Archive for 2017

Nisf Sha’aban – 2017

May 11th, 2017

Sha’aban is the eighth month of the Islamic calender, it is the month before Ramadan.

Nisf Sha’aban or Mid-Sha’aban is the 15th day of the eighth month (sha’aban) of the Islamic lunar calendar. Laylat Nisf Sha’aban is the night preceding the 15th day of Sha’aban. The most important event at the fifteenth of Sha’aban was the changing of the qiblah which was ordered by God from Masjid Al-Aqsa (Al-Aqsa Mosque) in Jerusalem, to Masjid Al-Haram (The Sacred Mosque) in Mecca.

In Syria, it is a tradition to celebrate Nisf Sha’aban every year. In Hama, special sweets are prepared for this occasion, these sweets can’t be found on other days of the year, they are Ma’amoul Abiad, Makbouseh, Mahia and Bashmina. In Aleppo, the food prepared for Nisf Sha’aban is different, the occasion is celebrated by making Ma’arouk Nisf Sha’aban (recipe next post) and Sambousek Lahmeh (meat pies).

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To Aleppo With Love – Kibbeh Eswaret As-Set

April 30th, 2017

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

Kibbeh Eswaret As-Set (Lady Bracelet), an authentic Aleppine dish. It is kibbeh dough stuffed with a mixture of ground meat and nuts, then shaped into balls and baked in the oven.

Let’s make Kibbeh Eswaret As-Set:

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Meghli Hamwi

April 23rd, 2017

Meghli is a traditional dessert made to celebrate the birth of a baby. It is good for the baby’s mother and is served to guests when they come to offer their congratulations. In Damascus, Meghli is called Carawya (the word carawya is the Arabic for caraway), it is rice flour pudding spiced with caraway. But in Hama, Meghli is different, Meghli Hamwi is boiled water spiced with anise and fennel.

Let’s make Meghli Hamwi:

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To Aleppo With Love – Kabab Bathenjan

March 31st, 2017

Kabab Bathenjan (Eggplant Kabab) is Aleppine dish that consists of grilled lamb meatball and grilled eggplants, served with a mixture of sauteed onion and peppers.

Let’s make Kabab Bathenjan:

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To Aleppo With Love – Aruz Bel-Halib Mbattan

February 28th, 2017

Aruz Bel-Halib Mbattan (Padded Rice Pudding) is a beautiful Aleppine layered pudding. The bottom part is Aruz Bel-Halib (rice pudding) and it is topped with orange pudding.

Let’s make Aruz Bel-Halib Mbattan:

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