This weekend we are wrapping up our Egyptian adventure with another winning recipe. When dad first picked Egypt a few weeks ago, we knew little about the local cuisine. We figured we would come across some traditional Middle Eastern dishes such as falafel or babaganoush – and we did. But we also discovered that Egyptian cuisine has influences from the Mediterranean, Europe, Africa and the Middle East and offers a lot of healthy, flavorful cooking options.
Tonight’s recipe is one of the first that we came across for the region and we instantly knew we had to try it. This recipe for Egyptian Seafood Pasta is very similar to an Italian dish that dad and I used to eat a ton of when we were dating. So going in it already had a lot to live up to.
The calamari and tomatoes cook for about 10 minutes at which point the shrimp and mussels are incorporated. We cooked the seafood another three minutes. When the mussels started popping open we knew we were in business. We served the seafood mix over a whole grain spaghetti.
At this point Mr. N was about jumping out of his pants to eat dinner. He was so excited because it looked so good and he “hasn’t had mussels for years!” Fortunately the pasta lived up to his expectations and received a 4 spoons.
Miss A and I also gave our Egyptian seafood dish 4 spoons. I really enjoyed the hint of cloves in each bite. Much to my surprise it went really well with the garlic and tomatoes. Miss A also enjoyed the tomatoes and really liked the calamari. In her words it was “really, really, really, really good.”
Dad gave tonight’s dinner 3 spoons. He prefers a more dense sauce to the light sauce in this recipe. He still enjoyed it though and based on the fact that he had several helpings, I’m assuming he’d eat it again.
Overall, we’re all happy we discovered the cuisines of Egypt and we’re looking forward to attempting one more dessert. Now if I can just pull it off. It’s a recipe that I know will challenge my patience – possibly even more so than frosting a cake!
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