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    Exploring United Arab Emirates!

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    Elmotoo
    Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:43 pm
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    HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let's explore the cuisine of United Arab Emirates...aka UAE!

    UAE is a country located in the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar, Iran and Pakistan.


    The UAE is a federation of seven emirates (equivalent to principalities). Each emirate is governed by a hereditary emir who jointly form the Federal Supreme Council which is the highest legislative and executive body in the country. One of the emirs is selected as the President of the United Arab Emirates. The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. The capital is Abu Dhabi, which is one of the two centers of commercial and cultural activities, together with Dubai which is home to THE tallest building in the world with the new Freedom Tower aka 1 World Trade Center being #4.


    Emirati cuisine is a blend of many Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines.

    The modern diet of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is cosmopolitan, featuring dishes from around the world. A lot of people confuse Levantine food as being Emirati/Khaleej, but shawarma, hummous, tabbouleh, and mixed grill, whilst having similar characteristics, are fairly recent additions and do not do justice to the "soul food" that makes up the Emirati menu.

    Due to harsh desert conditions, the traditional food of the United Arab Emirates uses a lot of meat, grain, and dairy. Vegetables are easy to grow in some areas, and are strongly featured in the diet. Traditional dishes include Ma'louba, Margooga, Harees, Machbous, Frsee'ah, Fireed, Jisheid, and Mishwy. Meats traditionally used were chicken or small fowl, such as Houbara bustards, and goats. As camels are highly prized for their milk and transporting ability, the eating of camel meat is normally reserved for special occasions.

    The dishes are usually like stews, as everything is often cooked in a single pot. Saffron, cardamom, turmeric, and thyme are the core flavors used in Emirati cookery. The introduction of rice to the diet came when the traders moved to the region. Leaves from indigenous trees, such as the Ghaff, were also used to stuff small birds, releasing their flavor during the cooking process.

    Breakfast in the UAE usually features breads like raqaq, khameer, and chebab, served with cheese, date syrup, or eggs. These were made over a curved hot plate, resembling a stone, which would have been used by the Bedouins. Balaleat is another dish, but its advent again with the traders, who introduced pasta.

    Sweet options include luqeymat, a deep fried ball of pancake batter that is rolled in sesame seeds and then drizzled with date syrup. Other desserts include khabeesa, which is flour bread crumbs blended with sugar, cardamom, and saffron or bethitha, a semolina blended with crushed dates, cardamom, and clarified butter.

    At the close of the meal, it is usual to be served with a red tea infused with mint, which aids the digestion. Other traditions to the meal include a welcome with dates and gahwah (Arabic coffee), which are offered on arrival and are kept available through the guests visit.

    An example of lamb kebab sticks sold by a street vendor
    Seafood has been the mainstay of the Emirati diet for centuries. The United Arab Emirates cuisine is a reflection of a great Arabian heritage and vast exposure to civilizations over time. Muslims are prohibited from eating pork, so it is not included in Arab menus. Hotels and other establishments frequently have pork substitutes such as beef sausages and veal rashers on their breakfast menus. If pork is available, it is clearly labeled as such. Unlike other Muslim countries, it is not against the law to bring pork products into the country for personal consumption. Meat, fish, and rice are the staple foods of the Emirati cuisine. Lamb and mutton are the more favored meats, then goat and beef.

    Popular beverages are coffee and tea, which can be supplemented with cardamom, saffron, or mint to give it a distinct flavor.

    UAE has been occupied by Portugal, Saudi, & Britain before becoming independent in 1971. I haven't found reference to culinary influences from these countries. Hmmm.... perhaps because of the 'harsh desert conditions'?



    NA/ME explores UAE #623034 icon_biggrin.gif


    Last edited by Elmotoo on Sat Mar 01, 2014 4:48 pm, edited 2 times in total
    Elmotoo
    Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:45 pm
    Forum Host
    **the cookbook of UAE specific recipes is small, so feel free to choose from amongst nearby countries. Please state why you think that recipe represents the Emirates!**

    TAGS

    December 30
    icon_biggrin.gif Mia in Germany - Dienia B's Dajaj Salona #493342

    December 31
    icon_biggrin.gif elmotoo - Annacia's Balaleet – Vermicelli and Egg Omelet #511399
    icon_biggrin.gif elmotoo - Cookgirl's Toms 'n' Pom (Vegan-Friendly) #460842

    Jan 1 2014
    icon_biggrin.gif Annacia - Finjan Erfeh - Saudi Spicy Tea #427806 by Coasty
    icon_biggrin.gif Annacia - Chicken Kabouli (Muscat Style) #492975 by threeovens

    January 2
    icon_biggrin.gif Mia - Emirati Style Yellow Chicken Stock #418911 by Umm Binat
    icon_biggrin.gif Mia - Emirati Yellow Rice #418913 by Umm Binat

    January 14
    icon_biggrin.gif UmmBinat - Cookgirl's Toms 'n' Pom (Vegan-Friendly) #460842
    icon_biggrin.gif Annacia - Coasty's Finjan Erfeh - Saudi Spicy Tea #427806
    icon_biggrin.gif CG - Coasty's Finjan Erfeh - Saudi Spicy Tea #427806

    January 23
    icon_biggrin.gif elmotoo - UmmBinat's Emirati Style Yellow Chicken Stock #418911
    icon_biggrin.gif elmotoo - Maeven6's Israeli Tea #145734


    Last edited by Elmotoo on Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:06 am, edited 11 times in total
    Mia in Germany
    Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:38 am
    Forum Host
    wave.gif

    I haven't done a thing here on food.com for ages 'cause I spent all my spare time caring for MIL - never have seen so many doctors so often in my life icon_eek.gif
    I'd have loved to visit Turkey as I love Turkish cuisine, but well ...
    Now I'm here, starting with Dajaj Salona

    Hope y'all are going to have a healthy, happy New Year icon_biggrin.gif
    Cookgirl
    Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:10 am
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    Elmotoo wrote:
    **the cookbook of UAE specific recipes is small, so feel free to choose from amongst nearby countries. Please state why you think that recipe represents the Emirates!**

    TAGS


    Like....Saudi Arabia! Yum, yum!
    Elmotoo
    Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:14 am
    Forum Host
    Mia! How are you?? How is MIL? You can still visit Turkey... I never 'close' the threads plus it's not January yet! I needed to provide an active link for the calendar. icon_wink.gif

    I will get your tag noted but do feel free to go visit Turkey! It's so good to see you again!
    xo Beth
    Dienia B.
    Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:29 pm
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    Mia in Germany wrote:
    wave.gif

    I haven't done a thing here on food.com for ages 'cause I spent all my spare time caring for MIL - never have seen so many doctors so often in my life icon_eek.gif
    I'd have loved to visit Turkey as I love Turkish cuisine, but well ...
    Now I'm here, starting with Dajaj Salona

    Hope y'all are going to have a healthy, happy New Year icon_biggrin.gif
    thank you i need to play too lol
    Elmotoo
    Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:14 pm
    Forum Host
    Hi Dee! Good to see you!
    UmmBinat
    Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:00 pm
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    Hi there peeps, I'm about to have a baby but checking in here after a long break from the forums. I have actually made Dee's recipe before from the website she picked it up on so can I say I tagged that and review it !

    I'm also disappointed to have missed Turkey so maybe I'll tag in there sometime as well.
    Elmotoo
    Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:14 pm
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    UmmBinat wrote:
    Hi there peeps, I'm about to have a baby but checking in here after a long break from the forums. I have actually made Dee's recipe before from the website she picked it up on so can I say I tagged that and review it !

    I'm also disappointed to have missed Turkey so maybe I'll tag in there sometime as well.


    Hi UmmBinat! Happy New Year & congratulations!!

    Feel free to tag anything from anywhere icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    Elmotoo
    Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:22 pm
    Forum Host
    HI everyone! wave.gif Happy New Year! Methinks Miss Annacia is either frozen or buried in snow.... icon_eek.gif

    I am going to tag A's Balaleet – Vermicelli and Egg Omelet #511399 (i have cooked spaghetti in the fridge!!!)

    and CG's Toms 'n' Pom (Vegan-Friendly) #460842.

    Way psyched. I might also go back & tag some more in Turkey...we were there for 2 months but wow did life ever get in the way of tagging, icon_rolleyes.gif
    Mia in Germany
    Wed Jan 01, 2014 5:28 am
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    A very happy New Year to you all!!

    I'm glad I'm back to some serious cooking and hopefully tagging icon_rolleyes.gif
    MIL's broken ankle mended astonishingly well after we stuffed her with enzymes, Vitamin D and did lots of electro therapy, now it's just her eye issue that still need some more running to the doctor. Also her dementia is increasing slowly, so we have to look after her more than before. But luckily, she still manages somehow to live on her own, and funnily, after having been a total PITA all her life before, now becoming more demented she also becomes more and more of a totally sweet little old granny. Life has odd ways, sometimes!

    How are you all? Hopefully Annacia is okay and not frozen icon_eek.gif

    Weather here is very mild, between 42 and 50 degrees F (6 and 10 degrees C).

    I'll definitely go back to Turkey and tag some recipes there, too! icon_biggrin.gif
    Annacia
    Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:32 pm
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    Hi Guys wave.gif

    It's good to see everyone this new year.

    Ummie, congratulations. This is #3 isn't it.?

    Mia, I'm cold but not quite frozen yet. Although, I was shopping for an electric blanket earlier today, lol.

    It's been a strange sort of Holiday and I'm running behind in everything but I'm here now and would much enjoy tagging with you all and enjoy some new recipes that don't involve cranberry sauce. icon_lol.gif
    Annacia
    Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:33 pm
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    Elmotoo wrote:
    HI everyone! wave.gif Happy New Year! Methinks Miss Annacia is either frozen or buried in snow.... icon_eek.gif

    I am going to tag A's Balaleet – Vermicelli and Egg Omelet #511399 (i have cooked spaghetti in the fridge!!!)

    and CG's Toms 'n' Pom (Vegan-Friendly) #460842.

    Way psyched. I might also go back & tag some more in Turkey...we were there for 2 months but wow did life ever get in the way of tagging, icon_rolleyes.gif


    Thank you! icon_biggrin.gif
    Annacia
    Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:38 pm
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    OK, what happened to the Oman thread? I was going to look there for recipes. icon_question.gif
    Annacia
    Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:55 pm
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    I'll start with:

    Finjan Erfeh - Saudi Spicy Tea #427806 by Coasty
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