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December 21st, 2014

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Some of the many foods introduced by the Arabs include, apricots, dates, figs, ginger, lemons, oranges, rice, spinach, sugarcane and strawberries.


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Fatayir bi Jabin (Cheese Pies)

Make a filling by thoroughly combining all ingredients, except 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, then set aside.

Form dough into 20 balls, then place them on a floured surface. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to stand in a warm place for 30 minutes. Roll balls into 5 to 6 inch rounds.

Place 2 heaping tablespoons of filling on each round, stirring the filling each time (Alternatively the filling can be divided into 20 equal parts.) Fold dough over the filling, then close by firmly pinching edges together into half moon or triangle shape.

Place pies on well-greased baking trays, then bake in a 350 F preheated oven for 20 minutes or until pies turn golden brown. Remove from the oven, then brush with remaining olive oil. Serve hot or cold.

HABEEB SALLOUM, author of our "Recipe of the Day" series, is a Canadian freelance writer and author specializing in food, history and travel. Besides 6 books and 18 chapters in various publications, he has written hundreds of articles about culture, food, travel, history and homesteading in western Canada. His writing has appeared in such publications as the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the Western Producer, Vegetarian Journal and Saveur.