Got Shawarma?

 

Last night we said “good-bye” to Qatar with a traditional shawarma (Middle Eastern Sandwich) dinner. Typically in Qatar the big meal of the day is lunchtime and, as I am a big fan of shawarma after my time spent in Paris enjoying the delicious Middle Eastern Cuisine there, I couldn’t pass up the chance to have a “lighter” dinner this time.

Once again, we had special guests tonight joining us, my dear friend Jessica from college and her super cutie daughters.  Before our meal, we all got down on our faces as we had done earlier in the week in Qatari fashion and gave thanks to God for all he provides.

Tonight’s Menu:

Homemade Hummus with Pitas

Instead of using forks to eat, Qataris use flat-breads to scoop up the meal. We decided to do the same.

Lamb and Beef Shawarmas

The Schawarmas were made by marinating thin strips of lamb and beef in a yogurt sauce made of: cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, garlic, salt and Greek yogurt.  Then the meat was broiled until brown and served wrapped in a pita with hummus and a garlic yogurt sauce.  Simply delicious!

Motabel-Eggplant and Tahini Puree

For dessert we had two options: a milk-style pudding flavored with rose water…

Mehalabiya

 and a Middle-Eastern-style bread pudding.

Umm Ali (The Mother of Ali)

This bread pudding was AMAZING, definitely something I will tuck into my recipe collection for the future. Made with puff pastry, it had a lot more flakiness than traditional bread pudding and, combined with almonds, raisins and pine nuts, brought wonderful flavor to the conclusion of our meal.  Of course we did not leave out the strong, cardamom-infused, coffee, which we served with dessert. However, I can’t seem to find a picture of it, so you’ll just have to imagine it.

Thank you Qatar for yet another wonderful week on our learning adventure.  We have been near your country several times now in our visits to Israel, Lebanon and Oman, but now we are heading East to Russia and we won’t be back your way until “Y” (Yemen). Thank you for introducing us to your beautiful, intricate art, your style of praying and your delicious cuisine.


MA’ASALAAMA

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