Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cooking Around the World: Oman

I have some catching up to do. I've posted recipes, but not the country write up. Sorry! Last week we traveled, by tabletop, to the only country that begins with an 'O' in our Cooking Around the World Adventure: Oman.

A few fun facts...

  • Oman is officially known as the 'Sultanate of Oman'.
  • The official language of Oman is Arabic, although English, Baluchi, Urdu, Hindi and other dialects are also spoken.
  • Oman gained independence from Portugal in 1651.
  • In Oman, Frankincense trees only grow in the wild.
  • It is said that Ubar, the legendary city believed to be in control of Frankincense trade, was buried under the desert. The reason cited for this is that its wealth made people astray and led them away from religion.
  • The highlands of Oman have raised irrigation system. Through it, water is carried from mountain streams. Known as the ' Aflaj Irrigation Systems', it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Oman is traditionally known for breeding Arab horses.
  • Omani men wear long robes known as dishdashas, while the womenfolk wear Omani burqa masks.
  • Omani men can be found wearing the traditionally curved dagger, known as khanja. Their national dress also includes a turban.
  • The national flag of Oman, adopted in 1971, is red, white and green.
  • Oman allowed tourists to enter its territory only at the beginning of the 1990s.
We actually made two meals from Oman. The first was breakfast... [click on the title to go to the recipe post.]


This was not a hit. The boys found the sweet eggs disconcerting. I have to agree. But, then again, I'm more of a savory gal anyway.


That same evening, we made a dish that quickly landed itself in the top three of all our meals.


These Global Table Ambassadors are wrapping up Oman. We're on to Pakistan next.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Share Buttons