Born in Iran, I remember having noon o panir o sabzi (translated as: bread, cheese and herbs) almost every day for breakfast (occasionally we had eggs). You can imagine my confusion then, when I was given the option of Coco Pops, spaghetti and sausages for breakfast during my year 4 school camp, here in New Zealand. Funnily enough, I wasn’t the only one at a loss. To this day, I clearly remember the look of bewilderment that came across my teacher’s face when I asked her for a glass of black tea. “Glass? Black? Are you sure? Without sugar or milk?” – she was dumbfounded. Come to think of it, she told the other staff and they all laughed at me! (twas a rather traumatic experience, really). Anyhow, traditionally, for breakfast, iranians enjoy a variety of flat breads with fresh herbs, walnuts and feta cheese accompanied by black tea. I made this Persian inspired breakfast platter for mum and I this morning, practising a veganish diet, I have also added a not-so-traditional avocado for more variety but as you can see, mum isn’t parting with her love of feta.
feta cheese (sprinkled with ground cumin)
fresh herbs (I used basil but mint, tarragon, dill and coriander are also popular)
handful of raw walnuts
handful of raw pistachios
Enjoy with bread (traditionally Iranians use Sangak flatbread but any bread will do – we had homemade konini loaf).
Don’t let the simplicity of noon o panir o sabzi decieve you, it is insanely addictive!