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“If your friend is honey, don’t lick him all.”
Syrian Proverb

If I’m going to be honest, I’d have to say I’m not exactly sure what this proverb means (or, more to the point, I’m not sure I should be visualizing my friends as honey bears).

My theory: the proverb is not literal (so few are), but it does teach that good things should not be taken advantage of. Lest we lick them all up.

But what a vivid picture the Syrians paint to teach this message.

The food is just as vivid. There are bright punches of garlic (an entire head in our lentil recipe), an entire bunch of cilantro, and as many sour cherries as a girl can stand.

So let’s get vivid.

All recipes and the meal review will be posted throughout the week.

Syrian Lentils [Recipe]
An addicting (and vegan) blend of lentils, swiss chard, and entire head of garlic. Dont’ forget the lemon juice, pomegranate syrup and cilantro. A big punch of flavor for very little effort.

Lamb kebabs with Sour Cherries | Kebab Karaz [Recipe]
Lamb balls seasoned with Baharat and grilled with sour cherries. Easy and impressive.

Baharat Seasoning Blend [Recipe]
A blend of black peppercorns, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices.


(Photo by Bernard Gagnon)

So what do you think?

Did I get this proverb right… or is there some other meaning I’m missing? 


  1. Rick Scott says

    To me it seems to mean that if you have a good friend you should share that friend with others. Don’t try to keep him/her completely to yourself. Pretty good advice, because a fast way to lose a close friend is to smother them with affection and be angry/jealous/whatever at any attention they may give to someone else. Just my guess, of course.

    • Sasha Martin says

      That’s an interesting take – and makes a lot of sense to me! It’s especially true of romantic relationships… unless of course they’re giving inappropriate attention to others… in which case jealousy is more than likely intuition.

      • Rick Scott says

        I agree with your distinctions. Good points. Once again, virtue lies in Aristotle’s golden mean. Not too much, not too little.

  2. Rike says

    Here is my take: “…don’t lick him all” – if you lick up all your honey, you don’t have any left. As to your friends, if you take advantage of them, take them for granted, you may find yourself without friends.

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