Breakfast
Lebanese coffee is served, but in certain cases this is generally preceded by a glass of water.
Lebanese bread is placed on the table together with small dishes of fried eggs, zaatar, olives and various cheese dishes

Basic Lebanese Meals

Mezza (hors d' oeuvres)
This is served as starters at the beginning of the meal, and is normally served with drinks. It consists of a varieties of cheeses, pickles, olives, nuts, tabouleh, dips (eg.tahini), Savoury pastries.
Alcoholic drinks are generally served with mezza.
Mezza is sometimes eaten as the main meal.

Main Courses
Usually consists of a meat dish (eg. kibbeh)

Kibbeh : is the national dish of Lebanon. It is generally made from leg of mutton. It is a mixture of finely ground meat, mixed with burghul (crushed wheat). Onion is usually placed on or around the kibbeh, and a hot (chilli) sauce is offered with it.

Tabouleh (which is a type a salad)
Lebanese bread (maroo'h)
Vegetables

At the end of the meal
Fruit is sometimes offered at the end of the meal, and this is followed a little while later by Lebanese coffee (ah'weh) with Lebanese sweets (eg. namoura, b'clerwa)


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Tahini Sauce

1 clove of garlic
1/4 teaspoom of sea salt
1 cup of tahini
1/2 cup lemon juice

grind the garlic and salt to a paste
add in the tahini and lemon juice
Add water to slightly thinnen to a paste of the same viscosity as mayonaise.