بالهناء والشفاء – Libya

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.

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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.IMG_3466

I made mseyer, pickled vegetables, which we served with the couscous bil bulsa.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

We made several yogurt dips, one spicy and one mild. I was a fan of both. IMG_3492

Trevor capturing another candid about which I ask myself, what is my face doing?!IMG_3872

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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.IMG_3503

 

 

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