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    Um Safia
    Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:29 pm
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    You may be familiar with the saying "Breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince and dinner like a Pauper" . Does this apply to you, or are you one of the many that just skip breakfast altogether?

    It's no secret that meal times are a big thing in the Middle East and North Africa, we all know how family life revolves around them!

    We spend plenty of time planning sumptious dinners but how much thought did you give to breakfast recently icon_question.gif

    There are 2 main 'styles' of breakfast in the Middle East and North Africa. You can go the savoury route and enjoy something delicious and nutritional such as a typical "Arabic Breakfast" or perhaps a plate of Tunisian Chakchouka or you can go the opposite and indulge a little with cakes, pattisserie, bread & jams or even the infamous "Iranian Breakfast" of thick cream and honey with fresh bread!







    I really wasn't a breakfast person until I got married and even now I can only eat around an hour after waking up (which is useful considering how long I might spend preparing breakfast!). As a family we take the time to sit around the table and enjoy breakfast together - whatever that may be!







    Our family typically indulges in any of the following: fresh baked bread (sweet or savoury), pancakes, cinnamon rolls, cakes, pattisserie, milk desserts (semolina or rice pudding). I prefer tea in the morning (then coffee at around 11am icon_wink.gif ) but DH will only have coffee, so I make fresh pots of both! The children will have goats milk & we always have fresh juice or smoothies. I don't like the children having too much sweet stuff so if we're into the sickly sweet stuff then they'll have cereal!







    I personally prefer to start the day on a savoury note and love eggs in any form or if I have time I LOVE the traditional arab breakfast of cheese, olives & bread (I leave out the labneh!).


    Here are a some of the wonderful breakfast recipes on Zaar:

    "An Arabic Breakfast"

    "Ayaou M'semmen"

    "Tunisian Farka (Breakfast Pasta from North Africa)"

    "Yoghurt Cheese (Labna)"

    "Tunisian Chakchouka"

    "Algerian Poached Eggs (Chakchouka)"

    "Middle-Eastern Herb Omelette"

    "My Rough Khoubz -- Moroccan Flat Bread."

    "Taftoon - Persian Wholemeal Flat Bread"

    "Chocolate Challah"

    "Pide (Turkish Flat Cake)"

    "Basbousa - Semolina Cakes With Syrup"

    "Lebanese Cookies"

    "Simit (Turkish Bread Rings)"

    "Couscous for Breakfast!"

    "Balouza Muhallabia (Fragrant Milk Pudding)"

    "Orange Rice Pudding"

    "Honey and Cream - Iranian Breakfast"

    "Yemeni Chai (Chai Adani)"

    "Turkish Coffee....kah'wah"

    "Armenian Tea"

    "Moroccan Smoothie"


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    So tell me, do you enjoy breakfast as much as my family does?

    What do you eat at breakfast time?

    If you're not usually into breakfast, have you been inspired or a little tempted to give it another go?



    Rezika


    Last edited by Um Safia on Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:28 am, edited 1 time in total
    Elmotoo
    Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:06 pm
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    OOOH!! I LOVE eggs! I usually have a 'breakfast' of leftovers around 10-11am - after taking the kids to school & going to the gym.

    I prefer protein-y breakfast over bread-y breakfasts.

    I'm going to try some of the recipes highlighted!

    And I love your banner! icon_biggrin.gif
    Halalmom
    Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:35 am
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    I just love breakfast!! My family doesn't... icon_confused.gif

    DH prefers it the "Algerian Way", coffee with lots of milk, a croissant, some sweets like Baklava. My son eats his bowl of cereal, and my idea of breakfast-heaven would be a full English breakfast icon_biggrin.gif , tea, eggs, sausages, toast... won-der-full!!!
    Halalmom
    Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:36 am
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    P.S.: But I will try some of your recipes, very tempting!
    Cookie16
    Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:27 am
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    My Algerian husband and his family drink sweet coffee with milk and eat either croissant, some other sweet pastry, cookies or if there is nothing in the house, bread with butter and jam. None of them would ever eat anything savory or eat eggs or cereal at breakfast time.

    They drive me crazy!! I look at all the gorgeous dishes listed above and wonder why they don't eat better. To make it even more puzzling - my MIL, FIL and BIL are diabetic. Their breakfast of choice is possibly the worst thing they could be eating.
    Um Safia
    Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:00 am
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    Happy Mom wrote:
    My Algerian husband and his family drink sweet coffee with milk and eat either croissant, some other sweet pastry, cookies or if there is nothing in the house, bread with butter and jam. None of them would ever eat anything savory or eat eggs or cereal at breakfast time.

    They drive me crazy!! I look at all the gorgeous dishes listed above and wonder why they don't eat better. To make it even more puzzling - my MIL, FIL and BIL are diabetic. Their breakfast of choice is possibly the worst thing they could be eating.


    Hi there Happy Mom,

    it's funny you should mention diabetes and the Algerian diet. My husband and entire family are "sugar crazed"! They will have sweet milky coffee and as much sweet baked goods as they can manage for breakfast. It's taken me 7 years hard work to wean DH off sugar in his drinks... and I had a constant battle with my in laws to stop them putting sugar in the kids milk and feeding them sugar lumps for treats!

    Diabetes is RIFE in DH's family - almost all the family is either Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic : IS IT ANY WONDER?! Another thing they all seem to suffer problems with is their gall bladder......I have a feeling that is something to do with the diet too icon_wink.gif

    Rezika.
    Cookie16
    Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:49 am
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    Um Safia wrote:
    Happy Mom wrote:
    My Algerian husband and his family drink sweet coffee with milk and eat either croissant, some other sweet pastry, cookies or if there is nothing in the house, bread with butter and jam. None of them would ever eat anything savory or eat eggs or cereal at breakfast time.

    They drive me crazy!! I look at all the gorgeous dishes listed above and wonder why they don't eat better. To make it even more puzzling - my MIL, FIL and BIL are diabetic. Their breakfast of choice is possibly the worst thing they could be eating.


    Hi there Happy Mom,

    it's funny you should mention diabetes and the Algerian diet. My husband and entire family are "sugar crazed"! They will have sweet milky coffee and as much sweet baked goods as they can manage for breakfast. It's taken me 7 years hard work to wean DH off sugar in his drinks... and I had a constant battle with my in laws to stop them putting sugar in the kids milk and feeding them sugar lumps for treats!

    Diabetes is RIFE in DH's family - almost all the family is either Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic : IS IT ANY WONDER?! Another thing they all seem to suffer problems with is their gall bladder......I have a feeling that is something to do with the diet too icon_wink.gif

    Rezika.


    I was going to ask you and Halal Mom and any other reader on this forum if they have diabetes in their Algerian (or other NAME) families. Most of the Algerians I know have it in their families. My BIL is diabetic and had a heart bypass (the 2 conditions seem to go hand-in-hand these days) when he was 35! Diabetes runs in families and none of the siblings remaining in Algiers have even done a glucose test to see if they are pre-diabetic so they could make changes to their diet and lifestyle now. My MIL had a gall bladder thing a few years ago.

    Good for you in improving your husband's diet. It is very hard to make changes to your diet when you grow up with something and it has such pleasant associations. I have made no progress on that front. The other day I was at a cafe with my husband and he got a small (12 oz. in the fat USA) coffee and he put 5 sugar packets in it! He smokes too!! He goes to the doctor and has had all sorts of tests due to his family history but they always say he is fine because he gets exercise but I worry still. Stubborn Algerians!!!
    Halalmom
    Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:46 am
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    Yes, FIL has Diabetes and MIL gall bladder problems... It drives me crazy when I see the women putting sugar in their childrens milk!! When we were on holiday in Algeria I was really fed up with that breakfast, coffee with milk, Baklava, Baklava, Makrout, more Baklava and suuuuuuuuuuugaaaaaaaaaaaaar. Argh. I was craving some Thai stir-fry, hot and crisp!
    I think for the women it is extremely unhealthy, they just do not go out as much as the men, let alone exercising icon_confused.gif
    But I also got used to that sugar, before marriage I had my tea with 2 teaspoons sugar, no I have 4!! (Trying to cut it down again.)
    And, yes, they are stubborn icon_lol.gif
    Elmotoo
    Fri Jan 18, 2008 12:48 pm
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    icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif How do people with diabetes continue to consume sugar??? It makes no sense!
    Cookie16
    Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:06 pm
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    Elmotoo wrote:
    icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif How do people with diabetes continue to consume sugar??? It makes no sense!


    I don't know. I have 2 uncles (one from each side of my family) here in the US, both were diagnosed around the age of 55 with diabetes. Both of them went on the recommended diets immediately, lost weight, cut out alcohol, quit smoking in one case and both now have their glucose in normal range. When they were initially diagnosed they walked out of the doctor's office with prescriptions if needed, referrals to nutritionists, info on diabetes websites, support groups, cookbooks, pamphlets, coupons for Splenda, etc.

    When someone is diagnosed in Algeria they walk out of the office with a diagnosis.
    Um Safia
    Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:07 pm
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    Happy Mom wrote:
    Elmotoo wrote:
    icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif How do people with diabetes continue to consume sugar??? It makes no sense!


    I don't know. I have 2 uncles (one from each side of my family) here in the US, both were diagnosed around the age of 55 with diabetes. Both of them went on the recommended diets immediately, lost weight, cut out alcohol, quit smoking in one case and both now have their glucose in normal range. When they were initially diagnosed they walked out of the doctor's office with prescriptions if needed, referrals to nutritionists, info on diabetes websites, support groups, cookbooks, pamphlets, coupons for Splenda, etc.

    When someone is diagnosed in Algeria they walk out of the office with a diagnosis.


    Yep, that is SO true.

    My in laws hadn't heard of Splenda until I sent them some. But they were very skeptical about it! I send them big jars every time someone is going out there but they still won't adapt and use it for cooking (only 1 SIL does) - they use it in their drinks which is a start I suppose.

    The problem I have is they never take me seriously because they assume that if the doctor didn't tell them then it isn't worth knowing icon_rolleyes.gif I have loads of info for them but they don't really take much notice. I send them adapted recipes of many of their favourite things but I don't think they try many of them.

    When I was in Algeria last time I was pregnant. Every time they gave me something sweet to eat I felt ill & they were all panicking & telling me I must have Diabetes. They looked quite puzzled when I said it was my body complaining as my whole life I've never eaten that much sugar! They wouldn't leave me alone until I showed them the blood tests to prove I wasn't diabetic .

    As an example, the bakeries there generally use cheap ingredients (you'll never see fresh cream inside anything or real chocolate on something) they rely on a lot of sugar for every aspect. I refused a piece of cake without trying it. To make my point when they kept pushing it at me, I went to the kitchen & brought a mug FULL of sugar back with me. I put it on the table & explained that there was that much sugar in just one piece of cake (NO KIDDING icon_eek.gif ) - I asked if anyone fancied eating the sugar......I got the point across that time.

    Some doctors will tell their patients not to eat something, others will tell you to "try to avoid" certain foods. Most as we know won't offer any advice at all. My MIL has hypertension, diabetes and other problems. She prefers to increase her meds than adjust her diet & her doctor is happy for her to do that icon_evil.gif It's all crazy really.........
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    Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:21 am
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    On the weekdays & usually have eggs & toast & orange juice, & on the Saturday I get the full blast: bacon, eggs, biscuits, grape & strewberry jam, & a some fruit salad icon_biggrin.gif
    Mmmmmmmm!!!!! yummy.gifyummy.gif
    Um Safia
    Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:10 am
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    chefinmiddleschool wrote:
    On the weekdays & usually have eggs & toast & orange juice, & on the Saturday I get the full blast: bacon, eggs, biscuits, grape & strewberry jam, & a some fruit salad icon_biggrin.gif
    Mmmmmmmm!!!!! yummy.gifyummy.gif


    yum yummy.gif!

    I love turkey bacon icon_smile.gif in a full english breakfast... I have heard of American biscuits but have never eaten them - are they good?
    Elmotoo
    Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:19 pm
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    When made right, they're divine! You must make some. brb.

    try these...Southern Buttermilk Biscuits.
    Um Safia
    Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:45 pm
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    Elmotoo wrote:
    When made right, they're divine! You must make some. brb.

    try these...Southern Buttermilk Biscuits.


    ooooh, thanks Bethie icon_razz.gif I've just saved the recipe & will try it asap.

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