a friend returned from the Cairo spice market with vaduvan and z'atar - which is which? http://twitpic.com/4a4df9
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hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.
za'atar is on the left.
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I wish I knew your friend!
z'atar has sumac (dark red in color), sesame seeds, and thyme...so good on goat and lamb!
Here's some background and some links for the vaduvan:
The Gourmet Magazine article was particularly interesting -- if it's still there. (Small tear!)