nuts, fruit and fragrant floral notes are also enjoyed,.
The Middle East comprises of

Egypt
Iran
Turkey
Iraq
Saudi Arabia
Yemen
Syria
 United Arab Emirates
Israel,
Jordan
Palestine
Lebanon
Oman
Kuwait
Qatar
Bahrain
Cyprus 



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http://www.food.com/recipe/baharat-aka-middle-east-mixed-spices-the-real-mix-79179




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http://www.food.com/recipe/middle-east-lamb-meatloaf-from-the-new-york-times-magazine-of-february-3-1991-21490


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http://www.food.com/recipe/middle-east-lamb-meatloaf-from-the-new-york-times-magazine-of-february-3-1991-21490


http://www.food.com/recipe/middle-east-lamb-meatloaf-from-the-new-york-times-magazine-of-february-3-1991-21490

http://www.food.com/recipe/shorbat-adas-middle-eastern-lentil-soup-287666

http://www.food.com/recipe/middle-eastern-chicken-399253

http://www.food.com/recipe/middle-eastern-raisin-rice-257813

http://www.food.com/recipe/riyadh-rice-middle-eastern-favourite-289165

There are so many wonderful recipes. Hope that you have more to add and great tips as well

 

Last Edited By: Joyfulcook Apr 23 15 4:26 AM. Edited 4 times

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Apr 24 15 8:15 PM

Another one of my luvs.  The foods are so healthy and flavorful.  I could eat falafel any time of the day. LOL

The one thing that I haven't tried (except for some chops years ago) is lamb.  Don't know why -- maybe because it just isn't a big selling item here in Texas.  Or, maybe I need to stop by one of those specialty meat markets.  Our grocery stores do sell lamb, but not a large variety.

We do; however, have a wonderful restaurant called "Fadi's" that specializes in Middle Eastern/Mediterranean foods.  You go through a line and just point and pick -- they have some of the most beautiful salads, hummus, baba ganoush, and veggies.  They have meats, but I get too carried away with all of the veggies and salads.  We eat there often.

 


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Apr 25 15 1:53 PM

This is a thread for wonderful recipes.
I just tagged in a game 2 of CG's ... they are irresistible.

In my blog I have a few of them, but I placed them in the categorie: Middle East and North African recipes.
Using the filter I can find them at once:

https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/category/cooking/variety-of-cuisines/middle-east-and-north-african-recipes/

Yesterday I had https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/category/cooking/variety-of-cuisines/middle-east-and-north-african-recipes/ again. Too delicious!
I combined it with http://foodiewinelover.com/2015/04/20/shrimp-saganaki/ and homemade bread.

I have many Greek (especially form Crete) recipes and I love to combine them with the Middle Eastern ones. 
 

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Apr 25 15 2:42 PM

Oh Nancy, baba ganoush is my favorite! I love all the vegetarian options too. But sometime do try a lamb kebab, depending on where you get it, it can be really delicious - just make sure to tell them how well you like it cooked (one time it came rare because I hadn't specified). We had great Egyptian and Lebanese restaurants that unfortunately closed, at least there is still a Turkish place.

Maito

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Apr 25 15 11:47 PM

artandkitchen wrote:

Cookgirl wrote:
A small sampling of my ME recipes:

http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/main-course/main-course-chicken/musahkan.html?p=3
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/sauce-spread/sauce-spread-dressing/salad-dressing-w-preserved-lemon-greek-yogurt.html?p=4
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/drink/drink-other-drink/al-amirs-middle-eastern-tea-hot-or.html?p=8
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/main-course/main-course-other-main-course/lamb-kofta.html?p=6
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/salad/salad-potato-salad/syrian-potato-salad.html?p=13
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/salad/salad-potato-salad/syrian-potato-salad.html?p=13
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/sauce-spread/sauce-spread-dip/persian-mast-o-musir.html?p=36



 

I love your recipes dear CG! Please, if you transfer your recipes from the other site to justapinch, let me know which reviews I should transfer with them. Your can write me a list with the old and the new link!   image

I moved all my unmentionablefoodsite.com recipes to Pepperplate early last year. I've yet to post any of those to Just
a Pinch. The ME recipes I have posted on Just a Pinch are newly tested recipes. I will start moving
the ones from Unmentionable to Just a Pinch as best I can. Then we can tag away! 

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Last Edited By: Cookgirl Apr 26 15 6:54 AM. Edited 1 time.

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Apr 25 15 11:48 PM

artandkitchen wrote:
This is a thread for wonderful recipes.
I just tagged in a game 2 of CG's ... they are irresistible.

In my blog I have a few of them, but I placed them in the categorie: Middle East and North African recipes.
Using the filter I can find them at once:

https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/category/cooking/variety-of-cuisines/middle-east-and-north-african-recipes/

Yesterday I had https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/category/cooking/variety-of-cuisines/middle-east-and-north-african-recipes/ again. Too delicious!
I combined it with http://foodiewinelover.com/2015/04/20/shrimp-saganaki/ and homemade bread.

I have many Greek (especially form Crete) recipes and I love to combine them with the Middle Eastern ones. 


 

I'm definitely interested in Greek & Crete cuisine. Love all Med. food especially those on the cusp of The Med with North African and/or ME influences.: Turkey, for ex. 

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Apr 26 15 6:55 AM

Maito wrote:
Oh Nancy, baba ganoush is my favorite! I love all the vegetarian options too. But sometime do try a lamb kebab, depending on where you get it, it can be really delicious - just make sure to tell them how well you like it cooked (one time it came rare because I hadn't specified). We had great Egyptian and Lebanese restaurants that unfortunately closed, at least there is still a Turkish place.

Huge confession: I HATE eggplant. I hate it in any form. Its texture and taste are awful. 
When I am served eggplant at someone's home I eat it though. (Manners, right?!)
Mama done taught me good!

 

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Last Edited By: Cookgirl Apr 26 15 6:57 AM. Edited 1 time.

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Apr 27 15 3:14 AM

Cookgirl wrote:

Maito wrote:
Oh Nancy, baba ganoush is my favorite! I love all the vegetarian options too. But sometime do try a lamb kebab, depending on where you get it, it can be really delicious - just make sure to tell them how well you like it cooked (one time it came rare because I hadn't specified). We had great Egyptian and Lebanese restaurants that unfortunately closed, at least there is still a Turkish place.

Huge confession: I HATE eggplant. I hate it in any form. Its texture and taste are awful. 
When I am served eggplant at someone's home I eat it though. (Manners, right?!)
Mama done taught me good!

 

Cookgirl! I hear what your saying I so agree, and if I have to eat it whenv I am out I try to swallow it withought having to chew it too much image
 

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