Friday, 13 April 2012

Mezze

Fattoush salad:
Mutabbal/Babaghanoush (eggplant mashed up and mixed with seasoning and served with pomegranate seeds):
Tabbouleh (bulgur, finely chopped parsley, mint, tomato, spring onion, with lemon juice, olive oil and various seasonings):
Hummus:
Backlava (a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey):

It's become too hot in Oman to be outside during the afternoon.  We had a little rain on Wednesday but it wasn't anything to shout about.  Apparently we're due to have rain for 3 days but I'm very skeptical about that, I can't ever remember it raining for more than one day so we'll just have to see.  So to avoid the heat today, my family and I went out for some Lebanese food with some of my mum's Lebanese friends who know the owner of the restaurant.  It was fantastic and as always I got carried away with the mezze.  

Mezze is usually a selection of small appetizers but in Lebanon it's a meal in it's own right.  A group of people will get together and order lots of different dishes to share between everyone.  The dishes such as tabbouleh and the fattoush are served first with the pitta bread and the hummus.  Then there is a selection of meats which are usually lamb and spicy fried chicken.  There are usually a lot of dishes on the table but you're not expected to eat just one dish by yourself, mezze is a very social meal and is about sharing food in the group.

For desert we were offered little Arabic sweets that the restaurant makes itself.  I've fallen head over heels in love with baklava.  The one we had was garnished with pistachios and inside the pastry were crushed pine nuts.  Complete heaven.

If you ever get the chance to have a real mezze in a genuine Arabic setting go for it! It's absolutely delicious and it's quite healthy because the food should all be freshly prepared using only the best ingredients.  I love going to this restaurant because I don't eat very much Arabic food when I'm in the UK or even in France because I know it won't compare to here.  

My weekend is drawing to a close this evening (in Oman the weekend is Thursday Friday), but I hope you all have a great start into yours!

x
Nina

5 comments

  1. The food looks really yummy! I haven't tried mezze food before, looks like you are spoilt for choice :) x

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