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Cuisine - Middle Eastern
This Middle Easter dish is popular in Egypt and Sudan.  It contains quite a bit of sesame seeds, and they are one of the oldest plants grown for oil.  In Africa, sesame is call been or simsim.  Serve this dip with raw vegatables or crackers.

This sauce is thought to be of Tunisian origin, but is found throughout all of North Africa and the Middle East under various names and spellings. It is used to flavor couscous and grilled dishes such as brochettes, and also as a relish with salads. Cover this sauce with a thin film of olive oil and it will keep up to a couple of months in the refrigerator.

This is a favorite desert, using the ever-present rice. The vanilla essence is sometimes omitted in villages where it may not be available.

In Australia, we use a long loaf of Turkish bread for these sandwiches, but you can use Mexican bolillos or even Kaiser rolls. As you might expect, the sauce is the secret ingredient. The sandwiches can be assembled, wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight for grilling the next day if desired.

There are over 30 varieties of Turkish kebabs which locals call “siskebabi,” “sis kebaps,” or “kebabi. Fish, vegetables, pork, beef, fruit, or fowl, are all put on wood or metal skewers and grilled over open flame or coals. Note: If you want to grill vegetables along with fish, chicken or small cubes of meat it’s best to parboil vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, carrots and other dense foods before skewering. Baby new potatoes can be scrubbed and par-boiled in skins or use canned whole potatoes. This recipe is courtesy of Rick Browne. Read more about favorite Superbowl Party dishes from chefs on the Burn! Blog here.

Popular with the Yemenite Jews in Israel and in the Middle East, this 
hot sauce starts with a paste of garlic and peppers plus whatever spices
the individual cook chooses, along with cilantro and/or parsley. There
are two versions, this green one and a red one that uses red sweet and
hot peppers. Tomatoes are sometimes added to tone down the sauce, which
can be quite spicy. This quick and easy sauce serves as a table
condiment, as a sauce for grilled fish or meat or for eggs, or can be
added to soups and stews just before serving. It goes especially well
with lamb kabobs.

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