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    January 2013 ~ NA/ME Explores OMAN!

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    Elmotoo
    Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:53 am
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    History of Oman

    Oman's history tells stories of heroism, courage, wisdom, patriotism, love and devotion to homeland. This brings us closer to understanding the richness of the Omani cultural experience which has contributed to the building of modern Oman.

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    Oman’s strategic location has played a major role in many campaigns and regional conflicts in this region. Oman overlooks the Arabian Sea, the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Gulf. It also controls the Strait of Hormuz, which is one of the most important facilities in the region, linking the Sea of Oman with the Arabian Gulf. The Strait of Hormuz is a gateway to all ships coming from the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.

    Al Wattih in Muscat Governorate is one of the first inhabited cities. Modern archaeological discoveries suggest that humans settled in it during the Stone Age, i.e. more than 10,000 years ago.



    The Babylonians and the Assyrians settled in Oman because they wanted to control the trade route that linked Asia to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

    With the spread of Islam, and Mazin Bin Gadhubah joining Islam as the first person in Oman and his emigration to Medina to meet the Prophet, Peace be upon Him, the first mosque was built in Oman. This is Al Midhmar Mosque that still stands to this day in Wilayt Samail . These events paved the way for the two kings of Oman at that time, Jua’fer and Abd Ibni Al Jalandi, to enter Islam wholeheartedly and with utter conviction after receiving a letter from the Prophet, Peace be upon Him. A Hadith mentions that the Prophet, Peace be upon Him, said “God’s mercy be on the people of Al Ghubaira” (i.e. the people of Oman). “They have believed in me although they had not seen me”. Also stated in the sermon our Master Abu Bakr Al-Sidiq, the caliph of the Prophet, Peace be upon Him, to the people of Oman: “People of Oman you, you have entered Islam voluntarily although the Prophet has not come to your land on foot or on horse. You have not opposed him as other Arabs opposed him, and you have not called for separation or dispersion. May God unite you in benevolence.”



    With the election of Ibn Masood, the first imam, in 751 AD, the Imamate era began in Oman and lasted four centuries until 1154. Several attempts were made to restore the rule of the Imamate in Oman in the mid-fifteenth century, but did not succeed.

    During the period 1498-1507 AD, the Portuguese tried to control Oman. Omani history tells the story of the Omani people who expelled the Portuguese with their struggle and heroism. Nasser bin Murshid was elected Imam in 1624.



    Because of the coastal location of Oman, the Omani navy occupied a leading position regionally. This sparked the ire of the Portuguese, who did not forget their devastating defeat. Fierce battles erupted between the Portuguese Navy (which had made India its base after the liberation of Oman) and the strong Omani navy. After a fierce battle, the Omani fleet was able to defeat the Portuguese fleet.

    In 1698, the Omani Empire then expanded to include the cities of the African east coast, stretching from Mombasa to Kila, Zanzibar, Pemba and Bata. Mozambique remained under Portuguese rule until the twentieth century.

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    Oman had been the target of a number of attempts by the Persians to invade its territory, but the steadfastness and heroism of the Omanis were successfully combined to defeat the occupier. The invaders were defeated, underscoring the exploits of Omani heroes in defending their lands. This great victory was achieved at the hands of Imam Ahmed bin Saeed Al Busaidi, who defeated the Persians and was elected imam.

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    courtesy of 'Sultanate of Oman' travel website.

    Oman has a very rich history. Food.com doesn't have many Omani recipes(currently 5: NA/ME visits OMAN! #614382). This month we will focus on learning about the country while submitting Omani recipes! Each week, I will present a focus of discussion. I would like everyone to post a little something over the course of the week related to the discussion. We will NOT be discussing religion or politics. Capisce?

    week 1 - family life
    week 2 - holidays/festivals
    week 3 - tourism
    week 4 - food!

    Throughout the month, please scour your cookbooks, magazines & the internet for recipes! Submit them to Food & post links as they're approved. A bonus here, you're NA/ME cookbook will be beefed up for the next ZWT that we visit NA/ME...

    ..


    Last edited by Elmotoo on Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:24 pm, edited 5 times in total
    Elmotoo
    Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:55 am
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    JANUARY PARTICIPANTS!
    Annacia #169430
    Elmotoo #163112
    Mia in Germany #895132
    Baby Kato #128473
    Cookgirl #47892
    Sharon123 #37449
    UmmBinat #593927
    Sage #20480
    windhorse23 #194993
    Dienia B. #107135
    ElaineAnn #201581
    threeovens #865936
    Um Safia #510313


    Last edited by Elmotoo on Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:45 pm, edited 5 times in total
    Elmotoo
    Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:59 am
    Forum Host
    ........................................*NEW RECIPES*

    Egg Salad in Tomato Accordions #492863
    Omani Spice Mix #482862
    Omani Coffee #492861
    Omani Hibiscus Tea #492860
    Omani Lamb Knuckle (Shanks) Soup (Mazza Bishurba) #390445
    (Balalit, Saweeya or Seviyan) Sweet Vermicelli Breakfast #361328
    Omani Pudding #492791
    Mezroota #172827
    Chicken Kabouli (Al-Batena Style) #492976
    Chicken Kabouli (Muscat Style) #492975
    Chicken Kabouli (Interior Style) #492972
    Omani-Style Lamb #492978
    Omani Cashew Barfi #492981
    Coffee Cream, an Omani Dessert #493002
    Baby Spinach Salad With Dates & Almonds #493013
    Zucchini Sauce Omani Style(For Kofta) #493003
    Omani Shurbat Hareese #493013
    Mango Custard Oman Style #493092
    My Favourite Sweet Toasted Vermicelli for Ramadan #385957
    Spinach Mushroom Rice Bake Oman Style #492598
    Bapalo Omani Fish Soup #493090
    Oman Zucchini Spinach Soup #493088
    Tuna over Rice Oman #492955
    Khabeesa Oman Cream of Wheat #492953
    Omani Fish Curry #129457
    Bezar Spice Mix Oman #493288
    Fish Matchboos Oman #493287
    Oman Meatball Subs #493279
    Dates and Cream, a Dessert from Oman #493301
    Omans' Gift: Frankincense Ice Cream #493308
    Mirza Ghasemi Mashed Eggplants With Eggs #493344
    Dajaj Salona #493342
    Cucumber Pomegrante Salad #493309
    Djaj Fouq El-Eish, a Chicken Dish from Oman #493454
    Oman Potato Chip Sandwich #493492
    Cantaloupe and Watermelon Salad #493438
    Chai Salah #493497
    Palda #13086
    Juz Al-Hind Cake - Coconut Cake from Oman #43597
    Banana Cake-Omani Style (With Variations) #493594
    Dates and Cream, a Dessert from Oman #493301


    Last edited by Elmotoo on Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:47 pm, edited 14 times in total
    Elmotoo
    Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:59 am
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    (just in case space)
    Annacia
    Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:15 am
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    Me please, I'm in for some cultural exploration icon_biggrin.gif
    Elmotoo
    Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:25 am
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    Annacia wrote:
    Me please, I'm in for some cultural exploration icon_biggrin.gif

    Welcome, welcome, Annacia!!
    Elmotoo
    Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:49 am
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    A, I'll make your Khabeesa is you make mine? They're different but i think the end result is somewhat similar? I made mine the other day & it's delish!
    Annacia
    Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:13 pm
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    Deal, I'm always into to trying new things icon_biggrin.gif
    Mia in Germany
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:15 pm
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    Happy New Year!!
    I don't think that I've ever made something from Oman - I just had chewable frankincense which my best friend brought me from there icon_eek.gif
    After an stressful end of year I so want to find the time to go on new culinary adventures. So, this is my next attempt to get active icon_lol.gif
    Loved the intro of this thread!
    Elmotoo
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:25 pm
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    Mia in Germany wrote:
    Happy New Year!!
    I don't think that I've ever made something from Oman - I just had chewable frankincense which my best friend brought me from there icon_eek.gif
    After an stressful end of year I so want to find the time to go on new culinary adventures. So, this is my next attempt to get active icon_lol.gif
    Loved the intro of this thread!


    Mia darling! mwa mwa! (blowing kisses, lol) Welcome to 2013! icon_eek.gif What does chewable frankincense taste like?
    Baby Kato
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:42 pm
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    Happy New Year to Anna & Bethie & Mia, hope 2013 will be a great year for all of you.

    Morroco was fun, I promise to come back later and explore OMAN..... icon_lol.gif
    Cookgirl
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:51 pm
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    A new cuisine for me as well!


    Hello!


    Mia in Germany
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:52 pm
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    Elmotoo wrote:


    Mia darling! mwa mwa! (blowing kisses, lol) Welcome to 2013! icon_eek.gif What does chewable frankincense taste like?


    Thank you for the warm welcome icon_biggrin.gif
    So glad to be here!
    Hmmm, actually frankincense tastes like frankincense... sorry, that was a stupid one, but I can't compare it to anything. Or well, maybe if you know how resin tastes, you can get the idea. Did you ever try Greek white wine called retsina? The resin taste in it might give you an idea.

    Annacia
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:02 pm
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    This year is looking better already icon_biggrin.gif

    Hello and a big welcome to CG, Mia and BK.

    Something a bit different in that we are going to be finding Omani recipes to post here on Food. Actually having chats too about Elmo's Topic of the week. icon_biggrin.gif
    Annacia
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:04 pm
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    Mia in Germany wrote:
    Elmotoo wrote:


    Mia darling! mwa mwa! (blowing kisses, lol) Welcome to 2013! icon_eek.gif What does chewable frankincense taste like?


    Thank you for the warm welcome icon_biggrin.gif
    So glad to be here!
    Hmmm, actually frankincense tastes like frankincense... sorry, that was a stupid one, but I can't compare it to anything. Or well, maybe if you know how resin tastes, you can get the idea. Did you ever try Greek white wine called retsina? The resin taste in it might give you an idea.



    Sounds less than wonderful. Will you be having it again Mia?
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