Our Arab Breakfast (With Gluten Free Option)

Our Arab Breakfast (With Gluten Free Option) created by Random Rachel

This is what we often eat for a regular days breakfast.

Ready In:
25mins
Serves:
Units:

ingredients

  • BREAKFAST TEA

  • 3 orange pekoe tea bags (I use Tetley tea bags)
  • 2 12 cups water
  • heavy cream (or half-and half)
  • 6 teaspoons white sugar (to taste)
  • 7 cardamom pods, crushed slightly
  • CHEESE PREPARATION

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (A good quality please!)
  • halloumi cheese (Haloom, Arabic, hellim -Turkish)
  • 14 cup all-purpose flour (to be gluten free I use white rice flour or a mix with tapioca starch in 1/2 the amount)
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • THE REST

  • 1 large pita bread (1 bag, Do NOT use if gluten free)
  • rice crackers (optional, for the gluten free)
  • 14 cup butter, sliced
  • yogurt cheese balls in oil or goat feta cheese, sliced
  • assorted gourmet olive
  • hummus (homemade or store bought, ours tends to be the later)
  • assortment fresh fruit, cut up into chunks (lovely sprinkled with orange blossom water & sugar if needed)

directions

  • Heat water & cardamom pods covered in a pot until boiling.
  • Drop in tea bags and simmer covered for about 1 1/2 minutes add sugar to taste along with the cream and keep simmering and adjusting cream to your desired amount not worrying about the fat content, only the taste :) This is called breakfast tea or you could use, Recipe #286617. Serve in regular tea cup/mugs.
  • Now slice the haloumi cheese into thick slices and rinse with water. Do not dry.
  • Place the flour on a flat surface and dip each piece of haloumi cheese to coat all sides in a light fashion. You may use just half the package.
  • Heat the olive oil on medium high and fry cheese slices until lightly golden reducing the heat as needed.
  • Remove to a plate and place halved lemon around it to squeeze on top while eating.
  • Place butter, cheeses, gourmet olives, hummus drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil, the fruits (lovely sprinkled with orange blossom water & sugar if needed if wished) on their own plates or in bowls.
  • Lay this all out on a low table or blanket/newspapers on the floor. This is both traditional and Islamic to sit on the floor while eating.
  • Lay out spoons for the fruit and heat the bread until warm with your preferred method just before serving.
  • Scoop up cheeses etc in bread pulled in half. (That's the way to do it traditionally) I serve rice crackers to as we are gluten free.
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  1. Random Rachel
    Our Arab Breakfast (With Gluten Free Option) Created by Random Rachel
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  2. Random Rachel
    This was an interesting change from our normal breakfast. I couldn't find halloumi cheese so I used queso fresco instead - I found it to be very heavy compared to the rest of the meal. The tea was lovely! I cut our pitas in to quarters (easier for little hands to eat) and added some tomatoes. I liked having the olives, cheese, and fruit for breakfast, and will probably do it again. For ZWT6 N.
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  3. UmmBinat
    This is what we often eat for a regular days breakfast.
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