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    chef FIFI
    Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:55 pm Groupie
    Item you tried? Mine was shawerma sandwich.

    Last edited by chef FIFI on Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:11 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Fri Apr 20, 2007 2:49 pm
    Forum Host
    You remember??? Mine was *probably* tahini. A long time ago!
    Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:34 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    My mother's best friend while I was growing up is Lebanese. I can't remember the first Middle Eastern dish I tried, but I remember hummus and tabouleh being favorite treats at a pretty early age.

    My own kids, and now my grandson, love Middle Eastern food too. My very ambitious daughter mastered the art of making grape leaves by the time she was 13 because I rarely had "time" to make them and they're her favorite food.
    Scots Lass/Cairo
    Thu Apr 26, 2007 3:30 am Groupie
    When I was about 15, my parents took me to a Greek taverna which had opened in Glasgow. The only thing I remember trying was Baklava. Some years later, as a student in Paris, my husband to be, took me to another Greek taverna. I recall fish served with tahina, stuffed aubergines, and again Baklava. icon_biggrin.gif It was out of this world. When we got married I remember Baklava being the first dessert that I made. icon_lol.gif I prefer the flavours of the Greek versions, and the one that goes down a storm with our family is the one by Evelyn/Athens Baklava. icon_biggrin.gif
    Thu Apr 26, 2007 7:31 am Groupie
    Mine was probably falafel or hummus. Too long ago to remember.

    When my family first moved back to NYC, we lived just a few blocks from the major commercial area for the city's ME community. (Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn for those familiar.) My dad loved the many restaurants and we went there often.
    Mme M
    Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:07 am Groupie
    I can't be could have been baklava! I adore baklava. With friends whose parents worked for Aramco, I used to eat Greek gyros, and my friends told me how they were just like the shwarmas they used to get in Beirut, which sounded awfully cool. Loved the gyros/shwarmas!
    Fri May 18, 2007 7:37 pm Groupie
    Greek Dolmades but I'm not sure if that counts as "middle east." icon_wink.gif

    chef FIFI
    Sat May 19, 2007 11:42 am Groupie
    Thats ok...its very close.
    Sat May 26, 2007 8:44 am Groupie
    Not sure but I think it was shish-kabobs (I think I spelled that wrong)! Still love them.
    Um Safia
    Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:45 pm
    Forum Host
    The very first 'authentic' North African food I ate was traditional cous cous at my wedding! icon_lol.gif
    Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:35 pm
    Forum Host
    Um Safia wrote:
    The very first 'authentic' North African food I ate was traditional cous cous at my wedding! icon_lol.gif

    For the 1st time at your wedding?! Wow! I'd be nervous with a new food at my wedding.
    Um Safia
    Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:50 pm
    Forum Host
    My wedding was a typical Algerian affair and we had the big sit down celebratory ''taa'am'' (cous cous and red sauce) for the main meal followed by baklawa, mint tea & coffee.

    The civil wedding later on was a bit less adventurous food wise so I got the best of both worlds!
    Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:42 pm
    Forum Host
    neat-O! Do you have a recipe for taa'am posted? Sounds interesting!
    Um Safia
    Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:53 pm
    Forum Host
    I will try and get the recipe posted later on sometime.

    It is a very tasty and quite stiking dish to look at but simple enough to make (especially when catering for a lot of peopel as at my wedding!).

    I tend to cook the same cous cous almost every Friday or on special ocassions.
    Um Safia
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:46 am
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    Elmotoo wrote:
    neat-O! Do you have a recipe for taa'am posted? Sounds interesting!

    Hi Emotoo,

    the recipe is now published:

    Have fun!

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