DIY Lebanese Tantour {MKB MENA Series 2017}

If you read my post on our genealogy, you can see that from my husband’s side our family comes from Lebanon. So this time around for MENA Series I decided to make a simple craft that would reflect this side of our heritage. 

Lebanese Traditional clothes are very beautiful. And in fact the ladies’ outfits resemble the ones of gorgeous fairytale princesses. One of the elements in particular that caught my eyes is Tantour – a beautiful headdress that married women of some part of Lebanon used to wear. As I kept looking at different images of Tantour I could see we could easily recreate it from simple materials we had at home. 

So here is how you can make a Tantour with your children.

You will need:

1. Cereal box

2. Scissors

3. Two scarfs

4. One or two thick treads

5. A needles and a sewing thread

6. Stapler

Steps to make your Tantour:

1. Cut out extra sides of the carton box

2. Measure the size of your Tantour by making a conical shape out of the carton on your child’s head.

3. Staple it together and cut off the extra parts to make a cone. Secure it some more staples

4.  Take a smaller scarf and wrap on shiny thread around it. 

5. Wrap it around the cone’s lower part where it would touch the head and secure with a needle and a thread. 

6. Now, attach a bigger scarf to the top of the cone to have it flow down

Your Tantour is ready! 

Girls had fun wearing it and posting for photos. One more accessory to add to our dress up collection.

Do you have a favourite outfit from one of the Middle Eastern or North African countries? Share with me!


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Simple Lebanese Lunch {MKB North Africa and Middle East Heritage Series}


I have mentioned earlier that from myother-in-law’s side our children have a Lebanese heritage. My MIL was born and grew up in Lebanon , she spoke Arabic to all her 4 children. With years she adapted cooking from various cuisine and the meals she makes are a fusion of Middle Eastern, Asian and Western food.

Recently our aunt from Lebanon was visiting and she and mom made a simple Lebanese meal, very easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Kousa (Kussa, Koussa, Kossa)

– 2 medium size zucchini
– 1/4 of an onion
– 1-2 garlic cloves
– 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
– salt to taste
– spices: half a teaspoon of each turmeric and coriander powder
– lemon juice

1. Wash and gently scrub the zucchini with dull side of the knife to peel off excessive skin. Cut into small cubes.
2. In a pan warm up olive oil, add spices, fry for 30-40 seconds, add finely chopped onion and garlic. Fry for another 30-40 sec.
3. Add zucchini. Stir-fry for a minute or two, add salt, lower the fire, add 1-2 tablespoons of water, cover and let it simmer. In some time the liquid will start coming out. Keep them steeping on low fire until the liquid is nearly gone. Stir occasionally and don’t let it burn.
4. Transfer to a flat dish, spread and let it cool. Serve with lemon juice.
Note: this dish is best to be served cold. It doesn’t need reheating. You can cool it in the fridge. And it is best to be eaten with bread (pita, naan or any regulations bread).

Alternative to hummus

– 1 can of chickpeas, water drained completely; or 1 large cup of cooked chickpeas
– 2 cloves of garlic
– juice of 1 lemon
– salt
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil

1. Mash the garlic in a bowl, add lemon juice and olive oil. Mix and let it sit for a couple of minutes
2. Add chickpeas, mix well. Serve with any food

Green (Garden) salad

– few leaves of lettuce
– a small cucumber
– a small tomato
– 1/4 of cabbage head or 1/2 of small cabbage
– small bunch of parsley
– small bunch of mint
– half of capsicum
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– juice of half lemon
– a bunch of olives

Chop tomato, capsicum and cucumber. Shredd cabbage. Cut/ tear lettuce, parsley and mint. Mix it all up. Add salt to taste, lemon juice. Mix and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Add olive oil. Mix and let it see for few more minutes. Add olives. Serve with you favorite dishes.

So, these are 3 ingredients of a simple Lebanese meal. In Lebanese cuisine lemon is used a lot and vinegar too. So a lot of dishes have a sour lemony taste. My husband and my children love lemon and can just eat it like that – must be their Lebanese “genes” !

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