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    Top 5 Reasons to Try Middle Eastern Food

    Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:56 pm
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    By Saad Fayed

    Saad Fayed is a restaurateur with an avid interest in preparing Middle Eastern cuisine. He has lived and traveled in many Middle Eastern countries, experiencing the many flavors and specialties of each region. He has lived in Egypt and Iraq, and has traveled extensively among the Middle East. He began preparing Middle Eastern food as a small child, helping his grandmother. He then went on to work in his father's Middle Eastern restaurant at age 12. Saad now co-owns a Middle Eastern delicatessen and store, and continues to prepare Middle Eastern delicacies for his customers, friends and family.

    From Saad Fayed:

    "Middle Eastern food is just as interesting as the history behind it. Savory spice and herbs tell the story of ancient markets and trading, which makes each region special. I hope to bring my love of Middle Eastern cuisine and it's unique flavor from my table to yours.

    My first memory of cooking was helping my grandmother stuff and wrap grape leaves in Egypt. Today, my children help me do the same task. Middle Eastern food is more than just a meal, it is about tradition and family.

    If you are a beginner or have been cooking Middle Eastern dishes for years, you will find this site to be a refreshing, simple approach to cooking."

    1. Middle Eastern Food is Healthy!
    You won't find a lot of fat like butter and lard in Middle Eastern cooking or food preparation. Many recipes use only olive oil, and in very small quantities. Very few dishes are fried, also. You will find many foods are grilled and baked.

    2. Middle Eastern Food is a Vegetarian's Paradise.
    Middle Eastern food is a natural choice for vegetarians. Veggie only kebobs, appetizers like hummus and baba ghannouj, and meatless soups and stews give vegetarians so many options. Middle eastern salads are filling and served with many types of veggies and spices.

    3. Eating a New Food Starts Your Journey to Learn More.
    In college, I had a friend who had never eaten any type of ethnic cuisine. I took him to a Middle Eastern restaurant and although he was wary of trying something new, he did and loved it. Today, my friend speaks enough Arabic to carry on a conversation and has visited the Middle East three times. All because of a little kibbeh...

    4. A New Food Can Bring Your Family Closer Together.
    Don't believe me? Try it. So much can be said and learned over a 45 minute meal. Learning about a new culture can be such a family building exercise. Each week, one of my children cooks a meal from another country. Under my supervision, they chop vegetables, set the table and serve the meal. This time allows me, as a father, to interact with my children productively.

    5. Cooking Middle Eastern Food Requires Very Little Skill.
    You don't need a degree from the Cordon Bleu to cook up some kebabs or tabouleh. Middle Eastern cooking is about improvisation, using whatever cooking skills you have. Veggies and meats don't have to be perfectly sliced or served a certain way. It's all about what you know how to do!

    Last edited by Annacia on Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:14 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:37 pm
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    Excellent and very TRUE! icon_biggrin.gif
    Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:19 pm
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    I just couldn't pass it up. I agree, it's all true. icon_biggrin.gif
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