Folding Hobez

It’s still gardening season, but the rain has driven me indoors today. No matter, here is the perfect breakfast, using the labneh (yogurt spread) I made yesterday and pita bread (hobez) خبز folded the bedouin way, along with a little Italian decaffeinated espresso and heart-healthy evaporated milk instead of cream.

The bread was taken from the freezer and defrosted for 40 seconds in the microwave.  Then a few seconds on the stove over a flame.

For dipping, the bedouin way with bread is to tear off a piece and fold it with one hand–remember that bread and water are sacred and accepted with the right hand only. The end result has ideally three folds and is folded something like an envelope. The children are very good at this, turning and folding simultaneously with the same hand.

Then use it to scoop up some labneh. Yum. Here it’s had a little olive oil dribbled over it, although I’ve only see it eaten plain.

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2 Responses to “Folding Hobez”

  1. Canehan Says:

    All that’s lacking is proper Bedouin coffee !

  2. Nijma Says:

    I love the gaHwa beduweeya, but it doesn’t like me, plus the Arab neighborhood in Bridgeview is a forty-minute trip.

    I wonder how easy it would be to grind it yourself. Cardamom is pretty easy to get–if you can find it fresh–but I would have no idea what to do with it after that.

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