Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Sweets from the Middle East

Everywhere Magazine - Johanna Stigter -



The Middle East is not all about conflict and problems. There is much beauty and culture to be discovered there. The sweets I discovered on my journeys to the Middle East is an experience not to be missed.

If you’re on a diet, than a sweet shop in the Middle East is a wicked place to be. Giant round trays of baklava, mini mountains of nut filled goodies oozing in syrup are displayed in sweet shops daily.

I was amazed at the sheer quantities on display. Neatly piled stacks almost reaching the ceiling and giant round trays tightly packed with glistening pastries. Families are large in the Middle East and family gatherings can mean 50 people and more at a get together. It’s not unusual to see someone leaving a shop laden with kilos of goodies.

4 comments:

  1. Off Topic:
    Hi Jad,
    you replied to my comment on Mommabean's blog. I felt it inappropriate to respond to you there. I hope you don't mind that I reply here, since I felt it would be taking advantage of her blog.
    To the best of my recollection, NG sends out a box that has the swabs so that you can sweep your mouth cheeks (comletely painless, and blood-free.) The walls of your mouth contain a lot of loose cells that can easily be extracted using their special cotton swabs. As a male, you are given the choice to either do the Y chromosome test (genealogy through your male ancestors)or the MT DNA test (mytochondrial DNA, i.e. the ancestry of your mother's side). One test per order (i.e. you have to choose one, you won't be able to find out the lineage of both parent in one box). Once you administer the swabs, you have to ship it back. Considering the reliability of shipping in Jordan, I can see the potential for one hinderance: JAMARIK (customs). And also the fact that it is labeled as Biohazzard, as best as I can remember.) But aside from that, Aramex I think is a reliable means of returning the package. It took them I think over 6 weeks to determine my Haplo group, but in the end they did. They notify you by e-mail that they have received your sample.:) Good luck and I hope you try this too.
    A pleasure talking to you.

    Ziad

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  2. Baglawa is really yummy, but how many really good sweets do we have? I prefer western sweets.

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