Expat Kitchen Visit :: Syrian Delights
You Are Here 4:52 PM
After that we moved on to this sweet treat that is also usually eaten for breakfast which had also been shipped from Syria. This is Tahini, sugar, and marshmallow. No not the white balls for smores, but the real flower that the original marshmallow came from. The treat was soft, sweet, and nutty. You couldn't eat much, but it was so smoothy and comforting you just wanted to keep nibbling away all afternoon.
After that he brought out the star of the meal: a strong, earthy, traditional goat cheese sent from Syria. He told us beutiful stories of his father's love of the cheese and how they prepared it and kept it back home. He said that in Syria they buy the cheese once a year and keep it in a brine of salt and sesame. It doesn't not need to be refrigerated. You just scoop out what you need, rinse it and eat it.
For the main course he made used rice cakes to make a fusion dish that was like a gnocchi or pasta. We were very inspired and will try something like this at home as well. It melted in your mouth. We listened to stories about how his mom worked all year to prepare the foods for the family, carefully preparing all of the staples through out the year.
The final course was a delicious steak rubbed in spices with onions, peppers, and garlic. It was delicious. So very, very delicious and we ate it while he told us stories of his father's "meat charisma" and how he learned to chose the best meat for each dish. These stories made every bite taste even more delicious than the last, and it was already as tasty as it comes.