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    What's on your summer menu??

    Thu Jun 14, 2007 2:49 am Groupie
    Good morning, everyone!

    I was just wondering what to cook for the next weeks... While browsing through Um Safia's recipes I found some things I always wanted to try like reshta, for example!
    But the mere thought of things like tajines or stews makes me sweat! So, I asked DH what people in Algeria would eat during the hot, hot months of summer: Fried fish, roasted chicken, peppers with tomatoes... no tajines, please!

    So, do you have special recipes for this time of the year? Any salads or, kebabs or... whatever icon_biggrin.gif . Any comments or ideas are appreciated!!!

    Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:56 am Groupie
    Hello Halal Mom!!!

    Do you have a barbecue? We cook out alot in the summer. One of my husband's favorites is barbecued merguez. No recipe needed just throw it on the grill. You can serve in a sandwich or with side dishes like my Lentil and Couscous Salad or potato salad or corn on the cob.

    My Mom and Dad are always cooking chicken on the grill and then making sandwiches with it. My husband and younger daughter love hard-boiled eggs so we make them and serve with salad.

    I've made the following recipes this week and none of them heated up the kitchen too much (only one is NAME):

    L'kebab (Algerian Fried Potato in Sauce) - not really "summer food" but husband craved it
    Chicken Fajitas - cooks up quickly
    Peanut Noodles - you can make the sauce ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate til ready to use, just toss with hot pasta
    Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:48 am Groupie
    This week, I will give the peanut noodles a try... icon_biggrin.gif
    It is so hot here at the moment, the only thing I can think of is water melons!

    This weekend we had Evelyn's wonderful Yemista, stuffed vegetables, also very good for those hot summer evenings!

    Any more ideas???
    Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:51 pm Groupie
    When it gets too hot to turn on the oven, I do a lot more recipes in my crock pot. Winter Squash, Chickpea & Red Lentil Stew is not an authentic NA-ME recipe but the taste is great. Same for Moroccan Chicken. In both, you can easily play with the spices to make it your own.

    As for grilling, Moroccan Chicken Kebobs and Egyptian Kebabs are yummy and the yogurt makes the chicken rather tender. Not in the mood for chicken, try Greek Lamb Brochettes which is more Greek. (Also more Greek but soooo good are Grilled Chicken, Red Onion, and Mint Kebabs.)

    I also do a lot of salads with beans included for protein. Foul Mud a La Alfanoose is delicious.

    Hope this helps!
    Mon Jul 09, 2007 7:47 pm
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    I'm going to make a batch of preserved lemons to use throughout the summer. Among other things!
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