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    Who are the Assyrians and what did/do they eat?

    Chef #523946
    Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:11 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hello, I have just set up a new food blog which traces my experimentation with recipes, many of which are Assyrian specialties.
    Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:53 pm
    Forum Host
    Hello & welcome! In a nutshell:

    Assyrians are an ethnic group whose origins lie in what is today Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria, but many of whom have migrated to the Caucasus, North America and Western Europe during the past century. Hundreds of thousands more live in Assyrian diaspora and Iraqi refugee communities in Europe, the former Soviet Union, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon.

    Assyrian cuisine is similar to other Middle Eastern cuisines. However, it predates both Arab and Turkish cuisine in Western Asia. It is also similar to Armenian, Greek, Israeli, Persian, and Levantine cuisine. It may also be referred to as Chaldean cuisine or Syriac cuisine. It is rich in grains, meat, tomato, and potato. Rice is usually served with every meal accompanied by a stew which is typically poured over the rice. Tea is typically consumed at all times of the day with or without meals alone or as a social drink. Cheese, crackers, biscuits, baklava, or other snacks are often served alongside the tea as appetizers. Dietary restrictions may apply during special holidays in which certain types of foods may not be consumed; often meaning animal-derived. Howerver, unlike their Muslim or Jewish neighbors of the countries they originated from, they may consume pork or alcohol though pork is not a staple in the diet and is shunned by many. There are hold-overs from the Old Testament in which people slaughter animals a certain way and where some animals are considered unclean such as the aforementioned swine. The story of Jesus casting the demonic Legions into pigs that went over the cliff is a popular reason for some Assyrians not to eat pork. Alcohol on the other hand is rather popular.

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    Hope this helps!

    Chef #523946
    Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:33 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Are you Assyrian? If not, it's very refreshing to know that there are those who are educated and cultured enough to know this much about us. No, I am not Syrian - is my usual response to most people.
    Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:19 pm
    Forum Host
    No, I'm just a mutt who likes to do research to help people out & learn stuff along the way. I do hope you'll stick around & see all there is to see at Recipezaar...if I could so boldly & shamelessly suggest NA*ME Tag? icon_biggrin.gif

    Chef #523946
    Fri Jul 20, 2007 9:55 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    That looks neat, I will sign up. Also, if you get really bored sometime, check out my horribly amateur food blog. It has recipes throughout it.
    Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:16 am
    Forum Host
    [quote="Chef #523946"]That looks neat, I will sign up. Also, if you get really bored sometime, check out my horribly amateur food blog. It has recipes throughout it.[/quote]
    Hi! I saw your blog & the recipes look wonderful!

    For your NA*ME Tag to be valid, you need at least one recipe from the region for someone else to tag. Please attend to this ASAP or I'll have to release your tag (tonight or tomorrow)& open it up so others can play. You can then retag whenever you have recipes ready. Let me know if you need any help!

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