Teayana Breakfast Platter

Served with an assortment of breads, this breakfast platter off the menu of Teayana here in Jeddah is a stunningly beautiful and traditional breakfast meal here in Saudi Arabia. On the left is an assortment of vegetables, olives, and “Za’atar,” which is a mix of herbs that is very popular in the Middle East. The center set of culinary delights includes a variety of cheeses (some with herbs), and on the right are sweet items. All are eaten with bread.
Za’atar consists of a variety of chopped and dried herbs such as Thyme, Oregano, and Savory, mixed with sesame and spices, and is added to different dishes or just eaten with bread and olice oil. For centuries, varying recipes have been developed, so different countries in the region have their own favorite spices and herbs added into the mix.

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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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7 Responses to Teayana Breakfast Platter

  1. leif Hagen says:

    What a scrumptious breakfast smorgasbord of sorts! Happy Halloween – any of you and the expats celebrate the holiday?

    • I’m sure there are parties going on inside the compounds, but on the outside it’s just smaller private parties mainly for kiddies. I did go to my first Halloween party here this year though – it was for kids.

  2. Dina says:

    This looks like our breakfast too, except your za’atar is so much darker. I LOVE za’atar.

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  4. Chiara says:

    Thanks for the information, Susie.

    I just looked it up, and zaatar seems more Middle Eastern than North African, but it is used in Morocco, and Libya. Most often Moroccan recipes use parsley, coriander (leaf form), Spanish paprika, tumeric, saffron, and cumin, sometimes using cinnamon and nutmeg in savoury dishes.

    Looks like marjoram is a common ingredient in zaatar too–an herb I only know from gardening. At least I think so…may have been eating it for years without knowing it was part of a combination. 😀

    I found the wiki entry about how the exact mix for zaatar is often a woman’s jealously guarded secret, interesting and funny, but probably true!

  5. Hi Chiara – Savory and sage are related and are in the same family, but they are different. Sage could very well be an ingredient in the za’atar though too! Do they have za’atar in Morocco? Maybe it’s called something else?

  6. Chiara says:

    Looks delicious! Any place with olives for breakfast must be great!
    By savory do you mean the herb sage? It is often combined with oregano and thyme in Mediterranean cooking.

    Very inspirational photo! 😀

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