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    A Taste Of Syria

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    Annacia
    Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:18 pm
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    Slightly larger than North Dakota, Syria lies at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Lebanon and Israel on the west, Turkey on the north, Iraq on the east, and Jordan on the south. Coastal Syria is a narrow plain, in back of which is a range of coastal mountains, and still farther inland a steppe area. In the east is the Syrian Desert and in the south is the Jebel Druze Range. The highest point in Syria is Mount Hermon (9,232 ft; 2,814 m) on the Lebanese border.

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    The oldest remains found in Syria date from the Palaeolithic era (c.800,000 BCE). On August 23, 1993 a joint Japan-Syria excavation team discovered fossilized Paleolithic human remains at the Dederiyeh Cave some 400 km north of Damascus. The bones found in this massive cave were those of a Neanderthal child, estimated to have been about two years old, who lived in the Middle Palaeolithic era (ca. 200,000 to 40,000 years ago). Although many Neanderthal bones had been discovered already, this was practically the first time that an almost complete child's skeleton had been found in its original burial state.

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    Syrian cuisine is a diffusion of the cultures of civilizations that settled in Syria, particularly during and after the Islamic era beginning with the Arab Umayyad conquest, then the eventual Persian-influenced Abbasids and ending with the strong influences of Turkish cuisine, resulting from the coming of the Ottoman Turks. It is in many ways similar to other Levantine cuisines, mainly Lebanese, Palestinian and Jordanian.

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    The Syrian cuisine includes dishes like kibbeh, kebab halabi, wara' enab, hummus, tabbouleh, fattoush, labneh, shawarma, mujaddara, shanklish, pastırma, sujuk and ba'lawa. Ba'lawa is made of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and soaked in honey. Syrians often serve selections of appetizers, known as meze, before the main course. Za'atar, minced beef, and cheese manakish are served as hors d'oeuvres. Arabic flat bread is always eaten together with meze.

    Syrians also make cookies to usually accompany their cheese called ka'ak. These are made of farina and other ingredients, rolled out, shaped into rings and baked. Another form of a similar cookie is to fill with crushed dates mixed with butter to eat with their jibbneh mashallale, a string cheese made of curd cheese pulled and twisted together.

    A spice mixture called baharat mshakale is endemic to Syrian cuisine.

    A kind of kebab served with a spicy tomato sauce and Aleppo pepper, very common in Syria and Lebanon, named after the city of Aleppo (Halab). Kebab halabi has around 26 variants.

    A variety of Syrian dishes made with bulgur and minced lamb are called kibbeh. The northern Syrian city of Aleppo (Halab) is famous for having more than 17 different types.[2] These include kibbeh prepared with sumac (kәbbe sәmmāʔiyye), yogurt (kәbbe labaniyye), quince (kәbbe safarjaliyye), lemon juice (kәbbe ḥāmḍa), pomegranate sauce, cherry sauce, and other varieties, such as the "disk" kibbeh (kәbbe ʔrāṣ), the "plate" kibbeh (kәbbe bәṣfīḥa or kәbbe bṣēniyye) and the raw kibbeh (kәbbe nayye).

    Mehshi is a famous dish served in Syria, it is essentially Kousa or Eggplants stuffed with ground beef, rice and nuts. The northern city of Aleppo is known in the Arabic world as "Halab, the mother of Mehshis and Kebbehs."



    Baklava - a dessert of layered pastry filled with nuts and steeped in Atar syrup (orange [or] rose water and sugar), usually cut in a triangular or diamond shape.
    Taj al-malek (King's crown) - a dessert of round dry pastry, centre is filled with pistachio, nuts or cashew.
    Swar es-sett (Lady's wristlet) - a dessert of round pastry steeped in Atar syrup while the centre is covered with smashed pistachio.
    Znood Es-sett (Lady's arms) - filo pastry cigars with various fillings.
    Asabe'e antakiyyeh (Antioch fingers) - a finger-like rolled and stuffed pastry.
    Halawet al-jeben - Cheese pastry, rolled and stuffed with cheese or thick milk cream, served with Atar syrup.
    Mamuniyeh - semolina, boiled in water and added by significant amounts of sugar and ghee butter, usually served with salty cheese or milk cream (qeshtah).


    Syrians are renowned for producing dried apricot paste
    Zilebiyeh - thin sheets of semolina dough, boiled, rolled and stuffed with pistachio or milk cream (qeshtah).
    Ghazel al-banat - sugar, toasted with a special system and stuffed with pistachio or cashew.
    Halva - sesame paste sweet, usually made in a slab and studded with fruit and nuts.
    Kenafeh - shoelace pastry dessert stuffed with sweet white cheese, nuts and syrup.
    Ma'amoul - date, pistachio or walnut filled cookies shaped in a wooden mould called a tabi made specially for Christian holidays (traditionally Easter), Muslim holidays (such as Ramadan), and Jewish holidays (Purim).
    Qada'ef - semolina dough stuffed with a paste of sweet walnuts or milk cream and honey syrup (qater).
    Nabulsiyeh - a layer of semi-salty Nabulsi cheese covered with a semolina dough and drizzled with a honey syrup (qater).
    Basbousa - a sweet cake made of cooked semolina or farina soaked in simple syrup.



    Our cookbook ~ A TASTE OF SYRIA! #701075

    *some* of the UNreviewed recipes in our cookbook:
    Syrian Potato Salad (Patata Salata) #477564 by Abby Falck
    Syrian Roasted Beets #345721 by keeney
    Syrian Stuffed Zuchini in Yogurt Sauce (Kousa Bi Laban Souree) #464685 by Mustafa's Cook
    Baklawa - Syrian Version of Baklava #95151 by Kat Rahal
    Dja'jeh Mish Mosh (Syrian Apricot Chicken) #147020 by dustcatcher
    Quick and Easy Syrian-Lebanese-Pocket-Pita Bread! #486447 by Val Fosburgh
    Syrian Olive Pastries #130602 by Dropbear

    some photos to inspire you...
    Annacia
    Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:24 pm
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    Tags.

    You may tag any Syrian dish posted on this site and please feel free to add some new ones if you like. We'll be happy to have them in play.


    9/1
    icon_biggrin.gif Annacia Syrian-Style Shakriya With Rice #464441 by Mustafa's Cook

    9/4
    icon_biggrin.gif elmotoo Syrian-Style Lentil and Chard Soup #379086 by One Happy Woman

    9/6
    icon_biggrin.gif elmotoo - Syrian Rice #501450 by Nancy's Pantry

    9/9
    icon_biggrin.gif Cookgirl - Syrian Meatballs (Dawood Basha) #501957 by elmotoo
    icon_biggrin.gif elmotoo - Dja'jeh Mish Mosh (Syrian Apricot Chicken) #147020 by dustcatcher

    9/12
    icon_biggrin.gif CG - Syrian Green Beans With Cilantro #367516 by *Bellinda*

    9/13
    icon_biggrin.gif elmotoo - Tamarind-Glazed Shallots(Syria) #506884 by Sharon123
    icon_biggrin.gif Cookgirl - Syrian Pita Bread #428344 by Life is Good

    9/14
    icon_biggrin.gif Sharon123 - Syrian Roasted Beets #25721 by keeney
    icon_biggrin.gif elmotoo - Syrian Roasted Beets #345721 by keeney

    9/16
    icon_biggrin.gif CG - Syrian Spinach Salad by Dancer

    9/18
    icon_biggrin.gif Jostlori - Syrian Olive Pastries #130602 by Dropbear
    icon_biggrin.gif Jostlori Syrian Potato Salad (Patata Salata) #477564 by Abby Falck

    9/23
    icon_biggrin.gif Random Rachel - Baharat Aka Middle East Mixed Spices - the Real Mix #79179 by alAmira
    icon_biggrin.gif Random Rachel - Syrian Mashed Potatoes #506812 by Cookgirl
    icon_biggrin.gif Random Rachel - Chicken Majbouz #297910 by b"e;|oomingchocol@te

    9/29
    icon_biggrin.gif Jostlori - Fasoliyyeh Bi Zayt (Syrian Green Beans With Olive Oil) #469918 by celticevergreen


    Last edited by Annacia on Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:39 am, edited 3 times in total
    Cookgirl
    Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:27 pm
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    Syria could use some love right now.

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    Debbwl
    Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:27 pm
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    wave.gif Annacia and Cookgirl just dropped by to see what is happening, ok and for e-mails too icon_smile.gif
    Annacia
    Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:45 pm
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    Cookgirl wrote:
    Syria could use some love right now.

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    It most certainly could. I truly can't imaging how those people manage at all. I mean you have to some way but how incredibly hard it must be.
    Annacia
    Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:49 pm
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    Debbwl wrote:
    wave.gif Annacia and Cookgirl just dropped by to see what is happening, ok and for e-mails too icon_smile.gif


    Welcome Deb wave.gif

    It's wonderful to see you here. We have some Syrian coffee ready for folks who drop in. You two are welcome to help yourselves.




    P.S. the grinder and pot are over in the kitchenette.
    Debbwl
    Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:03 pm
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    Annacia thanks for the coffee icon_biggrin.gif

    I cam across an African Tomato Salad recipe before tour started but did not post it because it need some tweaking.

    Well today I was able to figure it out lemon it needed lemon. We liked the clean fresh taste but it kept coming up flat till we figured out that what the original recipe was missing was a good does of bright sunny lemon. And yes now it is posted icon_wink.gif

    Annacia
    Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:14 pm
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    Looks delish!

    If you would like to start a NA/ME book you would be good for tagging in the the NA/ME tag which isn't limited to one country. You can tag recipes from the whole region. In that one we tag in the usual manner and tag the person before you. icon_wink.gif

    http://www.food.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=396035
    Debbwl
    Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:12 pm
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    icon_redface.gif posted in the wrong place
    Annacia
    Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:09 pm
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    We're pretty laid back around here, your forgiven. icon_lol.gif
    Annacia
    Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:58 am
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    I'll start off by tagging:

    Annacia Syrian-Style Shakriya With Rice #464441 by Mustafa's Cook
    Elmotoo
    Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:15 pm
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    wave.gifwave.gifwave.gifwave.gif
    Elmotoo
    Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:15 pm
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    Cookgirl wrote:
    Syria could use some love right now.

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    indeed. icon_sad.gif
    Elmotoo
    Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:16 pm
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    Debbwl wrote:
    wave.gif Annacia and Cookgirl just dropped by to see what is happening, ok and for e-mails too icon_smile.gif

    Hi Deb!
    Elmotoo
    Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:38 pm
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    Our cookbook ~ A TASTE OF SYRIA! #701075

    Tough decision... I just added a dozen or more recipes to a cb for this month. But I have some lentils that need to be cooked so I'm tagging Syrian-Style Lentil and Chard Soup #379086 by One Happy Woman

    PLUS there was gorgeous swiss chard at the store today and it's my favorite green of all time. I miss my grandparents & their gardening/canning/freezing most when I eat it.

    Happy cooking!

    Beth
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