Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Exquisite Day / Un Jour Exquis


I meant to tell you more stories today.
I meant to tell you about the neighbourhood market, the home brined olives, the pile of juicy organic oranges in our kitchen, the street foods, the people, the roadside vendors, the local art, the local music, the regional clothes, the sand, the sea and the warm days.

I meant to tell you all. I meant to tell you about the unforgettable couscous with swordfish my mother made on a beautiful sunny Friday. She usually uses grouper, which I personally prefer, but swordfish isn’t a bad choice either. We took out the gorgeous plates her friend Hassiba made for her and we feasted on couscous, grapes and dates. We were full, we were dizzy and we all took a nap, which was very appropriate on a heavy Friday afternoon.

I apologize if there will be no recipe of the couscous today, but I wanted to stop by to wish you all a happy, blessed and exquisite Thanksgiving Day.

I am sure your kitchen, and your family, must be whistling of excitement. And in case you need some last-minute ideas, what follows is some of my falls favourite.

Soup and Starters:
- Roasted Beets Salad
- Harira Soup
- Roasted Butternut Squash soup
- Marinated Feta Cheese
- Parmesan Black Pepper Crackers
- Bourek

- Algerian Semolina Bread
- Challah with Candied orange peels

Side Dishes:
- Sweet Potatoes Tagine
- Spicy Roasted Carrots
- Broiled eggplant Zaalouk
- Chedar, Goat cheese and Cilantro Cake
- Warm leek salad

- Easy Peasy Lemon Tart
- Egyptian Bread Pudding
- Fragrant Rice Pudding


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Amazing stories and menu recipes!! :-)

Victoria said...

And for you at home a happy, happy Thanksgiving too.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful visit with us.

Jen said...

Have a lovely time with your family! And what a gorgeous photograph.

I'm so sorry we'll miss you on the 13th, but so glad you'll be off with sea, sand and dates!

Anonymous said...

i love the way you write!