[Sca-cooks] Labneh as a substitute for "cream cheese"

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 15 00:44:55 PST 2009

Sorry, my poor English maybe gave the impression I was telling on the olive
oil as an ingredient of the zatar. I never said that. I ment in Palestine,
Jordan and Syria, the places I travelled to in many ocassions, people often
eat at breakfast pita bread with olive oil, lebnah and zatar.

On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 6:51 AM, <lilinah at earthlink.net> wrote:

> Judith wrote:
>  On 13 Dec 2009, at 12:50 PM, Ana Vald?s wrote:
>>  > I had labneh with pita bread, olive oil and zathar in Damascus last
>> month,
>>  > it was wonderful!
>>  > It's the typical Palestine/Middle East peasant breakfast. Zathar is
>> made of
>>  > thyme and other herbs and it tasted wonderful together with the lebnah
>> and
>>  > the olive oil!
>>  > Ana
>> Any relation to za'atar, which is predominantly hyssop, sesame seeds, and
>> a handful of other dried ground herbs?
> Take a look in Stefan's Florilegium. We've had long complex discussions of
> zatar (many and various Romanizations) over the years.
> Zatar is an herb. But exactly which varies regionally throughout the
> Levant, although they're generally related.
> There is also the blend of stuff called zatar, which is composed of zatar
> herb, sesame seeds, and...
> ...well, 'cuz there are regional variations in the blend, not just in what
> herb is used, but whether it includes salt or not, whether it includes sumac
> or not. And the blend usually doesn't include olive oil. That may or may be
> added when zatar is used.
> The herb zatar is period, although it is translated various ways. The blend
> of zatar, sesame seeds, and... whatever, is, to the best of my knowledge,
> not period.
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