Bowl of kik alicha

Well, I call it ‘porridge’ anyway. It’s textured more like split pea soup, but it’s thick and served over rice. Flavor-wise, it’s rich and creamy but on the subtle side, so the peas and rice are free to do their…

Casserole dish with noodles, sauce, and bechamel layers

I’ll start with the warning that this recipe serves about eight, and I’ve cut it in half versus a lot of the variations out there.  With that out of the way, here’s a nice casserole that’s like a stripped-down lasagna….

Bowl of Djibouti Skoudehkaris 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. …

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 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

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

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

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…

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

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…