Za'atar manakish ( Arabian breakfast)
Today we have little celebration in our office and everybody selected manakish with cheese stuffed but for me cheese it too heavy and i prefer za'atar ;)
After 2 year have been stay in arab country, i could enjoy breakfast with arabian bread and a cup of "turkish coffee" (strong and heavy coffee). Manakish or Manaeesh[ is a Lebanese food made from dough topped with cheese or thyme (za'atar or ground meat, but used widely in many Middle Eastern countries. Similar to a pizza, it can be sliced or folded, and it can either be served for breakfast.
In Arabic, Zaatar refers to Thyme (Thymus vulgaris). Green za'atar mixture is traditionally composed of dried thyme (Thymus vulgaris), toasted white sesame seeds, and salt. Some sources additionally list savory, hyssop, oregano, cumin, and fennel seed — to name a few. Red za'atar is made with dried thyme with the addition of sumac.
In Lebanon, there is a belief that this particular spice mixture makes the mind alert and the body strong. For this reason, children are encouraged to eat a za'atar sandwich for breakfast before an exam. The mixture is also popular in Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel and North Africa. It is used to spice meats and vegetables, and it is also mixed with olive oil to make a spread . Za'atar also can be spread on a dough base for pizza, also known as the manakish.