Are you seeing what I saw on my fresh from the oven man’ousheh (more popularly known as its plural form, makakeesh)? Don’t those sesame seeds look like clumps of creepy crawlies, a reminder of unwanted infestations in deep dark corners of the house or on our furry friends?
I don’t mean to destroy anybody’s appetite, but that was the thought that came to mind as I reviewed the picture I’d snapped as I was wolfing down a cheese and za’atar manousheh for brunch. Yes, I finished everything to the last crumb, even though it reminded me of those *shudder* “friends”
What is za’atar? No, it is not a recently discovered alien race. Nor is it another alien language related to Klingon. Za’atar is an Arabic spice blend made from thyme, oregano, majoram, toasted sesame seeds (those insect like things you saw) and salt. When slathered on olive oil brushed pita bread, it actually reminds me of the dark green moss that’s stuck to damp adobe blocks during monsoon season.
Unappetizing insect-like and moss looks aside, I honestly did not enjoy my first brush with this exotic spice blend. But manakeesh hub Breakfast to Breakfast’s version redeemed za’aatar from eternal death in my never-to-eat-again food graveyard. So yay to second chances! I now enjoy the herby perfume, especially the popping sensation the toasted sesame seeds and the crunch the salt crystals bring to the mouth.
Wait…after all that I’ve just said, would anybody out there be convinced that za’atar is absolutely delish? I’d be ecstatic to hear from za’atar fans out there. But if you’ve got that insect and moss image stuck to your mind, well, too bad then because that would mean more cheese and za’atar manousheh for me! Mwahahahaha!
Delirious about delicious,