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Brunch News – Yemeni Bint-al-Sahn

Honey Cake at Night
Egg Sandwich for Brunch

Dessert or Brunch

Sixteen layers of egg bread goodness goes into this family size “loaf” or maybe I should say “biscuit”.  We ate half with a honey butter dip for dessert and then egg sandwiches for brunch the next day. The dough came together quickly and creating the layers became a zen filled repetition of  care and touch.

This Bint Al-Sahn or Sabayah recipe comes from A Temeniyah’s Recipe blog via originally posted on July 25, 2010 by Dr. Lamya Almas. She creates a 14 inch diameter cake in a special pan made for this type of cake. I have a temperamental gas oven, but a great convection toaster oven so mine was made to about a 9 inch diameter without a pan.

Take the time to make ghee if you do not have any on hand. Removing the milk solids from the butter will help lubricate the layers and give you the most flakiness for your efforts.

If you prefer a more visual presentation step by step pictures are available on Flikr at Yemen – Bint-Al-Sahn

Ingredients

Ingredients

Cake

1 t. Yeast
1/4 C. Water, Warm
4 Eggs
3 C. Flour, All Purpose
1/4 C. Water
1 t, Salt, Table or Kosher
1/4 C. Ghee or Butter, Melted

Construction

1/2 C. Ghee
1 Egg
Sesame or Poppy Seed Sprinkle

Dip

~1/4 C. Honey
~1/4 C. Ghee

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Posted by on 27 March 2011 in Brunch News, Yemen

 

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18 March 2011 Dinner News – Yemen

Looking past the Demonstrations and Bloodshed

 

Even if not traveling to the city of Moka (also spelled Mocha) you are surely familiar with the drink of choice – coffee!  The coffee of Yemen is unlike anything you will find in Europe or the United States and has a wonderful history and lore.

Qishr – Ginger coffee, but an explanation of the steeped version can be found at the end of The land where coffee began…

Qahwa – Saffron and cardamon coffee.

The Meal

Here are some suggestions for soothing beverages and a wonderful meal to celebrate the culture of Yemen:

Beverage

Naqe’e Al Zabib (Cold Raisin drink), and Diba’a (Squash nectar) are cited in Wikipedia, but recipes could be found on the internet… have you had these?  Please leave a comment and share these dishes.

Entree

Saltah – The national dish is made in 3 parts more by final taste than a strict recipe.

Lamb or Beef Stew
Zhug – hot sauce added to taste
Hubla – Green fenugreek paste added on top of the stew before serving.

The National Dish – Description of how a busy restaurant prepares the dish and recipe for their version.
How to eat Salta
– set of photos showing lunch at a restaurant in Yeman.

Hawayil –  Spice mix used in many dishes.

Yemen Fatah – Spicy lamb or beef dish served over couscous.

Lamb Thareed – Spicy chickpea based stew

Side Dish

Meals are often served with different kinds of flat bread such as Malooga and Laxoox which are used as an eating utensil.

Aseed – Dumpling in tamarind and tomato gravy with a warning to have strong helpers.

There are many other side dishes attributed to Yemen, but formal recipes are difficult to come by:

Fahsa,Samak Mofa, Fahsa, Fattah, Rashoosh, Osahra, Kudam, Fateer, and Khamira.

Dessert

Bint-al-sahn – Honey Cake made with many layers stacked together and served with honey or butter.  Some recipes suggest spinach or meat filling for special occasions, but this explanation and picture describe the process clearly.

The View

Dar al-Hajr - The Rock Castle

There are several ancient sites and some modern adventures that can be toured from your computer to help learn about the culture and geography of this beautiful country:

World Heritage Sites – photo tours of Zabid, Sana’a and Shibam

Wadi Dhahr: Rock Palace

Surfing in Yemen

Road Trip Yemen: Bura’a and Back

 

 

 

 

 

The Chatter

Political unrest is common in this portion of Asia. Formerly Ottamans occupied the North and British claimed the South. The current Yemeni nation was formed in 1990 and brought an uneasy peace to the relationship between the tribes of Hashid and Bakeel.

The news today has been dominated by an ugly turn in demonstrations:

Yemen troops shoot protesters dead (Guardian.co.uk)
Yemeni Government Snipers Open Fire on Protesters, Killing Dozens (Fox News)
Protest security committee investigates alleged sniper, thug attacks (Yemin Times)

 

 

(200612_Yemen-212 photo is the work of Ai@ce while the Dar al-Hajr is the work of Island Spice and is used under Creative Commons License)

 
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Posted by on 18 March 2011 in Yemen

 

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