I love Arab-style breakfast more than anything. It varies from family to family, but the basics are usually the same (eggs, hummus or foul, cheese, olives, mint tea, fried potatoes, warm pita bread or homemade flat bread (similar to naan), jam/jelly, olives and pickled veggies, fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, and labna (strained yogurt), falafel, tahini salad.
It may seem a lot, but there's usually small portions, and we always finish everything alhemdulilah :P
Usually this is what I make:
Shred a medium sized potato or cut it up in very small pieces, fry it in olive oil in medium heat until it becomes soft and cooked. Add salt and pepper.
Add 3-4 eggs on top of the cooked potatoes, add a lil more salt and pepper, mix them all together until the eggs are done.
*Other times I make green onions and eggs or zucchini and eggs which tastes delicious too (:
*If you plan on frying potatoes on it's own, then you might not want to add it to the eggs.
*We also fry cauliflower, sliced eggplant/aubergines and potatoes as a side plate.
This is a traditional palestinian breakfast plate that I always make despite whether it's breakfast or not because I love it so much!
Chop an onion and half a green pepper and a clove of garlic
heat a pan with olive oil (about 2tablespoons) and add all of them together a long with some salt and pepper (If you like it spicy, you can add chilli sauce too)
Cook on medium heat until they get a little soft
Chop 2 medium sized tomatoes and add them to the onions, garlic, and green pepper
Add ground black pepper.
Turn the stove on high until the food comes back up to temperature.
Mix and then turn it back on medium low heat and cover until the tomatoes until everything is cooked through and done.
*You can also keep it simple and just do tomatoes and garlic, but the above way is my favorite.
Looks similar to this when done:
(Usually I start with this first)
Boil a teapot of water, while it's boiling add sugar to taste (or you can reserve it and add it to each individual cup of tea instead)
Add dried or fresh mint and let it boil together for a couple of minutes (add enough to cover the top of the water)
Add 2 bags of tea and turn off the burner. Let the tea infuse into the water as you prepare everything else.
If using fresh mint, also add a couple of leaves to each individual cup.
For cheese, jelly, and labna
I place a big tablespoon of each (the cheese is like a cream, but you can use white cheese that can be cut into slices too) on a plate
and I drizzle olive oil over it.
then warm bread on the side and that's it!
Here's some examples of what a typical Arab breakfast looks like:
fi aman Allah