Menu: North Sudan


“Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fatted ox where there is hatred.”
Sudanese Proverb

I’m taking this proverb to heart. This week happens to be a simple week. We’re breathing easy with vegetables, grain, and tea. We’re making room for love in a busy, busy time.  The end result? This is a quick menu, something that can be made on a weeknight… without stress or strain.

Thankfully, North Sudan accommodated us easily (and I felt guilt-free about going so simple since we’ve made so many of her other favorite recipes during other Global Tables (for a list of them see our post from yesterday… you can click through to the recipes and try them whenever you like).

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

Cucumber Salad | Salatet Zabady bil Ajur [Recipe]
An easy, refreshing blend of cucumber, yogurt, and crushed garlic.

Goraasa [Recipe]
Soft, doughy flatbread leaved with baking powder.  (vegan)

Cinnamon Tea [Recipe]
Find out why the Tea Ladies of Sudan call this their best-seller.

P.S. I’m curious.. Do you agree? Would you rather eat a simple meal in good company or eat a feast in bad company? And, on a similar note, would you rather add the stress of creating a feast to your days? Or would you rather relax into something simple, making your life easier? Why or why not?

Young girl in Khartoum marketplace. Photo by Steve Evans.

Young girl in Khartoum marketplace. Photo by Steve Evans.


  1. I agree with the proverb……
    She’s soooo pretty…you found a good one.

    The Cuke salad would be Hungarian….with the addition of… know what!!

    • Sasha Martin says

      Yes… this salad spans so many cultures; it’s a definite winner!

  2. aunty eileen says

    I enjoy both feasts and simple meals or even just a snack. Both, preparing for and as a guest.

  3. Gail Hallmon says

    I love cooking big feasts for special days. I think of it as a gift of love for those eating. I have learned to space the prep & cooking over a couple of days to make it even more enjoyable for me. And I love simple meals and good company. What I don’t do is stress 🙂

    • aunty eileen says

      Tonight menu was very quick and simple and delicious and healthy… pancakes made with an egg and milk and a smoothy made with yogurt, fresh orange juice, banana, and fresh strawberries. There is always something quick and easy and healthy to prepare when short on time… even just some slices of spicy cheese and crackers. But I also have loved over the years planning and preparing feasts for special days for groups of people to enjoy. For long and involved recipes for everyday cooking… I try and choose recipes that I can make more than enough for 2 meals and still have some for freezing (I may spend the whole day cooking).

  4. I love the proverb. This menu looks interesting, I’ll be back to eat some more with you Sasha:)

  5. After a week of Passover seders and Easter meals, the proverb and your questions are on the mark in every sense!

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