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Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in International, missions, Side Dish | 0 comments

Salatat Khiyar(Algerian Cucumber Salad)

Salatat Khiyar(Algerian Cucumber Salad)

 Lilias Trotter, have you heard of her? I found out about this amazing lady through Noel Piper’s book “Faithful women and their extraordinary God”. Well before she sailed to be a missionary in Algeria (more on that in my next post).She was a very gifted watercolor artist. She says, “I cannot give myself to painting in the way he [Ruskin] means and continue still to ‘seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness“{John Ruskin, the renowned artist of the time, said about her watercolors ‘extremely right minded and careful work’}.She enjoyed her art as a gift not a passion, Noël piper writes in her book. She had the ministry back home in England, to help create and run places and programs for poor working girls to get meals and sleep. She taught Bible classes and was involved in rescue work. It meant watching over the vulnerable girl in bad situation who might end her life otherwise .Imagine the looks she must have got, at the time of Victorian England...

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in International, missions | 0 comments

Couscous with vegetable stew

Couscous with vegetable stew

Continuing on the journey to Algeria, we checked out a visual geography series book on Algeria by Francesca Davis DiPiazza. I read part of it with kids and met with questions about sand dunes and desert fox, Fennec 🙂 Did you know that this country has been the battleground for centuries by many empires? Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Byzantines, Ottomans and French have invaded this country. Prayer points Arab brought Islam to the country in 7th century A.D.It continues to be religion of the land despite of many invasions and change in wind over the centuries. Algerians continue to debate the role religion should play in the democracy.Pray for the clarity in legislation to lead. Many Berbers are gravitated towards Christianity more out of disdain towards Islam then to love for Christ. May their eyes be opened.Pray for the reconciliation efforts.(operation world)   I also learnt that Couscous, not rice, is staple of Algerians. So we had to try it.A very specific, vessel couscousiere,is used to make couscous by Algerians .It is fair...

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Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in International | 0 comments

Afghanistan Meal Review

Afghanistan Meal Review

Past couple of weeks,we have been cooking the food of Afghanistan.It is the first country in our list of prayer through Operation world. Our prayer   This is what we feasted on,not all in same day 🙂 Qabili Pilau Banjan Borani Sheer...

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Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in International | 1 comment

Qabili Pilau

Qabili Pilau

What conjures up your mind with “Afghanistan” ? I often think of green eyed Afghan girl, made famous by Steve McCurry’s shot. Something about her eyes are so piercing that it has stuck with me ever since i saw the image for the first time. Behind her eyes lies the reality of war torn country,poverty,society in disarray to name  the few. What is even more sad is, people have not heard the gospel of Christ. Sometimes, I think, how do we pray for them? Life seems so overwhelming there. We are using the opeartion world as a guide to aid in our prayer for healing, stabiity, structure and most importantly for the people of Afghanistan to come to Christ. As i was researching the food of Afghanistan,i came across “Qabili Pilau’ or “Kabuli pulao”.Many variations are there in the name.It is a national dish of Afghanistan. This is what i have learnt about this dish It is very mildly spiced rice dish unlike Indian biriyani. You can add meat...

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Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in International, Veggies | 0 comments

Imam Bayildi(Baked Eggplant boat)

Imam Bayildi(Baked Eggplant boat)

Whats in the name? It is a Turkish eggplant dish.As legends goes,aroma of the dish or the copious amount of olive oil used in the preparation overwhelmed the Imam(priest) and he fainted (out of joy heart palpitations ?)as the dish was served. Whatever may be the reason,i can tell you that if you are eggplant lover,you will love the dish.If you do not like eggplant,like my family,you should still give it a try.Filling is very satisfying. I translated this dish in English as ‘Baked Eggplant boat’because that’s how it looked like to me. If you do not like eggplant,use the similar filling(pepper,onion,tomatoes etc) to zucchini or bell pepper. I used big Italian eggplants.It works best with the filling.My family ate the filling and discarded the eggplant shell. You can use Chinese eggplants.It will look more like a canoe  then a boat 🙂 PrintImam Bayildi(Baked Eggplant boat) Ingredients1 Italian Eggplant 1 medium onion chopped 1 red bell pepper chopped 2 medium tomatoes chopped 3-4 cloves of garlic crushed Handful of chopped parsley...

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Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Condiments, International | 0 comments

Hummus

Hummus

We hosted playdate with purpose camp 2 weeks ago.One of fun thing we did at  the camp was to set up a table with assortment of snacks, each representing the  corner of the world.Kids had to taste the food, turn the globe and blind guess, where the food was from.One of the hit snack on the table was ‘Hummus’ with pita chips. Hummus is a Middle Eastern, Arabic dip made with chick peas.Tahini, which is a paste of sesame seeds is another essential ingredient of Hummus.I like its very smooth texture with tartness, that lemon juice adds to it. My kids liked pita chips earlier but ever since the camp, they both have started liking the pita with Hummus .Yay for me ! All the more reason to make my own hummus.My friend Ethel makes best hummus.So she shared her hummus recipe with me. PrintHummus Ingredients1 (16 Oz) Garbanzo beans(chick peas) 1/4 cup Tahini Juice of 1-1/2 Lemon 2-3 Cloves Garlic 1/2 cup Olive oil Salt to tasteInstructionsIn a small pan,add...

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