Couscous/Bulgur

Kibbeh for the soul

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Kibbeh is not last minute. It is not quick pasta or a hurriedly prepared sandwich on a night when nobody feels like cooking. No. Kibbeh is meditation. It is made with the most expensive ingredients- time and expertise. I am just a doodler in the world of kibbeh. I do not have the years of […]

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Wheat, Much More Than Flour

April 9, 2010

What are all those bags of grains in various shades of beige in the corner of the spice store? For years I passed them by, attracted to the jars of paprika reds, yellows, and deep cinnamon browns lining the wall behind the counter, exotic and mysterious. But one day I accompanied the wheat lady to […]

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Hand Raked Couscous and Couscous Stew

November 28, 2009

It was one of the dumpiest little restaurants I ever went to, with a bare cement floor, plastic tent walls and the backroom cook who would often be  seen stirring the soup with a cigarette dangling precariously from her mouth. Located at the back of the central bus station, the eatery was often visited by […]

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Bulgur, Babylonian fast food

March 27, 2009

I would like to extol the virtues of bulgur; healthy, tasty, quick to prepare and versatile. Bulgur has been eaten for thousands of years, even before biblical times in ancient Sumeria and Babylonia and is still a staple in many countries of the Middle East. Bulgur is wheat that has been parboiled, dried, debranned and […]

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