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    Welcome to Qatar! May 2013

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    Elmotoo
    Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:52 pm
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    QATAR!



    Is a sovereign Arab state, located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the much larger Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island state of Bahrain.



    Human habitation of the Qatar Peninsula dates as far back as 50,000 years when small groups of inhabitants built coastal encampments, settlements, and sites for working flint that were dated to be from the Neolithic era, according to archaeological evidence.





    Traditional Qatari Cuisine
    Find out about traditional Qatari specialities such as machbous and hummus, as well as the influence of immigration on Qatari cuisine. Also details on mealtimes...

    Qatar's traditional cuisine has been strongly influenced by migrants from Iran and India, and more recently North Africa. The number of foreigners working in the country has led to modern Qatari eating habits being influenced by food from around the world. Many of the country's traditional dishes are based around seafood especially lobster, crab, tuna, red snapper and shrimp and the many different kinds of dates native to the region. All meat is halal, which is prepared in accordance with Muslim laws.

    Many locally grown foods, such as dates, sour apples and fresh almonds are considered delicacies. One of Qatar's most important traditional dishes is machbous which is a stew of richly spiced rice with either seafood, meat or both. Traditionally, it is served in a large communal platter.

    Another favourite is lamb or mutton served with yogurt made from cow's or goat's milk.

    Other important Qatari specialties include:

    Hummus, a dip made from chickpeas and tahini, a sesame seed paste
    Waraq enab, rice stuffed vine leaves
    Taboulleh, a cracked wheat, or bulgur dish flavoured with parsley and mint
    Koussa mahshi, or stuffed courgettes
    Biriani, a spiced rice dish which is mixed with chicken or lamb
    Motabel, a paste made from lightly cooked aubergine mixed with garlic and tahini
    Ghuzi, a whole roast lamb on a bed of rice and nuts.

    The region also has some delicious traditional desserts, including mehalabiya, a rose water and pistachio pudding, umm ali, a bread pudding with nuts and white raisins, and esh asaraya a cheesecake topped with cream.
    Meals

    Breakfast is usually a light meal, which is eaten early and includes yogurt, cheese and olives eaten with coffee. A main midday meal is usually heavy, beginning with an appetiser, or mezze, served with flat Arabic bread followed by a stew of lamb or fish with cooked vegetables and salad. Many people do not use cutlery and scoop their food using bread. The evening meal is typically a light snack, except during Ramadan and on special occasions.



    Coffee is extremely important in Qatari culture. Arabian coffee is of a very high quality and made from a lightly roasted bean spiced with cardamom and either sweetened or served with dates. It is drunk in small, thimble-like cups in homes and offices.

    Thickly brewed Turkish coffee is also very popular. It is common for people to have jugs of tea and coffee ready for visitors. On special occasions a sweet coffee known as qahwa helw is served. It is a bright orange infusion of saffron, cardamom and sugar.

    Fresh fruit and herb cocktails are very popular and sold by street vendors throughout the country. Popular local choices are a mint and lemon cocktail or an avocado smoothie. Mains supplied water in Qatar is safe to drink, although bottled water is preferred by many.





    The ONLY 3 Qatari recipes on Fooddotcom:
    Qatar! #671235
    Al Harees - a Family Recipe! Traditional Qatari, Iraqi #352229
    Cinnamon Buttered Dates, Al Rangina from Qutar #499606
    Cumin Seed Potatoes, Batata B’kamun from Qutar #499605


    Last edited by Elmotoo on Fri May 31, 2013 7:13 pm, edited 2 times in total
    Cookgirl
    Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:14 pm
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    I found this recipe on a Qatar visitor's website. It sounds good.
    I wonder if the "syurp" is simple syrup? I guess I could just drizzle honey...

    Algeemaat

    Difficulty level: easy

    Algeemaat are traditional Qatari sweets which look like small sticky balls of dough and are quite easy to make. I can easily devour a plateful!

    What you will need:

    2 cups of flour
    2 tablespoons of powdered milk
    1 large spoon of sugar
    1 large spoon of yeast
    2 large spoons of custard (<<---what is this?)
    1/4 spoon of saffron
    1/4 spoon of cinnamon
    2 cups of milk
    1 cup of warm water
    A pinch of salt
    Cooking oil
    Syrup
    Instructions:

    1. Put all the ingredients into a bowl (except for the cooking oil) and mix to produce a dough like substance. Leave to rise for around an hour.
    2. Roll the dough into small balls.
    3. Fry the balls in a pan of oil until they are golden colour and crisp.
    4. Drain, cover in syrup and they are ready to eat!
    Cookgirl
    Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:27 pm
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    I found this recipe from Qatar in the database:

    Motabel Dip (Qatar)
    Annacia
    Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:11 pm
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    We're off to Qatar icon_biggrin.gif
    Elmotoo
    Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:46 pm
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    Cookgirl wrote:
    I found this recipe on a Qatar visitor's website. It sounds good.
    I wonder if the "syurp" is simple syrup? I guess I could just drizzle honey...

    Algeemaat

    Difficulty level: easy

    Algeemaat are traditional Qatari sweets which look like small sticky balls of dough and are quite easy to make. I can easily devour a plateful!

    What you will need:

    2 cups of flour
    2 tablespoons of powdered milk
    1 large spoon of sugar
    1 large spoon of yeast
    2 large spoons of custard (<<---what is this?)
    1/4 spoon of saffron
    1/4 spoon of cinnamon
    2 cups of milk
    1 cup of warm water
    A pinch of salt
    Cooking oil
    Syrup
    Instructions:

    1. Put all the ingredients into a bowl (except for the cooking oil) and mix to produce a dough like substance. Leave to rise for around an hour.
    2. Roll the dough into small balls.
    3. Fry the balls in a pan of oil until they are golden colour and crisp.
    4. Drain, cover in syrup and they are ready to eat!


    mmmmmm! i think the 'custard' might be the custard powder the Brits & Aussies use. Syrup is probably simple syrup but I think honey could substitute.

    **all new recipes have been added to the cookbook!**
    UmmBinat
    Thu May 02, 2013 10:45 am
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    I have the sweet coffee recipe but I'm on my phone and gardening! I may find it later or someone can find it to add to the cookbook. Also machbous recipes are interchangeable between countries I think. That would add a few more. Many Muslims don't eat crabs and lobster even in a sea bordered country I think.

    I hope to get some fresh fish this month. Also I have an avocado middle eastern smoothie I have got to add for this as I have been meaning to add it to F. For a while!
    Annacia
    Sat May 04, 2013 11:17 am
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    Good Morning

    I have found some recipes if anyone would like to post them icon_wink.gif

    http://www.qatarvisitor.com/culture/qatar-recipes
    Cookgirl
    Sat May 04, 2013 11:21 am
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    Elmotoo
    Sat May 04, 2013 10:11 pm
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    Cookgirl wrote:
    I will make:

    Cinnamon Buttered Dates, Al Rangina from Qutar by Annacia

    lol i will make that one too! I may post some recipes monday. I'm taking the day off work. I am TIREDOMGSOTIRED. But todays alllll day fundraiser went of without any *real* hitches! Not sure how much we made but everyone had a great time so it's a success in my heart! Now to see what the school administration thinks, lol.

    Good night!! xoxo
    Cookgirl
    Thu May 09, 2013 9:23 pm
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    Cinnamon Buttered Dates, Al Rangina from Qutar has been enjoyed and reviewed!:


    I don't know if I like this photo or not...I think it looks like a 4-legged octopus.


    Elmotoo
    Fri May 10, 2013 11:38 am
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    Cookgirl wrote:
    Cinnamon Buttered Dates, Al Rangina from Qutar has been enjoyed and reviewed!:


    I don't know if I like this photo or not...I think it looks like a 4-legged octopus.




    lol, I agree. My review has also been submitted icon_biggrin.gif
    Cookgirl
    Fri May 10, 2013 11:43 am
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    LOL!!
    Cookgirl
    Fri May 10, 2013 12:44 pm
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    It's interesting how the eye doesn't notice those things until you upload. Then it's not only glaring it's downright scary.


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    Cookgirl
    Fri May 10, 2013 12:44 pm
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    Poor octopus. He died for a good cause however...
    Elmotoo
    Fri May 10, 2013 4:47 pm
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    Cookgirl wrote:
    Poor octopus. He died for a good cause however...
    LOL!
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