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World Geography and Culture: Oman, The Middle East

World Geography, Lesson 3: Oman
This week's geography lessons took us to Oman...
where we learned about the places...

"Salalah is a historic center of the frankincense trade, on the edge of Dhofar, a wild land of warring tribes, remote mosques and desolate coastline. One fairly new development has been the establishment of a dairy industry, and in pastures recalling rural England, imported Friesian cattle graze alongside camels nibbling frankincense trees -another of the wonderful juxtapositions of modern Oman." -World Food Cafe

the people...

"Age-old traditions of hospitality are observed, and we often found ourselves guests in people's homes, consuming dates and cardamom coffee."

and the foods of this region.
We enjoyed this meal the most of all the meals we have tried so far. It was heavenly and only a tiny bit of the rice was left, which we will make into rice pudding.
Here is the recipe for Rose Water Rice (modified slightly from the recipe in the book), in case you are interested in trying it:

Rose Water Rice

2 Tab. butter
1/2 cup pistachios
1 cup sliced almonds
2/3 cup seedless raisins
1/4 cup dried apricots, quartered
2 cups rice
1 tea. ground cardamom
4 Tab. Rose Water
grated zest of 1 orange (preferably organic)

If you have a rice cooker, you can just put everything into the rice cooker, along with the amount of water as stated on the back of the rice package for that amount of rice. If you are making it on the stove, you can make the rice as stated on the package and then add the rest of the ingredients after the rice is cooked and stir thoroughly.


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10 comments:

  1. The meal looks absolutely delicious! We love middle eastern food too!

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    1. I was surprised at how different these dishes were from the other Middle Eastern foods we have eaten. I love Middle Eastern food, too.

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  2. I'm not surprised you liked that dish the best. When I first saw the top picture my mouth literally watered it looked so good! I particularly like rice dishes. Will you be sharing the recipe?

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    1. Sure, I will, if you would like it. I can go back and add it into the post.

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    2. Thank you Phyllis, I'll be trying it very soon!

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  3. Rose water rice sounds rather interesting.

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    1. It was so good. It has almonds, pistachios, raisins and apricots as well as the rose water. It was sweet, but not too sweet.

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  4. Looks so good - glad you were talked into adding the recipe :) I'm still waiting (rather impatiently) for the book!

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    1. If you would like me to send you any recipes, let me know.

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