Libya: Shakshuka, hasa adas, couscous bil bulsa, khubzit housh, agras batata mabshura, mseyer, yogurt dips, magroodh
This is couch cuisine meal #46! And the third in my trio of learning more about our global neighbors impacted by recent political actions.
Kristina generously offered to help with the shopping and cooking. Here’s some of the bounty I used for pickling that she brought from the public market.
After getting an early start on the meal with the pickled vegetables, I made the dessert since I knew it would be time consuming. And it was. I made magroodh – date filled semolina cookies. They were definitely a one time labor of love that I will not repeat! They were tasty but definitely tried my patience.
I made Libyan bread, which was also a bit of a trial and the dough took lots of TLC. It didn’t cook evenly, but my friends kindly said they liked it that way 😉
Bundle of bread!
We made potato fritters, presumably for an appetizer, but I got so behind in my prep from the cookies that I hadn’t started these by the time folks started arriving. Philip to the rescue once again.
I think the dish of the night was the humble lentil dish – hasa adas (I did not add the bread at the end as the recipe calls for). Onions for days.
I’ve been wanting to make shakshuka for awhile, honestly in part because it pops up all over my instagram feed as a weekend brunch fav. My version was not quite so instagram-able, but it was fun to make and a good pair with the bread.
Trevor capturing another candid about which I ask myself, what is my face doing?!
The company was delightful and the meal turned out well despite a few harried moments. My favorite part was crowding around the table for leisurely conversation and dessert. All the good stuff.