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.
- 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 to say the couscous that I found at my grocery store is not the authentic couscous. Mine took 5 minute to cook, not what the Algerian couscous will take.
- I will be honest; my rice loving family didn’t like the couscous itself.I even chose tri-color couscous to make it appealing to the eyes!I simply cooked 1 cup of couscous as per the package direction.
- I served it along with vegetable stew. Both of my kids quickly picked out chick peas, to my surprise.my son call it ‘chippies’.
- I browsed several recipe to get an idea about what makes up this stew and did my own adjustments.
I am pretty sure that the vegetable stew will make a return with or without couscous in our home