In the winter months, people are obviously in need of warming foods, such as soups and winter casseroles. Even the Middle East, more renowned for its summery salads and room temperature olive oil dishes, has something to serve up when those scorching summer months turn a deadly shade desert chill!
2012 has dished up a protracted cold spell in the Middle East as well as in the wider globe and Eastern Europe. Morocco, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon and even extremities of the Arabian peninsula as Kuwait have shivered through the lows of the last couple of months, while countries where revolutionary conflicts are heating up, are suffering no less from the unkind cold.
Some of the region's nourishing and healthy winter foods can keep you warmer, and guard against winter viruses. Both sweet and savory, here are some of the Levant and Arabian seasonal specialties.
For reminders and introductions to some winter warmer treats, click through the picture show, and please feel free to suggest items missed out from this short-list!