Za'atar (Arabic: زَعْتَر, also romanized zaatar, za'tar, zatar, zatr, zattr, zahatar, zaktar or satar) is a generic name for a family of related Middle Eastern herbs from the genera Origanum (Oregano), Calamintha (Basil thyme), Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) and Satureja (Savory). It is also the name for a condiment made from the dried herb(s), mixed together with sesame seeds, dried sumac, and often salt, as well as other spices. Used in Arab cuisine, both the herb and spice mixture are popular throughout the Middle East.
the above from Wikipedia. Why Za'atar? Because my daughter sent be a recipe calling for it and I saw 'sumac' and remember the Persian food accented with a sumac powder with an exotic name. This Arabic named spice goes by different names in Lebanon and is sold in Spain and Italy.
segue - so many countries with so many overlapping cuisines. The Greeks and the Turks who I have been told cannot stand each other to this day have very similar cuisines.
seque - so many people think of themselves as a particular nationality when they are probably many nationalities. Even the citizens of the most xenophobic countries have been inseminated by foreigners from time to time. No one is pure this or that. We are all Heinz 57
We are all a little different - a little mixed up - sometimes cute. Never one single thing.