Za'atar ( By Mohammad Elkhaldy)

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Za'atar ( By Mohammad Elkhaldy)

Technical guide

Ingredients Thyme, *sesame seeds, cumin, sumac, spices.
Allergens *Sesame
Origin Original creation
Net weight 40 g
Storage / Use In a cool, dark, dry place.
Price incl. tax €8.80

Use this traditional Middle Eastern spice blend to season vegetables, fresh cheese, grilled meats, and salads.

Recommendations Sprinkle fresh cheese with za'atar. Brighten salads by sprinkling them with za'atar the way you'd add black pepper. Above all else, try a zucchini/courgette cream soup with a splash of lemon juice and a dusting of za'atar.

The words of Olivier Roellinger

When I met Mohammad Elkhady, I was moved by the Syrian chef’s abiding love for the cuisine of his home country, a love he expressed with passion. Mohammed currently works as a chef in Paris, and joins me in presenting this Za’atar blend. Like all of our other spices and spice blends, our Za’atar is prepared in our kitchen labs in Cancale.
Za’atar fragrantly evokes the essence of Middle Eastern cuisines. Roasted sesame seeds lend a nutty accent. Sumac, a spice that is traditionally used in Arab cuisines for its lemony flavor, adds an acidic note. Sun-drenched thyme varieties provide robust flavor. Za’atar vary widely and often call for different proportions and types of thyme. The za’atar that Mohammad and I have developed in our kitchen labs in Cancale highlights the acidic notes in the blend which ultimately magnify the other ingredients in a recipe. I also love how dried thyme add a warmth to dishes in general. That warmth gives za’atar a gorgeous, full-bodied taste. The best way to experience it is simply to dip a piece of bread in olive oil and then in za’atar—the way they do for breakfast throughout the Middle East.