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Arabic spice with Olive Oil & Bread.

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Many years ago I had a Friend That eat a dish that was with a green spice & Olive Oil & Bread.A person Would dip the bread in the olive oil then in the spice ,I loved it but it's been years since I had it I been asking people if they new what the spice was because he passed away 10 years ago & I can't believe I forgot the name of the spice ,The spice was green,can any one help me with this?????Thank you Sonny Vigil.....

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  1. Likely Za'atar. It's a spice blend that can vary in proportion of ingredients.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Za%27atar

    1. You're thinking of za'atar.

      1. Funny this should come up. This coming Saturday I'll be making Syrian thyme pizza, which is basically a Middle Eastern flat bread bedizened with olive oil, lots of fresh thyme, and a couple of other herbs/spices. It's quite delicious.

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        1. re: Perilagu Khan

          We make similar, using bought Khobez bread, oil and za'atar

          1. re: Perilagu Khan

            Wow...
            "bedizened" is one helluva verb there. What does it mean?

            1. re: Tripeler

              Adorned. It's a word I picked up long ago by reading Poe.

          2. Might have been dukkah- it's often eaten that way. Some versions are green.

            1. My local Lebanese/Syrian shop sells three sorts of za'atar - Jordanian, Syrian and Palestinian. Different proportions of thyme to other ingredients and one (I think the Jordanian) has quite a lot of citrus flavour.

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              1. re: Harters

                The citrus is from sumac.

                1. re: ferret

                  I'd assumed that but the woman in the shop used the French "citron" (we were using our minimal French as a common language). Perhaps she was just saying that to indicate flavour, rather than saying there was lemon in it.