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    Zaar World Tour 3 NA*ME Challenge

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    Elmotoo
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:13 am
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    This challenge is brought to you by the Middle East & North Africa Forum


    The cuisines of North Africa and the Middle East reflect the regions long history and varying influences from traders, invaders and immigration.

    Though joined in this forum the two cuisines are quite different. Middle Eastern cuisine enjoys strong influences from India (a historic trading partner with great geographic proximity) and often features ingredients such as lamb, yogurt, mint, thyme (often in a mix called za'atar), sesame seeds and paste, chickpeas, curry powder, saffron, turmeric, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, cucumbers, eggplants, and onions.

    The Middle Eastern influence in North Africa joins these food histories, but other influences are well known including the Berbers which helped make couscous as staple and the wide use potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini traces back to other African nations and chiles from the Americas.


    Playable By: Up to 4 members of each team
    Type: Cooking Challenge


    Your Challenge: Select and prepare a recipe from one of the twenty countries which comprise the North African & Middle Eastern Region. EACH team member must choose a different country.

    Countries represented in the region:
    Iran
    Iraq
    Lebanon
    Syria
    Jordan
    Saudi Arabia
    Palestine
    Kuwait
    Qatar
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Oman
    Yemen
    Bahrain
    Turkey
    Morocco
    Egypt
    Libya
    Algeria
    Tunisia


    (1) Select one of the NA*ME countries and provide a very short description of that country (50 words or less). Along with your blurb, include up to 3 pictures drawn from the Internet.
    (2) Locate an unreviewed recipe from the All Players NA*ME Cookbook that matches (or is close) to the country you have selected. Prepare and review the recipe. Include a link to the recipe in your post.
    (3) Optional: Prepare a second recipe from another country in the region that has not been selected by your or your teammates.

    Don’t Forget to Include Your Team Name in Your Post

    Good Luck!!!


    Last edited by Elmotoo on Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:06 pm, edited 1 time in total
    katia
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:42 am
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    I'm choosing Lebanon!



    Lebanon, officially the Lebanese Republic, is a small, largely mountainous country in the Middle East, located at the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east, and Israel to the south. The flag of Lebanon features a cedar in green against a white backdrop, bounded by two horizontal red stripes along the top and bottom.

    Due to its sectarian diversity, Lebanon follows a special political system, known as confessionalism, meant to distribute power as evenly as possible among different sects.
    Until the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), the country enjoyed relative calm and prosperity, driven by the tourism, agriculture, and banking sectors of the economy. It was considered the banking capital of the Arab Worl and was widely known as the “Switzerland” of the Middle East due to its financial power. Lebanon also attracted large numbers of tourists, to the point that the capital Beirut became widely referred to as the “Paris” of the Middle East.

    Arabic is the official language of Lebanon. French, too, is widely spoken and was an official language during the French mandate (which lasted until 1943).

    The area including modern Lebanon has been for thousands of years a melting pot of various civilizations and cultures. Originally home to the Phoenicians, and then subsequently conquered and occupied by the Assyrians, the Persians , the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, the Ottoman Turks and most recently the Frech.


    The Lebanese cuisine combines the sophistication of European Cuisines with the exotic ingredients of the Middle East. Some of the most popular local dishes include Kibbeh —a lamb-and-cracked-wheat dish,

    and Tabbouleh.



    And the recipe I'm going to try is Lebanese Mjadra - Lentil & Rice Lettuce Cups by **Jubes**

    Thats it! An excellent recipe that we all enjoyed!!!






    Last edited by katia on Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:15 am, edited 2 times in total
    Debber
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:38 am
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    There are NO un-reviewed recipes available for Morocco! So, what do I do?
    Elmotoo
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:00 am
    Forum Host
    Debber wrote:
    There are NO un-reviewed recipes available for Morocco! So, what do I do?


    You can lay claim to the country & keep an eye on the recipes coming in...the cookbook is no where near complete!
    LoriInIndiana
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:25 am
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    Debber wrote:
    There are NO un-reviewed recipes available for Morocco! So, what do I do?


    I saw at least three.................... Check back now. icon_wink.gif
    Bert's Kitchen Witch
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:48 am
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    Elmotoo wrote:
    Debber wrote:
    There are NO un-reviewed recipes available for Morocco! So, what do I do?


    You can lay claim to the country & keep an eye on the recipes coming in...the cookbook is no where near complete!


    wave.gif May I lay claim to Egypt, and to Roasted Fish With Charmoula, Tomatoes and Potatoes, please?


    Last edited by Bert's Kitchen Witch on Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:35 am, edited 1 time in total
    Kim127
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:25 am
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    I would like to choose Lebanon and make Lebanese Cookies #184339 by *Parsley*





    Lebanon:

    Lebanon, officially the Lebanese Republic, is a small, largely mountainous country in the Middle East, located at the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east, and Israel to the south. The flag of Lebanon features a cedar in green against a white backdrop, bounded by two horizontal red stripes along the top and bottom.

    Due to its sectarian diversity, Lebanon follows a special political system, known as confessionalism, meant to distribute power as evenly as possible among different sects.

    Until the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), the country enjoyed relative calm and prosperity, driven by the tourism, agriculture, and banking sectors of the economy. It was considered the banking capital of the Arab world and was widely known as the "Switzerland of the Middle East"due to its financial power. Lebanon also attracted large numbers of tourists, to the point that the capital Beirut became widely referred to as the "Paris of the Middle East."

    Immediately following the end of the war, there were extensive efforts to revive the economy and rebuild national infrastructure. By early 2006, a considerable degree of stability had been achieved throughout much of the country, Beirut's reconstruction was almost complete, and an increasing number of foreign tourists were pouring into Lebanon's resorts. However, the 2006 Lebanon War brought mounting civilian and military casualties, extensive damage to civilian infrastructure, and massive population displacement from July 12, 2006 until a ceasefire went into effect on August 14, 2006. As of September 2006, the Lebanese government has been implementing an early recovery plan aimed at reconstructing property destroyed by Israeli attacks in Beirut, Tyre, and other villages in southern Lebanon.
    (From Wikipedia)




    For the optional I choose Turkey and made Turkish Potatoes and Eggs (Patatesli Yumurta) by Happy Hippie


    Last edited by Kim127 on Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:13 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Maryland Jim
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:15 pm
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    I chose Tunisia and will be making Tunisian Eggs & Peppers by toni gifford
    Annacia
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:33 pm
    Forum Host
    Where do we put our cookbooks please?
    Bert's Kitchen Witch
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:37 pm
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    LoriInIndiana
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:37 pm
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    If you mean your regional recipes, they go here:

    http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=212546
    poo235
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:02 pm
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    For the Devilishly Devious Diners, can I snag Oman and Mezroota #172827?
    Annacia
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:15 pm
    Forum Host
    Thanks ladies icon_biggrin.gif
    Beautiful BC
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:29 pm
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    Can we post a main page with the countries listed with the first name to pick it beside it? I see Lebanon chosen a few times here. And would like Morocco but not sure if Debber actually took it or not. If not - put me down for it please
    Annacia
    Wed Jun 06, 2007 2:01 pm
    Forum Host
    I'd like Morocco for The Queen B's
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