Sadly I missed last week's stop Thailand. What a great opportunity for veggie curries I missed :( ....
But well, life goes on and after fighting a really bad cold and a pyelitis I'm nearly fit to go anywhere. Well, nearly.
But let us have a look where Joan from foodalogue is taking us this week for our culinary tour around the world:
Can you guess? Right, it's Egypt!
I was twice in Cairo, and although this might not be reflecting any knowledge about the rest of the country, I at least did eat some original Egyptian food in my life. Strangely not a lot kept in my memory. We still remember Umm Ali, a sweet and heavy desert which the boys devoured in great quantities. But I'm still working on my own veganised version, so this takes a little bit more time.
I know that I loved Karkadeh a lovely hibiscus tea which you can drink hot or cold. And I of course remember ful nabed, the Egyptian fava bean stew. I couldn't get either hibiscus or fava beans, and I still wasn't well enough to drive to the next greater town to look for the ingredients, so I decided on something simple. A soup, since soups seem to help in all matters of bad health.
I decided on a cauliflower soup with cumin and fennel from EgyptianFood.org.
North African Cauliflower Soup with Cumin, Chives and Fennel (source: EgyptianFood.org)
2 1/2 cups chopped onions
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups diced potatoes
5 cups chopped cauliflower
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground fennel
4 cups hot water
2 vegetable bouillon cube
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
salt & freshly ground black pepper
chopped tomatoes and chives
In a large Dutch oven or saucepan, saute onions in vegetable oil for 5 to 10 minutes, or until translucent.
Add the potatoes, cumin, and fennel; cook for 1 minute.
Add the hot water; cover, turn up the heat and bring to a boil.
Add the cauliflower and bouillon cubes and return to a boil.
Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or until the vetetables are tender.
In a blender, puree and vegetable/broth mixture until smooth.
Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste.
Reheat the soup, being careful not to scorch it.
Serve warm; garnish with chopped tomatoes and chives.
It was a good soup, but to say it reflects the spirits of Egypt is going too far. So in the end I was a bit dissappointed. For a little bit of comfort, here some photos of Cairo I took two years ago (obviously with an awful camera):
|Overview over Cairo|
|Homes for the poor along the Nile (I can only hope that this will now change for the better)|
|Pyramid of Khufu, but have a look at the sign for the perfumery 'Ramses' |