To Aleppo With Love – Kibbeh Bi-Safarjaliyeh

April 4th, 2015

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Aleppo is known as “the home of stuffed vegetables and kibab (plural of kibbeh) حلب أم المحاشي و الكبب. In “The Encyclopedia of Aleppo”, it is mentioned that there are more than 60 kinds of Kibbeh in Aleppo.

Kibbeh Bi-Safarjaliyeh is Kibbeh with Quince, an authentic Aleppine dish that combines sour and sweet taste. Safarjaliyeh itself is Quince cooked with meat, tomato juice and pomegranate juice. When kibbeh is added to Safarjaliyeh, the dish is called “Kibbeh Bi-Safarjaliye”. Quince in Arabic is “Safarjal” and “Safarjaliyeh’ is derived from it.

Let’s make Kibbeh Bi-Safarjaliyeh

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To Aleppo With Love – Kibbeh Naiyeh Bi-Zeit Az-Zeitoun

March 7th, 2015

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Kibbeh Naiyeh means raw kibbeh, it consists of minced raw meat mixed with bulgur and spices. Kibbeh Naiyeh Bi-Zeit Az-Zeitoun means raw kibbeh with olive oil and doesn’t have meat. It is a creation belongs to Aleppo city, served as appetizer. It is made with bulgur, tomato paste, red pepper paste, spices, onion sauteed with olive oil, and nuts.

Let’s make Kibbeh Naiyeh Be-Zeit Az-Zeitoun:

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Orange Blossom Water Turns Six!

February 28th, 2015

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Today my blog celebrates its sixth birthday, I simply can’t believe I’ve been blogging for this long.

For this special day, I made “Ma’rouk Halabi” a sweet bread can be eaten plain or can can be stuffed with (cheese, date paste, chocolate, Nutella,…), this bread is a specially of Aleppo, I’ll post the recipe later.

Thank you everyone for your kind comments and emails, and thanks for following Orange Blossom Water, I really appreciate it.

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To Aleppo With Love – Al-Bhar Al-Halabi

February 27th, 2015

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Al-Bhar Al-Halabi (Bhar Al-Daqqah Al-Halabi) is Aleppine seven-spice mixture which belongs to Aleppo city. Bhar means “spices”, Halabi means “From Aleppo”, Aleppo in Arabic is “Halab”, and “Halabi” is derived from “Halab”. Al-Bhar Al-Halabi is widely used in Aleppine dishes.

Let’s make Al-Bhar Al-Halabi:

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To Aleppo With Love – Introduction, Part 2

January 24th, 2015

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Syrian cuisine in general, and especially Aleppine cuisine, has a very wide selection of dishes. Being surrounded by olive, nut and fruit orchards, Aleppo is famous for a love of eating, as the cuisine is the product of fertile land and location along the Silk Road. The International Academy of Gastronomy in France awarded Aleppo its culinary prize in 2007. But in fact, Aleppo was a food capital long before Paris, because of its diverse communities of Arabs, Kurds, Armenians, Circassians and a sizable Arab Christian population. All of those groups contributed food traditions, since Aleppo was part of the Ottoman Empire.

Aleppo prides itself on the best cuisine in the Middle East, the city has a vast selection of different types of dishes, and this post is just a brief introduction about Aleppine cuisine, everything here (dishes, or ingredients) are specialty of Aleppo.

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