Bowl of Djibouti Skoudehkaris lamb and rice

Skoudehkaris (Djibouti Lamb and Rice)

Yay! Another one-pot meal. This one’s from Djibouti, a small country right where the Gulf of Aden meets the Red Sea. It was a French colony by treaty from 1883-1977, so there’s a fair amount of influence on the food. …

Siga Tibs (Ethiopian Beef Stew)

Despite what restaurant menus say, Ethiopians don’t eat a ton of meat ~ mostly legumes and the like. So, this would be a special dish ~ New Years, birthdays, etc. As such, it’s part stir-fry, part stew, and even with…

Niter Kibbeh (Ethiopian Magic Butter)

Niter kibbeh is a staple in Ethiopian cuisine, where if the recipe says “butter”, they probably mean this.  It’s basically clarified butter with onions and a bunch of aromatic stuff in it. This recipe makes a fair amount, but I…

Bowl of Thai beef and basil on rice

Pad Gra Prow (Thai Beef and Basil)

I like Thai food, and I like basil, but I don’t like dried coconut, so any time I find a recipe it makes Kat happy.  It also helps that we have a ridiculous amount of basil in the pots this…

Libyan green peppers stuffed with lamb, rice, and tomatoes

Lybian Mahshi (Stuffed Vegetables)

So “mahshi” means “stuffed” in Arabic. You can stuff a lot of vegetables like zucchini or eggplant if you really want to. I don’t want to, so I’m sticking with green peppers. At 48, I’m allowed to make these choices….

Macroona Imbakbaka

Macroona Imbakaka (Libyan Chicken and Pasta)

Seems like most people say “this is Libya’s quintessential dish” which usually means “I can’t tell you mom’s recipe under penalty of death”, but here we are, and it’s not my mom.  So… Call it North African/Italian fusion in a…

Libyan Bzaar Spice Mix

Okidoki, so I’ve scavenged the internets and despite how often bzaar pops up in recipes, it’s nearly impossible to find. Basically, this UK shop where I bought mine: https://oea-libya.com/products/bzaar-spice (if you’re in the US, shipping is pretty steep).  So I…

Keema Matar Curry

Keema Matar – Mincemeat and Peas Curry

So, Kat says this one is a 13/10 and the kid agrees, so I guess that’s an endorsement.  This is mostly a ground meat and tomatoes dish, where the peas add a little something extra. And, like some of my…

Keema Matar Curry

Sharba (Libyan Soup)

More home cookin’, Libyan style. This soup is lamb, chickpeas, and orzo on a tomato base. The main seasoning is ‘bzaar’, whose flavor has some nice high aromas without smothering the ingredients, and is accented by fresh cilantro and mint….

Photo of aloo gosht

Aloo Gosht – Pakistani Beef and Potato Stew

Aloo Gosht (literally, potatoes and meat) is one of those comfort-food things that will probably go into regular rotation here, hopefully to the detriment of some of the yummy-but-bad-for-you-glop everyone likes. Beneath the potatoes and beef, there’s a tomato base,…