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    A Culinary Tour of YEMEN!

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    Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:41 pm
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    Officially known as the Yemeni Republic, is an Arab country located in Western Asia, occupying the southwestern to southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen is the second largest country in the peninsula, occupying 527,970 km2 (203,850 sq mi). The coastline stretches for about 2,000 km (1,200 mi). It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, the Red Sea to the west, the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea to the south, and Oman to the east.

    Yemen is one of the oldest centers of civilization in the Near East. Its capital and largest city is Sana'a. Yemen's territory includes more than 200 islands, the largest of which is Socotra, about 354 km (220 mi) to the south of mainland Yemen. It is the only state in the Arabian Peninsula to have a purely republican form of government. Yemen was the first country in the peninsula to grant women the right to vote. Yemeni unification took place on 22 May 1990, when North Yemen was united with South Yemen, forming the Republic of Yemen.

    The majority of Yemen's population live in rural or tribal areas, and it is one of the least developed countries in the world.

    quick FYI that I stumbled across:

    Yemen Cuisine
    145 Court St Brooklyn, NY 11201
    (718) 624-9325
    Yemen Cuisine

    Hmmm...Yemeni cuisine is entirely distinct from the more widely known Middle Eastern cuisines and even differs slightly from region to region. Throughout history Yemeni cuisine has had a little bit of ottoman influence in some parts of the north and very little Mughlai-style Indian influence in Aden and the surrounding areas in the south, but these influences have only come within the last 300 years. Yemeni Cuisine is extremely popular among the Arab States of the Persian Gulf.

    Chicken, goat, and lamb are eaten more often than beef, which is expensive. Fish is also eaten, especially in the coastal areas. Cheese, butter, and other dairy products are less common in the Yemeni diet. Buttermilk is enjoyed almost daily in some villages where it is most available. The most commonly used fats are vegetable oil and ghee used in savory dishes, and clarified butter, known as semn used in pastries.

    A spice mixture known as hawaij is employed in many Yemeni dishes. Hawaij includes aniseed, fennel seeds, ginger, and cardamom.

    Yemeni dishes
    Some common Yemeni dishes include: aseed, Bint AlSahn, Zurbiyan, fahsa, fatta, fatoot, ful medames, hareesh, jachnun, komroh, mandi, mutabbaq, Samak Mofa, shafut, skhug, Kabsah, Hanith.

    Although each region has their own variation, Saltah is considered the national dish. The base is a brown meat stew called maraq, a dollop of fenugreek froth, and sahawiq or sahowqa (a mixture of chili peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and herbs ground into a salsa). Rice, potatoes, scrambled eggs, and vegetables are common additions to saltah. It is eaten traditionally with Yemeni flat bread, which serves as a utensil to scoop up the food.

    Ogdat, meaning knot in Arabic, is a stew made from tying and mixing all the ingredients together. There are many types of ogda and it can be made with small pieces of lamb, chicken, or fish that is mixed and cooked together with any vegetables including tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, etc.

    Yemeni bread varieties
    Tawa, Tameez, Laxoox, Malooga, Kader, Fateer, Kudam, Rashoosh, Oshar, Khamira, and Malawah are popular breads eaten in Yemen. Flat bread is usually baked at home in a tandoor called taboon. Malooga, khubz, and khamira are popular homemade breads. Store-bought pita bread and roti (bread rolls like French bread) are also common.

    Black tea
    Milk tea "Shahi Haleeb" (after qat), black tea (with clove, cardamom, or mint), qishr (coffee husks), Qahwa (coffee), Karkadin (an infusion of dried hibiscus flowers), Naqe'e Al Zabib (cold raisin drink), and diba'a (squash nectar) are examples of Yemeni drinks. Mango and guava juice are also popular.

    Although coffee and tea are consumed throughout Yemen, coffee is the preferred drink in Sana'a, whereas black tea is the beverage of choice in Aden and Hadhramaut. Tea is consumed along with breakfast, after lunch (occasionally with sweets and pastries), and along with dinner. Popular flavorings include cloves with cardamom and mint. A drink made from coffee husks called qishr is also enjoyed.

    A culinary Tour of Yemen!
    Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:42 pm
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    Mia in Germany
    icon_biggrin.gif Hawaij - Traditional Spice Mix from Yemen. #290246 by Um Safia
    Qishr - Yemeni Ginger Coffee #288851 by Um Safia
    Ginger Spice Coffee - Qishr #485791 by Annacia
    icon_biggrin.gif Chicken Zurbian Rice from Yemen #512529 by Annacia
    icon_biggrin.gif Samak Yemeni #341180 by Chef #1056187
    icon_biggrin.gif Yemen Style Kidney Beans and Toast Aka Fasoolia or Fool #202385 by Yemenia

    icon_biggrin.gif Yemen Rub #403880 by krolek

    Umm Binat
    icon_biggrin.gif Yemen Rub #403880 by krolek

    icon_biggrin.gif Yemeni Chai (Chai Adani) #199390 by lemoncurd
    icon_biggrin.gif Yemeni Lentil Soup #512528 by Annacia!
    icon_biggrin.gif Banana Milk from Yemen #513585 by Sharon123

    icon_biggrin.gif 'akwa - Traditional Yemeni Oxtail Stew #385823 by Um Safia

    Qishr - Yemeni Ginger Coffee #288851 by Um Safia

    Last edited by Elmotoo on Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:01 pm, edited 10 times in total
    Mia in Germany
    Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:59 pm
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    Found you wave.gif

    Great intro, thank you Bethie icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:49 pm
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    Thank you, Mia. I couldn't make the pics smaller. I'm thinking I should bold the words so they can actually be SEEN. icon_confused.gif
    Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:54 pm
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    Hey, that's my photo! icon_wink.gif

    I believe I have one lonely Yemeni recipe. icon_confused.gif

    I'm in!
    Mia in Germany
    Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:19 am
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    Actually I don't mind the large pics, they make my mouth water icon_lol.gif
    And here are my tags:

    Hawaij - Traditional Spice Mix from Yemen. #290246 by Um Safia
    Qishr - Yemeni Ginger Coffee #288851 by Um Safia
    Ginger Spice Coffee - Qishr #485791 by Annacia
    Chicken Zurbian Rice from Yemen #512529 by Annacia
    Samak Yemeni #341180 by Chef #1056187
    Yemen Style Kidney Beans and Toast Aka Fasoolia or Fool #202385 by Yemenia

    Going to have coffee now icon_razz.gif
    Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:19 pm
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    Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:24 am
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    Who can guess what I'll make first?
    Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:37 am
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    Mac and cheese? I don't know...??
    Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:02 am Groupie
    A spice mix like I did and will be back to tag and review!
    Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:16 pm Groupie
    I have made, enjoyed and reviewed,
    Yemen Rub # 403880
    Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:26 pm
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    Really?? I will make the CHAI recipe 1st. I've made most of the chai recipes on this site, lol.
    Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:01 pm
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    Hi Gal's

    I'm sorry for being m.i.a. for the opening. I was shopping for new flooring and paint for 2 days. The 3rd day we started painting the living room Then rebuilding the crooked wall in the hallway and after that started laying the floor planks.

    Still need to paint the hallway and side kitchen wall and continue the flooring through the kitchen and bedroom. I haven't even been able to reach my stove for 2 days. It's been cold sandwich's and micro wave heated food!

    Lets see what I can tag. icon_biggrin.gif
    Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:18 pm
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    'akwa - Traditional Yemeni Oxtail Stew #385823 by Um Safia (I have oxtails in the freezer!)
    Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:28 pm
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    Annacia wrote:

    'akwa - Traditional Yemeni Oxtail Stew #385823 by Um Safia (I have oxtails in the freezer!)

    Why does that sentence remind me of poor Eeyore in Milne's Winnie the Pooh book?

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