Last night, after the kids were washed and bathed from creating a water slide on their new swing set that ultimately shot them out into a puddle of mud, we completed our cooking adventure in Libya. We made a fish dinner with a few Libyan side dishes. Tonight we want to share our sides as well as pass on the love for some awards we have received in recent weeks.
We are always humbled by and grateful for awards we receive from fellow bloggers, and Mr. N is always quite excited. We were recently honored with The Versatile Blogger Award from both Mandy at The Complete Cook Book and Mary at Inside a British Mum’s Kitchen. Both are wonderful food blogs with amazing recipes. Mandy is currently on a bread baking mission, which as a non-bread baker myself, I’m absolutely enjoying. One of these days I’ll make that my mission as well. I mean who doesn’t love a fresh loaf of bread?! (Well, except for Kay over at Pure Complex, but we’ll forgive her that since she was the first to pass along this award to us a while back. LOL! Love ya Kay!)
And Mary cooks for a busy family with teenage girls. She gives me hope that our kids will still want to hang around in the kitchen with us when they’re teenagers. She’s also the creator of our Libyan couscous dish from last night. It’s a wonderful couscous salad that’s full of fresh flavor and veggies. (Incidentally it got 4 spoons from me, 3 spoons from dad, and while Mr. N and Miss A weren’t fans of the couscous they did eat all the chickpeas they could find!)
So thank you ladies! As the rules go, here is our list of 7 things you don’t know about us (Although some of you already do if you read this before!) as well as our original list of blogs to whom we presented the award. We’d also like to pass on the love to some of our newly found favorites – Our Note 2 Self, Five Euro Food, Sweet Caroline’s Cooking, Chef in Disguise, Savoring Every Bite, Kitchen Belleicious, The Austin Gastronomist and Isabelle at Home. Check ’em out…they’re all good reads – and provide lots of good eats.
The eijjat kausa was a nice complement to our spicy fish; however we think it would have been a lot better fried as was called for in the original recipe on Celtnet. It wasn’t so much the flavors that didn’t click for us, it was the texture. And these weren’t a favorite for the kids though. Mr. N gave them a 2 spoon rating and Miss A doled out her “nasty” vote.
Dad and I also gave the zucchini fritters 2 spoons. Dad enjoyed them with the hot sauce, but not on their own. As for me, I’m not closing the door on this one yet – I may have to try this recipe fried and with chili powder instead of paprika first. The frying process might make all the difference, but isn’t that always the case! 😉
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