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Monday Meal Review: Algeria

This is meal #3 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. “Great.” My husband smiled. “I think dinner was really great.” Our friends quickly nodded in agreement. I might as well have won an Oscar. We sipped our Ceylon tea with fresh mint sprigs, savoring the memory of the meal we just enjoyed. Although we were going on four hours of sitting around the dining room table, no one made a move to get up. If that’s not indication of an enjoyable meal, I don’t know what is. (The spell finally broke when baby Ava woke up for her midnight feast). The Algerian meal was a big hit for two simple reasons: big flavor and originality. Our favorite dishes were (by a mile) the chickpea Soup and the Hot Algerian Lasagna. I will be making both of these dishes again. Hummus bi’l Kammun (Chickpea soup) [Recipe] What do I like most about this dish? This soup was smoky, earthy, and downright craveable. I cannot say enough good things about this soup. If you love chickpeas, you need to try Hummus bi’l …

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Hot Algerian Lasagna

Hot Algerian Lasagna

Serves 8 Hot Algerian Lasagna blends traditional Italian lasagna with chickpeas, potatoes, ground lamb, and a healthy dose of cayenne pepper. Make this unusual dish once and you will crave the flavors for life. NOTE: Cayenne pepper’s heat is rated in “heat units.” This recipe was made with a 35,000 cayenne, which is on the low-end of the scale. If you have a 90,000 cayenne, you only need 1/3 of the cayenne pepper for the same kick. The label on your spice jar should give you this information. Ingredients: 1 pound ground lamb or chicken 1/2 cup olive oil 1 medium onion, diced salt and pepper 1 Tbsp harissa 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 tsp cayenne pepper (or 1 tsp to make it mild) 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/4 tsp ground caraway 1 Tbsp tomato paste 2 cups tomato puree, plus a half cup 1 can drained, rinsed chickpeas 1 cup water 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced (about 1 lb) 1 lb no-boil lasagna sheets 15 oz ricotta 2 eggs 2 cups shredded mozzarella 2 cups shredded Gruyère Method: 1. In a large …

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Sweet Couscous

Bil Zbib (Sweet Couscous)

Serves: 4 Bil Zbib is eaten for breakfast or dessert in North Africa.  Serve this sweet couscous warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Ingredients: 1/4 cup golden raisins 4 dried apricots, diced 2 prunes, diced 1 1/2 cups water 1 1/8 cup dried couscous 2 tablespoons melted butter 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1/8 cup powdered sugar Method: 1.  In a small pot combine the raisins, apricot, prunes, and water. Heat until boiling. Add couscous, cover, and turn off heat. Let sit 5 minutes. 2.   Add butter, cinnamon and granulated sugar. Gently fluff the couscous; pile in a mound on a small shallow platter. Dust with powdered sugar. 3. Serve warm or cool. 12345 Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe Bil Zbib is eaten for breakfast or dessert in North Africa. Serve this sweet couscous warm in the winter and cool in the summer.Bil Zbib (Sweet Couscous) CourseSweets LifestylePotluck Friendly, Vegetarian Food TypeFruit, Random Carbs & Grains Servings Prep Time 4people 5minutes Cook Time Passive Time 5minutes 5minutes Servings Prep Time 4people 5minutes Cook Time Passive Time 5minutes …

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Algerian Green Beans

Algerian Green Beans

Serves 4 Algerian green beans, called Loubia, are a nice side dish to almost any meal. Make them ahead and reheat in the oven at the last minute. Ingredients: 1 lb fresh green beans 3 Tbsp peanut oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp paprika a hefty pinch ground cloves 3 Tbsp slivered almonds Method: 1. Steam green beans until tender, about 15 minutes (or if you like them firmer, that’s okay too). 2. In a small skillet over medium heat, combine oil, garlic, cumin, paprika, and cloves. Saute until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add slivered almonds and cook for 1 minute more. 3. In a large serving bowl toss green beans with seasoned oil. Serve hot. 12345 Votes: 2 Rating: 4 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe Algerian green beans, called Loubia, are a nice side dish to almost any meal. Make them ahead and reheat in the oven at the last minute.Algerian Green Beans CourseSides & Salads LifestyleGluten-Free, Potluck Friendly, Quick, Vegan, Vegetarian Food TypeVegetables Servings Prep Time 4people 10minutes …

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Algerian Sunset Salad – Blood Oranges, Fennel, & Black Olives

Serves 4 Blood orange give this salad a reddish hue. The anise of the fennel combined with the salty black olives and sweet oranges makes for an unusual combination. Ingredients: 2 blood oranges, the rind cut off and sectioned 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and sliced thinly 1/4 cup oil-cured black olives 1/4 cup mint leaves, sliced thinly 1/4 cup olive oil 2 Tbsp lemon juice salt pepper Method: 1. In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and mint leaves. 2. Add orange segments, fennel, and olives. Toss to combine. 3. Let sit overnight & adjust seasonings as necessary. 12345 Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe Blood orange give this salad a reddish hue. The anise of the fennel combined with the salty black olives and sweet oranges makes for an unusual combination.Algerian Sunset Salad with Blood Oranges, Fennel, & Black Olives CourseSides & Salads LifestyleGluten-Free, Potluck Friendly, Vegan, Vegetarian Food TypeFruit, Vegetables Servings Prep Time 4people 15minutes Passive Time 8hours Servings Prep Time 4people 15minutes Passive Time 8hours Ingredients 2 …

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Spicy Chickpea Soup | Hummus bi’l Kammun

Serves 2-4 Hummus bi’l Kammun is velvety smooth. The smoky blend of cumin, paprika, harissa, and garlic make this soup a wintertime treat. As a special bonus, this soup is vegan. NOTE: Much like chili, our soup benefits from a day of rest while the flavors deepen. When reheating, thin to desired consistency with a little water. Ingredients: 2 15 oz cans drained and rinsed chickpeas (or 3 cups prepared, dried chickpeas) 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp paprika 1 tsp harissa (or more to taste) 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 quart cooking water salt pepper Method: 1.     In a large pot over medium heat, add garlic, olive oil, cumin, paprika, harissa, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add water and chickpeas (reserve ¼ cup chickpeas for garnish if using shallow bowls). Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. 2.     Use an immersion blender to make a coarse puree. Simmer gently, uncovered, for an hour. Stir occasionally. 3.     Puree again, this time getting the soup perfectly smooth (you may also use a …

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Going shopping at the Middle East Market

“Dang it.” I muttered. After driving across Tulsa, fighting construction and traffic, I was staring at the dark “open” sign of Middle East Market (5459 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa, OK 74146). I looked at the hours of operation; they were supposed to be open another four hours! Squinting my eyes, I peered through the tinted windows. Were those lights on? Holding my breath, I pulled on the door handle.  The door opened and a cheerful bell announced my entrance. “I thought you were closed,” I said. “We get that alot,” the young man behind the counter nodded, “Several times a day, actually.” But I was already looking around, taking inventory. A case of Middle Eastern cheeses, drinks in arabic, beautiful persian teapots, glass teacups, spices, teas, syrups, pickled vegetables, several kinds of couscous. There was even a small rack of clothing. The whole place smelled like toasted spices. I walked in circles for a while, eying everything. “I could use those glass tea cups and that giant tea pot for my Global Table dinners,” I thought, knowing full well that I …

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Harissa Chili Paste

Harissa (also Harisa) is chili paste used to flavor many north african dishes, specifically in Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, and western Sicily. The condiment can be made mild, medium, or hot. For those who don’t feel like making Harissa from scratch, middle eastern markets sell the paste in cans. Whole Foods sells Harissa in the spice aisle (you just add water and olive oil to make the dry mix into a paste). The main components of Harissa: 2 ounces dried Guajillo chili peppers, soaked for 30 minutes, seeded and stemmed 2 ounces dried Anaheim chili peppers, mild, soaked for 30 minutes, seeded and stemmed 5 Garlic cloves, peeled 2 Tbsp water 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, plus extra 1/2 tsp ground caraway 1/2 tsp ground coriander 1 1/2 tsp salt 1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until mixture creates a paste. 2. Cover with extra olive oil and store in the refrigerator. Adapted from A Mediterranean Feast, Clifford Wright 12345 Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe Harissa (also Harisa) is a chili paste used to flavor …

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Menu: Algeria

This menu represents what I found most exciting about Algerian food: the flavors are intense, the spices are hot, and the foods are a blend of the proverbial melting pot. Hummus bi’l Kammun (Chickpea Soup) [Recipe] Pureed chickpeas laced with garlic, cumin, paprika, and harisa. Algerian Sunset Salad [Recipe] Blood oranges, fresh fennel, black olives, and mint make up this unusual salad. Hot Algerian Lasagna (Shakhshukha al-Bisakra) [Recipe] This lasagna contains ground lamb meat, diced potatoes, chickpeas, and harisa. Two teaspoons of cayenne make this dish fire-hot. Gruyère cheese cools things down. Algerian Green Beans [Recipe] Seasoned with garlic, cumin, paprika, and cloves. Slivered almonds give this dish bite. Baguette (French Bread) [Recipe @KAF] French bread is commonplace in Algeria. The crusty bread soaks up flavor and helps diners pick up food without silverware. Bil Zbib (Sweet Couscous) [Recipe] Couscous is a staple of Algerian cuisine. My version of Bil Zbib contains dried apricots, plums, and golden raisins. Llokume (Turkish Delight) [Recipe] Since Algerians love Llokume, I am making this confection again so that I can perfect the recipe. Harissa (Harisa)  [Recipe] This chili paste is used in a lot of Middle Eastern …

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About Algerian Food: Sand, ho! Algeria

Look left. Sand. Look right. More sand. Yep, you guessed correctly. There’s a whole lot of desert in Algeria. In fact, 80% of Algeria is covered by the Sahara Desert, forcing most of the population to live to the north, along the Mediterranean coast (source). The surplus of sand must have inspired the national dish: couscous (couscous is also the national dish of Morocco and Tunisia). Couscous is a very fine pasta shaped just like, well, grains of sand. A warm bed of couscous is the perfect base for intensely flavored dishes. Cayenne pepper, saffron, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves all make appearances in traditional Algerian cuisine. Algerian cusine comes from the proverbial “melting pot.” Olives, oranges, and figs are popular mediterranean components. Turkish Delight and other sweets are the mark of the Ottomans. Baguettes remain a staple due to the lasting French influence in Algeria. PS. In the spirit of authenticity, we’re eating with our right hand this week! Wash up

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Turkish Delight | Llokume

Makes approximately 50 pieces Llokume was popularized in Eastern Europe and North Africa during the Ottoman empire. This recipe makes enough Turkish Delight to share. Bring the confection to a special friend or a party, and you will learn why Albanians are just one of many cultures that find this dessert delightful. Ingredients: For the candy: 4 cups granulated sugar 1 Tbsp real lemon juice 1 1/2 cup water, plus an additional 2 3/4 cups 1 cup cornstarch 1 tsp cream of tartar 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp rose water 1 tsp orange extract yellow food coloring red food coloring For the coating: 2lb bag confectioners sugar 1 cup cornstarch Method: SPECIAL NOTE: Be careful when cooking with boiling hot sugars. Only use glass or metal bowls/containers. No plastic. Day One: 1. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan combine sugar, lemon juice, and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer until the mixture reaches 240F, or soft ball, on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat. NOTE: Sometimes thermometers are slightly off. …

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