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    Elmotoo
    Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:12 pm
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    .........................................NA/ME goes to LIBYA!





    Libya is an Arab country in the Maghreb region of North Africa bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west. It's the 17th largest nation in the world by size.

    In 2009 Libya had the highest HDI in Africa and the fourth highest GDP (PPP) per capita in Africa, behind Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Libya has the 10th-largest proven oil reserves of any country in the world and the 17th-highest petroleum production.

    Tens of thousands of years ago, the Sahara Desert, which now covers roughly 90% of Libya, was lush with green vegetation. It was home to lakes, forests, diverse wildlife and a temperate Mediterranean climate. Archaeological evidence indicates that the coastal plain of Ancient Libya was inhabited by Neolithic peoples from as early as 8000 BC. These peoples were perhaps drawn by the climate, which enabled their culture to grow; the Ancient Libyans were skilled in the domestication of cattle and the cultivation of crops.

    The Libyan Desert, which covers much of Libya, is one of the most arid places on earth. In places, decades may pass without rain, and even in the highlands rainfall seldom happens, once every 5–10 years. At Uweinat, as of 2006 the last recorded rainfall was in September 1998!

    Likewise, the temperature in the Libyan desert can be extreme; on 13 September 1922 the town of 'Aziziya, which is located southwest of Tripoli, recorded an air temperature of 57.8 °C (136.0 °F), considered to be a world record. In September 2012, however, the world record figure of 57.8°C was overturned by the World Meteorological Organization.

    Libyan cuisine is generally simple, and is very similar to Sahara cuisine. In many undeveloped areas and small towns, restaurants may be nonexistent, and food stores may be the only source to obtain food products. Some common Libyan foods include couscous, bazeen, which is a type of unsweetened cake, and shurba, which is soup. Libyan restaurants may serve international cuisine, or may serve simpler fare such as lamb, chicken, vegetable stew, potatoes and macaroni. Alcohol consumption is illegal in the entire country.

    There are four main ingredients of traditional Libyan food: olives (and olive oil), palm dates, grains and milk. Grains are roasted, ground, sieved and used for making bread, cakes, soups and bazeen. Dates are harvested, dried and can be eaten as they are, made into syrup or slightly fried and eaten with bsisa and milk. After eating, Libyans often drink black tea. This is normally repeated a second time (for the second glass of tea), and in the third round the tea is served with roasted peanuts or roasted almonds (mixed with the tea in the same glass).

    (Thank you, Wikipedia & Google images)


    Last edited by Elmotoo on Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:20 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Elmotoo
    Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:27 pm
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    Last edited by Elmotoo on Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:28 pm, edited 3 times in total
    Mia in Germany
    Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:38 pm
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    Great intro, thanks for putting it together icon_biggrin.gif I had never heard before that those particular ingredients were so typical for this country. Interesting!

    And here's my first tag:
    Hraimeh (Spicy Libyan Fish) #330293 by Jewpanese cook
    Elmotoo
    Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:33 pm
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    Last edited by Elmotoo on Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:35 pm, edited 2 times in total
    Elmotoo
    Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:33 pm
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    Mia in Germany wrote:
    Great intro, thanks for putting it together icon_biggrin.gif I had never heard before that those particular ingredients were so typical for this country. Interesting!

    And here's my first tag:
    Hraimeh (Spicy Libyan Fish) #330293 by Jewpanese cook


    Thank you, Mia!
    UmmBinat
    Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:05 pm
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    We are staying with a Libyan who denies his background. This should be fun!
    UmmBinat
    Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:10 pm
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    OK I have seen peanuts, black tea, and my favourite soft expensive medjool dates lying around the cupboard I have also had to defend why my daughters don't drink milk! The Libyan must still be in his blood. (Arabic saying)
    Elmotoo
    Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:18 pm
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    UmmBinat wrote:
    We are staying with a Libyan who denies his background. This should be fun!


    wave.gif denies his background?? ah well....happy eating!!
    Elmotoo
    Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:20 pm
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    UmmBinat wrote:
    OK I have seen peanuts, black tea, and my favourite soft expensive medjool dates lying around the cupboard I have also had to defend why my daughters don't drink milk! The Libyan must still be in his blood. (Arabic saying)


    icon_wink.gif i had an entire pound of crystallized ginger disappear! i think dh ate it but he ain't fessing up.
    UmmBinat
    Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:42 pm
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    Elmotoo wrote:
    UmmBinat wrote:
    OK I have seen peanuts, black tea, and my favourite soft expensive medjool dates lying around the cupboard I have also had to defend why my daughters don't drink milk! The Libyan must still be in his blood. (Arabic saying)


    icon_wink.gif i had an entire pound of crystallized ginger disappear! i think dh ate it but he ain't fessing up.


    If I was at your house it would have been me or my daughter ;p
    Annacia
    Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:48 pm
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    At my house it's dates that vanish.
    Annacia
    Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:07 pm
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    I went searching and will tag:

    Libyan Carrot Dish #432088 by ronitlyon

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    UmmBinat
    Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:15 pm
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    Annacia wrote:
    At my house it's dates that vanish.


    I make dates vanish too icon_wink.gif
    Elmotoo
    Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:23 pm
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    Annacia wrote:
    I went searching and will tag:

    Libyan Carrot Dish #432088 by ronitlyon

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    wonderful! i was eyeballing that one too. i have your tag all recorded up above!
    Annacia
    Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:33 pm
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    UmmBinat wrote:
    Annacia wrote:
    At my house it's dates that vanish.


    I make dates vanish too icon_wink.gif


    In my house it's DH who is responsible. He loves sweet above all else when it comes to food.
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