I am in love with Middle Eastern cuisine; not just because of the taste but because of the healthful ingredients.
Aside from the classics: hommus and tabouli I love to experiment with some of the staple foods used in different areas of the Middle East in my day-to-day food preparation too. What I’m getting to here is my new love for black cumin seeds.
here is a clip from my website on an article titled: Herbs and Spices – Daily Healing Power:
Mohammed said these seeds cured every disease except for death. Used in various cuisines and as an ancient remedy for all diseases including skin problems,blood pressure reduction, cleansing and tonifying the liver, reducing fluid retention, supporting healthy digestion, treating diarrhea, stimulating the appetite, reducing pain, cystic fibrosis, allergies and treating skin disorders. Studies have confirmed numerous pharmacological benefits. These seeds have anti-diabetic and anti-cancer properties. They can be used to regulate the immune system, reduce pain, kill microorganisms, reduce inflammation, inhibit spasmodic activity, and open the tiny air passages in the lungs. Black seed oil protects the liver, the kidneys, and the stomach/ digestive system. It is a powerful antioxidant. The free radicals produced during inflammation can induce gene mutations and modifications of cancer related proteins. The seeds have pharmacological effects including antibacterial, antifungal, anti-tumor, analgesic and antipyretic activity. They have therapeutic and antioxidant effects. – See more at: http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/black-cumin-seeds-better-than-drugs-a-look-at-the-science/#sthash.qr8LdNZ2.dpuf
In the area of Yemen, there’s a fun food called bint al sahn, a flaky pastry made with eggs, ghee, flour and yeast and topped with honey and black cumin seeds,
In order to explore different flavor combinations for myself here in the US, I take my healthful whole grain bread (usually Ezekiel bread but have used homemade cardamom bread), top it with a light spread of ghee or cultured pasture fed organic butter, organic raw honey and the gem-like black cumin seeds. I’ve even gone astray and slathered vegan cream cheese over it all (I must admit, this was the most delicious!)
Thank you Lord for all the wondrous things you have given us and the wondrous works you do in our lives!