Za'atar

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Diane Nokes

Za'atar

I have just returned from a 10 day pilgrimage to Jerusalem to see on the newsletter a article about Za'atar!We had it several times-the Za'atar is mixed with olive oil and used as a dip with flatbread-yum! I have come back with a virus so the thought of food is not so tempting at the moment but when Im better we will have it as I bought a lot back!
Our son brought us Sumac from Morroco a while ago-another really useful spice-on meat and veg. Have not posted here before so thanks for reading!

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JamJar aka Chutney Queen

Za'atar

I remember Nigella had recipe for chicken with it few years back and I bought some in a London spice shop but was v.disappointed as not much flavour. Seasoned Pioneers I believe sell it on their website and I just know their's would be lovely.
Not sure what it contains - is sumac in it ?

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Chazza

Za'atar, sumac ...

What is sumac?

I've heard of Yma Sumac the performer, but she was realy Amy Camus with her name spelled backwards. Can't be that.

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SonyaK

Za'atar

Sumac the spice is derived from the berry of a plant called Rhus coriaria Rather tart and astringent in taste, sumac is often referred to as a "souring agent." It was once used to calm the stomach.

Sumac is best known as a major ingredient in "za'atar."
This is a spice blend that also includes sesame seeds, thyme and salt. Za'atar is sprinkled on vegetables and freshly baked flatbread. It is mixed into olive oil or yogurt for a zippy dip. Spellings for this mixture are as varied as that of sumac.

Hope that helps Chazza. Definitely not a performer with a back-to -front name!!

Yes, Gerry, Sumac is certainly in Za'atar.

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SonyaK

Sumac

Chazza
If you looked on the "Ingredients under the microscope..." on the home page there is a link to explain such things as za'atar and sumac.
How easy is that?

I realised that after I'd Googled it!!!

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Chazza

Za'atar

Oh yes - tis there indeed

wrote Diane "...to see on the newsletter a article about Za'atar..."

suppose that was a clue I should have picked up on :-) But it sounds very interesting, also the book, even just the combination of sesame and thyme's quite inspirational

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Gerry

za'atar

"I bought a lot back!"
Diane, check on storage info as I read it doesn't last too well and should be in cold, dry and dark conditions.
I'd not heard of it until reading your post yesterday, so bought it when I saw a tin in Waitrose when shopping later. Had it over boiled potatoes for breakfast and wasn't too keen; perhaps that wasn't the best thing to do with it.

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SonyaK

za'atar

Had it over boiled potatoes for breakfast and wasn't too keen; perhaps that wasn't the best thing to do with it.'

Can't quite imagine boiled potatoes for breakfast - with or without za'atar!!! But each to their own!!

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Diane Nokes

Not on spuds!!

Honestly Za'atar is lovely but as a dip- make it with good olive oil and use a decent bread/pitta/flatbread! Sumac is a lemon flavourd spice- I use when I roast new potatos and any meat-it really is lovely-it seems to go with anything -do try it folks!

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Gravy Queen

Za'atar

I got my Za'atar and Sumac from Seasoned Pioneers. Nigella does do a lovely Chicken Za'atar recipe which also goes well with her Fattoush salad with sumac.

 
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