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Watermelon salad with hallum (goat Cheese)

Summery watermelon salad is the best sweet and salty treat especially in hot days. It is great for parties and dinner gatherings. Here is a refreshing watermelon salad with a Syrian touch.

You can eat watermelon cubes with hallum cheese sandwiches as a snack, lunch and even dinner. That’s the amazing watermelon and hallum dinner time and welcomed by everyone is Syria.

On the other hand, rocca is a traditional add on to hallum cheese sandwiches. So why not combine all of these amazing flavors and textures together in a big bowl of watermelon salad and enjoy all day long? The addition of black olives is optional but highly appreciated.

Stuffed artichokes with meat

Artichokes are often considered a vegetable, but they are also a type of thistle.

This plant originated in the Mediterranean and has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties.

Its alleged health benefits include lower blood sugar levels and improved digestion, heart health, and liver health. Artichokes are low in fat while rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Stuffed artichoke casserole is one of the most common artichoke recipes in Syria. Artichoke bottoms stuffed with a flavorful ground beef mixture and cooked in a tomato sauce. It has many methods of cooking.  It can also be eaten as a salad.

Home Eid sweets are annual traditions present on the tables of Suwayda and Lattakia.

Many shapes and types of Eid sweets, the women used to make them at home in Al-Suwayda, to be present for the hospitality and for the family, especially children.

The homemade Eid sweets has become a necessary annual tradition and social heritage in Al-Suwayda, especially today, as buying them from the market is very expensive.

Days before Eid, Abeer made all kinds of al-Mamoul (dates, pistachios and nuts), with umm Omar, in a good quantities, Whereas, they found in homemade Eid sweets, the cleanliness, abundance and the ability to control the quantity and quality of the materials used.

Sweet Tamarind Juice

Tamarind drink or as we call it in the Middle East “Tamr-hindi ” is a popular drink prepared from the tamarind wet pulp blocks (comes from a leguminous tree with edible fruit)with water and sugar.

Sweet tamarind juice is usually sold by street vendors in Syria especially during Ramadan, this seller is holding a huge, probably copper, pot on his back with lots of cups arranged around his waist. This man also carry two copper discs in his hand, clanging them together to make a noise announcing that he is in the neighborhood, something like the ice cream truck.

Sweet tamarind is especially popular during the holy month of Ramadan. This sweet drink makes can refresh you after a long summer day.  This drink is not only sold in the Middle East but it is a very popular drink in Mexico called Agua de Tamarindo!

Tamarind is an excellent source of vitamin B, C, potassium, magnesium, iron, thiamine, phosphorus, riboflavin, and fiber. Tamarind is believed to lower the risk of diabetes, aids weight loss, boosts digestion and also prevents chronic diseases.

Consuming tamarind in moderation is essential as any other thing in life. Too much can lead to diarrhea, also it works as a blood thinner so you need to be careful if you already take blood thinner medications.

If Lemon is Expensive- Unripe Grapes (Hosrum) Will Do the Job!

What is unique about Syrians is that they may lose their temper, but they will never lose their hope in the future. They resist and they are resilient too! You find them drawing from their glorious past and extensive traditions in search for means to survive with dignity. Unfortunately, the current coercive economic sanctions have added more pressure on the ordinary Syrian cuisine, already suffering from the long war’s repercussions.

However, Syrians find creative solutions in resorting to their rich environment to maintain their meals as balanced with five tastes: sweet, sour, pungent, salty and bitter. Unripe grapes (Hosrum) is getting renewed attention, making a comeback on the food scene. In the absence of lemon, what is a better alternative than Hosrum!

Associated with the early summer season, unripe grape juice (Hosrum)is used as an acidic addition to food that substitutes lemon, which has become a scarcity because of the sanctions that contribute to a steep rise in prices.