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Lebanon sets new record with tons of tabbouleh.

Summary: While Lebanon may be far from adept at making governments, food is another matter: on Sunday Lebanese chefs came together to break a third Guinness record for food this year -- this time with

While Lebanon may be far from adept at making governments, food is another matter: on Sunday Lebanese chefs came together to break a third Guinness record for food this year -- this time with tabbouleh tab·bou·leh or ta·bou·leh  
A Lebanese salad made with bulgur wheat and finely chopped scallions, tomatoes, mint, and parsley.

[Arabic tabb

Under the watch of a Guinness adjudicator ad·ju·di·cate  
v. ad·ju·di·cat·ed, ad·ju·di·cat·ing, ad·ju·di·cates
1. To hear and settle (a case) by judicial procedure.

, 250 sous-chefs and their 50 bosses from a private culinary school chopped and sliced over three and a half tons (7,000 pounds) of the salad, using 1,600 kilograms (3,520 pounds) of parsley, 1,500 kilograms (3,300 pounds) of ripe tomatoes and 420 kilograms (926 pounds) of onions.

The tabbouleh record came only a day after Lebanon broke a Guinness record with a two-ton serving of the chickpea-based dip hummus hum·mus also hum·us or hom·mos  
A smooth thick mixture of mashed chickpeas, tahini, oil, lemon juice, and garlic, used especially as a dip for pita.
. The tiny Mediterranean country -- which has yet to see a government formed over four months after a general election -- also set a record in August for the largest ever kebbe, a dish of minced meat and cracked wheat.

National songs blared from loudspeakers as the white-clad cooks mixed the tabbouleh into a mega-sized pottery dish on Sunday cheered on by thousands of onlookers, some waving Lebanese flags.

"Hummus comes from where? Tabbouleh comes from where?" asked the event host on a microphone.

"From here, from Lebanon," screamed the crowds in response. "One hundred percent Lebanese!"

Identity battle

A battle over hummus and tabbouleh between Lebanon and Israel -- two neighbors still technically at war -- emerged last year and efforts have been underway ever since to clearly identify such dishes as exclusively Lebanese.

Both hummus and tabbouleh, as well as other treats such as baba ba·ba  
A leavened rum cake, usually made with raisins.

[French, from Polish, old woman.]

Noun 1.
 ghannouj, an eggplant dip, are widely popular in Lebanon, Israel and around the globe.

"El Hommos hom·mos  
Variant of hummus.

Noun 1. hommos - a thick spread made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic; used especially as a dip for pita; originated in the Middle East
 Lebnaneh & Tabbouleh Kamen (Hummus is Lebanese and Tabbouleh is too) is an attempt to break the current Guinness world records of hummus and tabbouleh, reaffirming the Lebanese proprietorship of these two dishes," said a statement issued by the industrialist association and food syndicate, which planned the weekend events.

Lebanese industrialists have said their case was similar to the one over feta fet·a  
A white semisoft cheese usually made of goat's or ewe's milk and often preserved in brine.

[Modern Greek (turi) pheta, (cheese) slice, from Italian fetta, slice
 cheese in which a European Union European Union (EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the

European Community
 court ruled in 2002 that feta is exclusively Greek.

They argue that just as France and Scotland have succeeded in protecting their geographical appellation ap·pel·la·tion  
1. A name, title, or designation.

2. A protected name under which a wine may be sold, indicating that the grapes used are of a specific kind from a specific district.

3. The act of naming.
 rights for sparkling wine from Champagne and Scotch whisky, so should Lebanon for some of its dishes.

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Date:Oct 25, 2009
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