#78: Western Sahara

Welcome to Holiday Season!

Well, to Hanukkah and Christmas and Kwanzaa season anyway! But the point being, it’s winter wonderful here in the Metro D. There’s snow flakes, big Bronco’s W’s, hot coco and hot coffee, cold puppy kisses and warm hearts. We have friends and family– which makes it all so much sweeter. I’m definitely that person that sings Christmas carols and watches Christmas movies in droves. I love it. I’m not happy till I’m knee deep in Christmas lights and elbow deep in sugar cookie dough. It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year. If you’re not in the spirit yet, embrace it, it’s magical.

THE DINNER: Coming off the turkey coma this week, we chose a vegetarian recipe this week for Western Sahara. We didn’t have a hard time locating a veggie recipe actually, as it’s community tends shy away from meat on the regular. It’s much like it’s Northern African counterpart, Morocco, in that way. There was also something about not spending hours and hours over a hot stove. After last week’s French expedition coupled with Turkey day, we wanted something simple, happy and lovely.

African Chickpea and Eggplant Salad: http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/moroccan-vegetables-and-chickpeas-2/

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: HALF STAR out of five this meal!
You heard me right, half star of difficulty. It’s that simple. You literally chop, throw in the oven and toss. It’s done. It’s five ingredients. It’s might literally be the easiest meal we’ve made on AW195S! Which was welcome for the aforementioned reasons.

Best dish of all time scale: FOUR STARS out of five for Meal!!
Well, it was simple, but that doesn’t mean it was sorry. It was really refreshing actually. Something lovely happens with garbanzos… For me, it’s a texture that they offer in salads when raw. They’re just one of those legumes that is under celebrated. This was the highlight of this meal, that and the cumin. It could have been spicier, it could have had something with more of a “snap” to it like pine nuts or bell pepper which is why I think we gave it a four stars. It was good, but not outstanding. For how easy it was, however, it was a home run. It took 10 min in prep, 40 min in the oven unattended. Wham, Bam, Thank you Ma’am brought to you by W.Sahara!

I have long been craving some Asian food, so we settled on Laos for #79!!

Baby, it’s cold outside!
– L & K

 

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