November 10th, 2009
A Typical Syrian Breakfast consists of Syrian Cheeses, Eggs, Foul Mdammas (Fava Beans Salad), Halawa, Hummus, Jams, Laban Arabi (Sheep’s Milk Yogurt), Laban Baqari (Cow’s Milk Yogurt), Labneh, Makdous, Olives (Green Olives and Black Olives), Olive Oil, Qarisheh, Shanklish, Sliced Cucumber, Sliced Tomato, Za’atar, served with Khubz Arabi (Arabic Bread) and Tea. Mamouniyeh and Sha’eebiyyat are also served for breakfast.
In my future posts, I will write in details about these topics:
Jebneh (Syrian Cheeses)
Qarisheh and Shenklish
Zaytoon (Olives – Green Olives and Black Olives)
Scroll down for pictures, and read about the Aghabani Tablecloth, and about Typical Syrian Breakfast.
Above: Four pictures of table cloth and Napkins. I want to tell you these information about this tablecloth.
The name Aghabani is said to come from the original saffron colored embroidery as well as the type of stitch used. In the past both the material and embroidery thread were made of silk, however to accommodate practicality and affordability, the silk material and thread was replaced with 100% cotton and man-made silk thread for the material and embroidery. There are many names for the various Aghabani designs such as ‘Joklan’, ‘Zaher’, ‘Al-Ghareeb’, ‘Wardat Al Subeeya’, Al-Fole’, Hab Al-Bondok’, ‘Hab Al-Snobar’.
All the designs come from surrounding flora in the region. Some experts believe that Aghabani production started in Homs and then moved to Damascus due to lack of demand and workers, others say that Aghabani production originated in Damascus.
Known for its versatility, the Damascene artisans took Aghabani embroidery and expanded its use to all sorts of textile goods including clothing and tablecloths. Today the embroidery and manufacturing of Aghabani textile goods are made in Douma and Harasta (2 small towns outside of Damascus ). The designs are printed on material and filled with embroidery of different colored threads. Because each seamstress has his or her way of completing the embroidery it is hard to get 2 pieces the same.
Aghabani tablecloths also come with a set of embroidered napkins. It comes in different sizes, with 6 or 8 or 12 napkins depending on the size of the tablecloth, the original Aghabani is made from gold threads but lately you can find it in different colors.
Laban Arabi (Sheep’s Milk Yogurt).
Baby Eggplant Jam.
Khubz Arabi (Arabic Flat Bread), I like to cut the bread into triangles.
You can see in the picture everything, Syrian Cheeses, Halawa, Jams, Laban Arabi (Sheep’s Milk Yogurt), Labneh, Makdous, Olives (Green Olives and Black Olives), Olive Oil, Qarisheh, Shanklish, Sliced Cucumber, Sliced Tomato, Za’atar, served with Khubz Arabi (Arabic Flat Bread) and Tea.