Our Arab Breakfast (With Gluten Free Option)

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Our Arab Breakfast (With Gluten Free Option)

Post by Guest on Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:50 am


Our Arab Breakfast (With Gluten Free Option)
By UmmBinat

Prep Time: 15 mins Total Time: 25 mins Serves: 3-4

About This Recipe:
"This is what we often eat for a regular days breakfast."

3 orange pekoe tea bags (I use Tetley tea bags)
2 1/2 cups water
heavy cream (or half-and half)
6 teaspoons white sugar (to taste)
7 cardamom pods, crushed slightly

1 tablespoon olive oil (A good quality please!)
halloumi cheese (Haloom in Arabic, hellim -Turkish)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (to be gluten free I use a mix of white rice flour with tapioca starch in 1/2 the amount)
1 lemon, cut in half

1 large pita bread (1 bag)
rice crackers (optional, for the gluten free)
1/4 cup butter, sliced
cream cheese (not kraft, Called Puck, Buck in Arabic, Danish cream cheese, no substitute) or yogurt cheese balls in oil or goat feta cheese, sliced
assorted gourmet olives
hummus (homemade or store bought, ours tends to be the later)
fresh fruit assortment, cut up into chunks (lovely sprinkled with orange blossom water & sugar if needed)

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 Smile 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 depending on how large the package is.
Heat the olive oil on medium high and fry flour dipped haloumi cheese slices until light golden reducing the heat as needed.

Remove to a plate and place halved lemon around it to squeeze on top.

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 traditionally Arab and also 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 though as we are gluten free.

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Re: Our Arab Breakfast (With Gluten Free Option)

Post by Guest on Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:44 pm

Wa alay kuma salaam wa rahamatulehe wa barakatu,

A breakfast buffet ay lol how cute. My husband dose that same thing he can eat it at any time of the day though. White cheese, hot peppers, pita bread, olives, pearl onions, foul other pickled veggies, honey, jam, tahini paste with garlic, parsley, spices and vinegar/lemon juice, malaises, eggs, hummus, those are most of the things he like to eat with pita bread might be a couple other things to. Not all at one time but different assortments at different times I have the the odd time to.

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