Za’atar

Za’atar is a simple Middle Eastern spice mix that gives a great taste to almost any dish. I like to have it in the morning sprinkled on olive oil with toast and white cheese.

You can find it in any Middle Eastern food store, but in case you want to make it yourself here is a nice recipe.

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1- Roast a tablespoon of sesame seeds and let it cool thoroughly. Grind slightly in a mortar.
2- Add a quarter cup of Sumac, two tablespoons of dry thyme, two tablespoons of dried marjoram, two tablespoons of dried oregano and about a teaspoon of salt (preferably coarse).
3- Mix well and keep in a tight container.

It lasts for six months in a tightly sealed glass jar, away from the light. 

Note: Just multiply the quantity of each ingredient if you want to prepare a larger portion

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