In early 2008 we spent a few days in the northwest Iranian city of Tabriz. We wanted to go to Tehran but all the roads were closed by snow so instead we got to know Tabriz. One of our favourite routines became going for breakfast at tiny restaurants that served honey, freshly drained from the honeycomb, along with a thick, spreadable cream and warm bread for breakfast. So simple yet so delicious. The bread should be like a plain naan bread and you can serve this with either sugary tea (no milk for Iranian style) or plain hot milk. A lighter version of this is yogurt with honey mixed in. Iranians also like honey and butter together on bread. Honey and just about anything is good!
From the food and cooking of Spain, Africa and the middle east. Barberries can be found in middle eastern or international markets. Currants or dried cranberries could probably be substituted if you can't find them - but they're worth finding, as they lend a distinct tartness that goes well with the other flavors. (prep time does not include time needed to soak rice beforehand if you choose to do that, though I describe a shortcut method in the directions, as did a reviewer)
Nan-e Barbari is a popular Persian flatbread. It is often eaten with salty soft cheese such as feta with herbs (sabzi) or jam and a cup of tea for breakfast. It is similar to Armenian matnakash bread. I made this once for my Iranian boyfriend's parents and they approved :)
Nice light flavoured naturally-wheat free cookies from Iran. They are similar to ghorabeyeh, an Arabian Gulf shortbread cookie. The addition of eggs in this results in a fluffy, delicate texture. If rice flour is unavailable, grind raw rice or cream of rice to a fine powder in a coffee or spice grinder. This is a really light, fragrant cookie and is especially good with tea or (rice/moo) milk. Modified mainly from http://dessertofthemonthclub.blogspot.com by Kat.
I love these melting-in-your-mouth cookies! For chewier cookies, refrigerate the dough beforehand and bake it for a shorter period. For crispier ones, bake the dough longer or refrigerate the baked cookies.They'll flatten out during baking so leave enough space between them.
Years ago, when I cooked for a caterer, we catered an affair for Frank Purdue (of chicken fame!) at the Boston Aquarium. This was what he chose as one of the dishes featuring his chicken. I fell in love with it!