CULTURAL FOODS IN THE MIDDLE EAST,GREECE AND THE MEDITERANIAN REGION
MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIESThe middle east country is a loosely defined geographic region. Most of the Middle East countries are part of the Asia, with the exception of Egypt, which is part of Africa, and the northwestern part of Turkey, which is part of European landmass.
Middle East also known as the Islamic Realm, because of the prevalence of Islam with majority of the people observing the Muslim religion. These nations are: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
In general, Middle East cuisine is rich in spices, such as all spice, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, dill, fennel, nutmeg, and pepper. Fresh garlic, onions, ginger, and turmeric are other popular flavoring ingredients.
SOME OF THE MIDDLE EAST SPICES
AFGHANISTAN*A landlocked country.*Its climate is arid and semi arid with cold winters and hot summers.*The country remains extremely poor, and highly dependent on foreign aid, farming, and trade with neighboring countries.
Afghanistan cuisineis largely based upon the nation's chief crops: cereals like wheat, maize,barley and rice. Accompanying these staples are dairy products (yogurt and whey), various nuts, and native vegetables, as well as fresh and dried fruits; Afghanistan is well known for its grapes. Afghanistan's culinary specialties reflect its ethnic and geographic diversity. Though it has similarities with neighboring countries, Afghan cuisine is undeniably unique, and has been considered to be one of the most flavorsome of cuisines.
ARMENIA*Got its independence in 1991. Smallest area of the former USSR.*Favorite foods and recipes include: caviar, lamb dishes, casserole dishes with vegetable ( commonly used spinach, eggplant, squash, green beans, tomatoes, onions, and peppers.
POTATO DUMPLINGS CALLED TOPIK (TOPIG)
•POPULAR SOUP WITH YOGURT(MATZOUN)PASTIRMA
AZERBAIJANSituated on the Western coast of the Caspian sea. Occupies one of Asian continent’s strategic crossroads between East and West. Given the geographic reality, many kingdoms and empires, and such famous warriors as the Roman General Pompey, Alexander the great, Tamerlane and Genghis Khan, have fought to assert control over the kingdom.
The art of cookery in Azerbaijan Azerbaijan cuisine is original, poignant and reflects the richness of the country by itself. It constitute the abundance of meat (lamb, mutton, and beef), fish and vegetable dishes seasoned by sweet scented greens and spices
POPULAR DISHESParcha BozbashDOVGA
BAHRAINIs an archipelago of 36 small islands located halfway between the Arabian Gulf and East coast of Saudi Arabia. Climate similar to Saudi Arabia, but cooler because of the bodies of water around the islands.
Bahrain Typical MealsBREAKFAST*Usually eggs and cheese, bread and jam, and a hot of beverage.