Egyptian delights

Omigosh!! Did I truly write that Egyptian food did not sound very exciting? It was amazing.

The dukkah was surely the best dukkah I’ve ever tasted, and I’ll certainly keep that recipe for future use. I had made Paul Hollywood’s Maneesh before, and can highly recommend it. Like most bread recipes, the result belies the simplicity of the method. It’s a very impressive bread for very little effort

Koshari, fattoush, lentil soup, falafel cakes, spiced prawns. The list of yummy foods just goes on and on. Although the “Egyptian roasted chicken and potatoes” was delicious, it was flavoured with Italian herbs. I’m not convinced that putting “Egyptian” at the beginning makes it authentic Egyptian. It could have been Spanish or Moroccan roasted chicken and potatoes. But anyway – very nice it was.

The Om Ali was seriously delicious. It’s a dessert made of nuts and fruit, torn up baked puff pastry, milk and cream. Heavenly!

My work-friend, Jess, had given me a recipe for a unicorn cheesecake, and it’s been sitting on my fridge yelling “make me, make me” for a while now. And every time Lani comes to my place she says “make it, make it”. So Lani and I made it on Friday, and we launched ourselves into it today. Maybe we could have called it an Egyptian unicorn cheesecake.

The first round of Cleopatra’s kiss was too spicy, but the second was milder and a little easier on the palate. Similar or opposite to the real thing, I wonder?

It was a perfect spring day in Melbourne – the first dry day we’ve had in what seems like ages, so it was lovely sitting outside, sipping Cleopatra’s many kisses and chatting about all sorts of things.

Some photos of the day are included below. And, yes, that’s an Egyptian party pie that Liam is eating 🙂

Thanks to Jan and Leonie for your company today – you made it a lovely group, and we had a lot of fun!

Thanks to Jan for doing the quiz. Thanks to Leonie for being gentle and not trouncing us at it. And thanks to Elysia for the photos. Again!

Our next country is Nepal. Love Nepalese food!! Watch this space …

 

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