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28 March Dinner News – Pakistan & India

Cricket Match
Bringing Hope

High level officials of Pakistan and India are meeting today ahead of the Cricket World Cup match where the two countries will face off with both Prime Ministers in attendance. As the peace talks seem to be gaining traction let’s take an evening to enjoy the culture of these neighbors and prepare a Falooda for your next sporting celebration.

Falooda with a cherry on top

Prepare your Falooda for the post-match celebration

The Meal

Entree

Beef Curry with Basmati Rice – No curry paste here… mix from scratch way to learn to build a curry.

Masala Roasted Chicken Kurma – Tomato gravy with raisins, nuts, and herbs.

Kerala Fish Biryani – Curry leaves and Fish Masala powder can be found at asian and middle eastern markets or online.  Great recipe for building a pantry that can make a continent worth of recipes.

Side Dish

Dahi Baray – Daal fritters soaked in yogurt and garnished with your choice of chutney and masala.

Phool Gobhi Salad – Cabbage, carrot, and peanuts.

Raita – Yogurt and vegetable salad sometimes used as a condiment.

Dessert

Gulab Jamun – Sweet fried balls milk balls in cardamom and rose-water syrup.

Falooda – Ice cream float with optional jello cubes and fruit… but also contains pasta… a must try!

The Chatter

Air force on alert as India gears up for mother of all matches (Guardian)
India, Pakistan in talks ahead of ‘cricket diplomacy’ summit (CNN)
Hope cricket can bring India and Pakistan closer: Lorgat (Hindustan Times)
EDITORIAL: Cricket mania and borderline hysteria (Daily Times)

(Falooda image taken by Ashwin Kumar and used by Creative Commons)

 
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16 March 2011 Dinner News – East Coast of Libya

Battle Wages On
Explanations Become Tough

Hraimeh and Rice

Enjoy the spices and creativity of Libya with Hraimeh and rice

The Meal

With all of this diversity there are many options for celebrating the culture of the eastern coast at your dinner table.  Restaurants in this area offer fantastic classic Italian and Turkish cuisine while lamb is the protein of choice with couscous the national side and dates for a sweet dessert :

Entree

Charouf bil Pisselli o Chedra – Lamb with Kishke and Peas

Couscous bil Hoot – Couscous with fish

Hraimeh – Fish poached in a spicy gravy

Side Dish

Kara’a – Spiced Pumpkin Dip

Lentil and Spinach Salad With Onion, Cumin and Garlic

Shakshuka – Eggs poached in tomato, a dish claimed by many cultures and explained in the opening of this post.

Dessert

Safra – Sweet semolina and date cake.

Zemmeetah – Boiled and roasted barley served with sugar and or dates.

Halawah bil-Fawaak – MIxed fruit with honey.

Al Batheeth – Date Candy

The View

The 8 March 2011 Dinner News post covered some of the culture and food of Southern Libya. The beautiful coastal region provides a window to a rich past:

Ajdabiya

Take a virtual tour of the ancient Fatimid palace, mosque, and fortress, along with the colonial buildings built by the Italians during their occupation:

Ajdabiya’s Tourist FAQ (Word 66 Travel Guide)
Story of a Building, A History of a City (Ajdabiya.com) Story of Fatimid Palace

Cyrene

Travel farther back in time to the ruins of the Greeks at the base of the Akhdar mountains:

Galen R Frysinger’s Photo Tour
The Stunning Greek Ruins (Look Lex)

Benghazi

A cosmopolitan city of one million with a vibrant afternoon scene… there is no drinking in Libya after all… where the food of both Italy and Turkey are well represented both in town and around the lagoon:

Benghazi Restaurants (Virtual Tourist)
Benghazi Beach (Travel Pod Photo Tour)

The Chatter

Reports from Within Ajdabiya, Libya

Many battles along the coast rage on.

While the world watches and prays for Japan the people of Libya continue to battle toward freedom.  The government of the western sections is making in roads along the eastern coast with each day being more bloody than the next:

Libyan Rebels Battle to Hold Ajdabiya (The Street)
Qaddafi Forces Vow to ‘Cleanse’ Rebel-Held City of ‘Armed Gangs’ (Fox News)
Battles rage on two fronts in Libya (UPI)


 
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