Aubergine salad with tahini

Summer is just about to end, we'll soon say our goodbyes to the beautiful sunny skies, hot weather and cold dishes.

This cold eggplant salad recipe with yogurt and tahini dressing is full of flavors and textures.  It is a delicious Syrian and Middle Eastern salad. Simple chopped veggies dressed in yogurt and tahini, and topped with crunchy pita pieces.

It is easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients handy. The dressing in this recipe is so tasty and delicious. It is a combination of flavors like extra version olive oil, lime juice, garlic, tahini, salt and yogurt. Some people do not like adding garlic

Pita bread pieces are optional for the salad. So either bake them with some olive oil for 10 minutes in a 400F oven or use the traditional method which is deep frying.

It is a popular Syrian mezza that is adaptable to your liking.

Dried figs ... a heritage industry and an excellent income source for the people of Homs countryside

Dried figs are a delicious fruit which contain a package of nutrients and offer a variety of health benefits. They have high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and calcium, zinc, minerals, magnesium and manganese potassium.

Dried figs are made from Fig fruits, and the "grandmother" method for making food is still used a lot.  The families that are working in this industry dry the figs, rinse gently and pat with a clean cloth to dry them. Then they place them under the sun to dry and collect them at night. Again, they place them in a pot of boiling water and expose them to sun heat once again until they become dry and weathered.

Oozy with Yogurt Salad

Oozy is a very popular dish in Syria and the Levant area ( Jordan and Palestine). It is usually made in wedding celebrations, gatherings, Ramadan and also Eid. Oozy is basically rice, vegetables, and ground meat wrapped in a pastry sheet. Today we are going to make a chicken version wrapped in puff pastry.

 

We will need:

• 3 cups of basmati rice.

• 3 Tbs of olive oil.

Golden milk (Turmeric latte)

Golden milk or turmeric latte is a warm and comforting drink that is popular in southern Syria and has gained a lot of popularity in recent years due to its health benefits.

As the name implies, the key ingredients here are turmeric and milk but the ingredient list does not stop there. Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper and ghee are all added to turn this drink into a nutritional powerhouse.

You see, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and turmeric are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that help in reducing inflammation and pain in joints. Other health benefits that have been attributed to this combination of spices is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal properties, lowering blood sugar, protecting against cancer and heart disease, improving mood, memory and brain function.

It is definitely a drink worth adding to your list. Golden milk is caffeine free, it is soothing and comforting especially after a long day and the best part is that it tastes heavenly.

Chocodate (chocolate covered dates)

Arabian delights chocodates recipe is the best thing you can do with dates in Syria. It is very common during the holy month of Ramadan

Chocodates are a very delicious treat and snack and this recipe is very easy to prepare and the best part is you can make it as you like so let your imagination go wild. You can decorate it with milk chocolate ribbons may be rolling the dates before freezing them in some coconut flakes, adding orange blossom water to the melted chocolate, adding some ground cardamom if you like..

You can stuff some of dates with only one almond and others with two, this depends on the size of the dates. You can also stuff it with your favorite nut or combination like pistachios.