No last minute runs to Whole Foods this time. Hah! I win!
Gained independence from France in 1962.
Borders the Mediterranean Sea.
11th biggest country for land area, second largest in Africa.
Only 3.17% of their land is arable and .28% is permanent crops.
34.5 million in population.
99% Sunni Muslim
There are 90,000 refugees from Western Sahara in Algeria.
Cuisine: Fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences.
National Dish: Couscous
Sources: CIA Factbook and Algeria.com
I was really hoping that my international cookbook would have a recipe for Algeria, since it has "Northern Africa" as an area for recipes. Nothing there, though. I'll let you know how the cookbook works when I can use it.
Instead, I decided that wanted to make something with couscous since that was the Algerian national dish. So I started looking. I ran into some of the same problems as last time: I would find the exact same recipe, with the same misspellings, on multiple websites. In the end, I decided to combine two recipes. Crazy, isn't it?
This was the recipe I found multiple places, so it has to be authentic, right?
Algerian Chicken Couscous
But I liked the sound of this couscous better. The other one was just plain, where this one had extra flavor:
Aunt Bonnie, thank you for your help, but I had already picked this out by the time you sent your research.
I wasn't sure whether they would work together, but I thought it was worth a try. Hopefully I am not ruining the national dish of Algeria or anything.
Kevin and I went shopping to the commisary to get the food. There are benefits to marrying a man in the Navy. :-) Not a lot of couscous choices, though...
This dish called for a lot of produce, which certainly makes for a lot of color.
|The yellow pepper was not harmed in the making of this dish.|
|Too cute for his own good.|
|Fun with colors.|
|Hopefully no blood around?|
|Cinnamon and garlic make onions much better.|
This meal looked and smelled amazing as we set the table. And you know what? Unlike last week, we weren't disappointed! There was a lot of flavor and it was a nice one pot meal. There was a bit too much cinnamon, probably because I combined two recipes which both had cinnamon in them. Also, I would recommend cutting the zucchini smaller...it is too easy to eat around it this way. And finally, don't have it with a flavorful wine...way too much.
Overall however, it was very good. It made good leftovers too. The chicken was very tender and you certainly couldn't say that it was bland.
Now on leftovers...
Obviously, most of this food makes a large number of servings. We would like people to come eat this stuff with us. If anyone is ever in the DC area and would like to partake in our culinary journey around the world, let me know. We would love to have you. I just need to know sufficiently ahead of time to start planning...
One more picture to leave you with...
|Tesla in a beer box!|
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