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    ZWT 6 NA*ME Celebrity Couscous Capers Challenge

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    Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:41 am
    Forum Host
    ~Leslie~ wrote:
    That looks like a house Stephen King would own!
    Gorgeous, yet kinda creepy icon_lol.gif

    Very Cool! For some reason I always thought he lived out in the country......and didn't he get hit by that car while picking up his mail from his mailbox? I guess that's why I pictured a country home.

    I don't know if he was out to pick up his mail (I thought he was taking a break from writing and was out to take a walk ??). But yes he was hurt quite badly after being hit by a driver who was momentarily distracted by his dog who was in the back of the car but not restrained. It was some place in Maine, I believe, perhaps 10 years ago.
    Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:42 pm Groupie

    Howdy all.....if it's okay I'll be taking Hokies' place in this challenge.....I'll make Moroccan Peanut Couscous With Peas #428026 by Virginia Cherry Blossom icon_smile.gif
    Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:38 pm Groupie
    For the Voracious Vagaonds . . .

    Made and reviewed:
    Couscous Chicken Salad #232753
    Sydney Mike
    Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:10 pm Groupie

    Here is the completion of Part One of this challenge, my team's journal of our Egyptian Cruise ~ ~

    The Ya Ya Cookerhood’s Egyptian Cruise on the Nile

    While touring North Africa & the Middle East with Zaar World Tour 6, The Ya Ya Cookerhood team managed a brief side trip to Egypt. Everything it oriented toward the Nile, & we did a bit of sight-seeing ~ the pyramids & Sphinx, etc ~ but our main goal was to board a river boat and cruise up the Nile.

    Our World Tour team included Sydney Mike, diner524, Charlotte J, Chocolatl, Debber, English_Rose, gailanng, Iceland, lindseylcw, Michelle Berteig and UmmBinat, and we boarded the boat in Cairo. Before the boat actually left the dock, our group merged with a much smaller group led by, of all people, Angela Lansbury, who was doing the Nile cruise, too!

    One would never have known that this film and stage actress was in her mid-80s, so full of life & inquisitive she was! Although she had been on a similar cruise years before, there were new things for her to discover & she was happy to share both her previous & her new experiences with us. For sure we had a regular tour guide, but Miss Lansbury was, for us anyway, our primary guide!

    Considering that all the rest of my tour group were women, as was Miss Lansbury’s small group, it’s not surprising that during the river cruise those sights we fixated on were female-oriented ~ The Valley of the Queens (as well as the Valley of the Kings, to be sure) and, at Luxor, the Temple of Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s longest ruling female pharaoh (who ruled as a king, not a queen), and the many building projects that she initiated during her 20-some-odd years as Egypt’s sovereign. Statues, obelisks & parts of other projects that were commissioned by her can be found in most major museums throughout the world.

    One of this female pharaoh’s most impressive structures is her mortuary temple not far from Luxor & on the west bank of the Nile near the entrance to what is now known as the Valley of the Kings. With a little imagination, one can visualize the lush gardens that once graced the terraces of this magnificent temple.

    During the reign of Hatshepsut’s successor, many of her more public acclamations were defaced or torn down, while others were claimed as having been built by and for her successor. History, however, has its own way of rectifying such untruths, and the list of her accomplishments continues to grow.

    Heading back north, down the Nile to Cairo, we enjoyed the company of our companion, Miss Lansbury, and it wasn’t until we disembarked from the riverboat that we realized how much we’d be missing her.

    However, although we did have to merge with the ZWT6 by nightfall & continue our world tour with them, we managed to spend the afternoon at that most famous of Cairo markets, Khan el-Khalili, more informally known as the Khan. Anything you might want to buy was available there, from antiquities to clothing to food, you name it! And, although now & then a team member might get lost in any number of stalls, one could almost always be sure of finding them again around the spice & food peddlers.

    Where else would we be since the likes of us spend so much of our time on RecipeZaar AND in the kitchen!
    Pesto lover
    Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:26 pm Groupie

    For part 2, as a member of No-Nonsense Nibblers, I will make The Wallaces' - Morrocan Chicken With Couscous #428281
    Dreamer in Ontario
    Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:01 pm Groupie

    by Dreamer in Ontario #171790

    My Trip to Tunisia with Leonard Cohen

    I can’t believe it. I won the first prize in a radio quiz and I’m going to Tunisia with…. you’ll never guess…Leonard Cohen!
    Leonard and I left Toronto International Airport on a cold, blustery morning. After a long flight over the Atlantic while still in the air we could see tantalizing views of sandy beaches along the North African coast and colorful fields of wildflowers. We landed at Tunis Carthage International Airport where the temperature was a delightful 70F and we could detect the aroma of jasmine from the not too distant Mediterranean Sea.

    From the airport we took a louage, which is a large car or minibus which is painted white with a red stripe across the front and along the side, to our stunning hotel, The Residence, located on a beautiful sandy beach. Leonard and I are both very tall people and we were fortunate enough to be able to sit in the middle row of seats as the louage is tiny!

    The following morning we journeyed to Ichkeul National Park in northern Tunisia by private cab. The lake and wetlands is an important stopping-over point for hundreds of thousands of migrating birds each year. Among the lake's visitors are ducks, geese, storks, and pink flamingoes. This is a bird watchers’ paradise.

    Leaving the park we went on to visit rolling plains dotted with citrus and olive groves, then on to
    Sidi Bou Said is a town in northern Tunisia. The town got its name for a Muslim religious figure who lived there, Abou Said ibn Khalef ibn Yahia Ettamini el Beji (before he came along, it was called Jabal el-Menar). The town itself is a tourist attraction and is famous for the extensive use of blue and white colors all over the town.

    It’s been a long day and now we return to our hotel for the night. The following day we travel to the picturesque southern desert oasis town of Douz to see the vast Sahara desert. This is the home of the Mherazig Berbers, most of who have been settled here for generations. Only about 20 families still lead a nomadic life all year round.
    Here we sign up for a 1 day camel excursion. Wake up time is dawn. We follow our taciturn guide through the dunes of the Grand Erg Oriental (Great Eastern Sand Sea) and soon slip into the rhythm of a desert journey. We rest during the heat of the day, and I’ll tell you, it is hot! In the evening our camels are hobbled and our guide prepares us some delicious mint tea and a light meal. We’re still in Douz on Thursday which is market day. Desert dwellers come from all around to buy and sell their wares.

    Friday it’s back to our hotel to enjoy once again 5 star dining and basking on exquisite beach. Saturday we fly home.
    Throughout our stay we had the most delicious foods. Tunisian cuisine is a blend of local know-how and contributions from many sources, including but not exclusive to the Berbers, Arabs, Turks, Italians and the Jewish community.
    The cuisine is based on olive oil and spices combined to create gourmet food from simple and inexpensive products. They also use tomatoes, fish and meats. Some days we started our meals with brik a l’oeuf and tuna appetizers. It consists of triangle shaped pastry stuffed with tuna, herbs, an egg and fried in oil. Other days we had home pressed olive oil, a few green olives, heavy and grainy country bread, and a salad of sliced scarlet radishes or plump tomatoes served with grilled fish. We also dined on vegetable soup and fish soup. While in the rural Saharan town of Douz we enjoyed a simple meal of home made bread and harissa, the Tunisian national spicy sauce.

    Tunisia is a wonderful country. The people are friendly. The climate is delightful. There is enough to do and see to keep you coming back year after year. I hope I’ll be able to return soon.

    P.S. When we got home Leonard waited in our limo while I stocked up on some groceries. When we arrived at my home he carried my groceries in and bid me adieu. The Nancy White song was wrong and my life is fulfilled.

    For my recipe in the Couscous Challenge I merp'd
    Saffron & Raisin Couscous With Fresh Mint #424325

    Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:21 pm
    Forum Host
    THANK YOU YaYa's & SASSY's for the fantastic stories!! Seriously, travel agents should troll the ZWT threads for stuff to make brochures with.

    UPDATED TO HERE. icon_smile.gif

    Good night ~ Beth
    Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:12 pm Groupie

    Reviewed Morrocan Couscous #427752 by PanNan for the Couscous Capers Challenge.
    Muffin Goddess
    Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:02 pm Groupie

    for Part 2 of this challenge, I made and reviewed Prawn and Harissa Stew With Couscous by Lou van -- mmm!

    Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:49 pm Groupie

    For part II of the couscous challenge I made and reviewed:
    Moroccan Peanut Couscous With Peas #428026 by Virginia Cherry Blossom
    submitted by CJAY of the Mischief Makers
    Kumquat the Cat's friend
    Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:34 pm Groupie
    Xtra-Hot Dishes did this guys:

    Savory Tofu and Vegetables over Tomato Couscous by Enjolinfam

    Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:33 pm Groupie

    Right off the bat, I’ve got some explaining to do. Some folk’s think I’m BakinBaby Chef 96177 on Reicpezaar; a sweet little (??) old lady from Cave Creek, Arizona that loves to cook. In real life, I’m “Boots”, Dora the Explorer’s pal. I wear red boots, love baseball and love riddles, nuts and chocolate. When she and I saw the opportunity to take a trip to Algiers, we flipped over it. Here is a journal of our adventures in Algeria.

    As we all know, Dora had to check with Map to make sure we had our itennery down pat. After getting his approval, we packed our purple backpacks and headed to JFK.

    Day One: Our first night we spent in Aubergie in Zawen. We were very tired, so just kicked back the first day.
    Day Two: We arrived in Assekerem this evening and enjoyed a spectacular sunset, none like we have in Mexico.

    Day Three: We set our tents up under the tamarisk trees and hiked to explore a nearby black basalt cliff. It was lovely.
    Day Four: Near Amador, we walked to Erg Tihodaine, an expanse of sand dunes which are among the most beautiful in all of the Sahara. That’s where we set up camp.
    Day Five: After traveling all day, we arrived at the beautiful hamlet of Afara. We still had energy, so we climbed up the cliffs of the Tassil N’Ajlfera.
    Day Six and Seven: We arrived in TYuareg where we explored the numerous gardens.
    Day Eight: The engraved drawings in the rocks by the ancient inhabitants of this region were fantastic.

    Day Nine and Ten: We drove to Youf Aghiai where we have our first sight of the Tassil N Ahaggar, a marvelous landscape of dunes, rocks and sandstone peaks.

    Day Eleven-Twelve: We explored the remnants of lost civilazations and ancient inhabitants of the Sahara. In the afternoon we walk among the dunes and rock pinnacles, exploring the Sahara before setting up camp.

    Day Thirteen-Fourteen: The walk to El Ghessour was amazing, the rock formations were fantastic.
    Day Fifteen: Our tour concludes and we board our plane home.
    Day Sixteen: Dora and I prepared a lovely dish of couscous, flavored with lemon, carrots and peas. Delish!
    made and reviewed... Lemon Couscous With Peas and Carrots by the Wallaces
    Charlotte J
    Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:30 am Groupie
    Pesto lover
    Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:38 am Groupie

    I have completed, completely enjoyed and reviewed The Wallaces' - Morrocan Chicken With Couscous #428281
    This is my favorite recipe of ZWT6 so far!
    Midwest Maven
    Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:38 pm Groupie

    Okay icon_biggrin.gif The Queens decided to take a side trip to Saudi Arabia to see the sights and for some R&R! Of course we are royalty so we only travel in style. We set off in our huge state of the art luxury private jet, and anyone who's stopped by the Queen's thread has seen our amazing jet, our shirtless bartender Rodrigo and the hunky towel boys by the jet's hot tub. After a relaxing flight, we landed in Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab country in the Middle East at the King Fahd International Airport.

    After settling in, we decided to make our way to Medina, a city in the Hejaz region of western Saudi Arabia, and the burial place of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. We were wandering around trying to find the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi or The Mosque of The Prophet but got horribly lost when a huge Humvee pulled up. We were greatful for any help we could get and were then blown away to discover that our rescuer was none other than Robert Downey Jr.!!! Robert, as he told us to call him icon_wink.gif just happened to be here scouting future movie locations for Iron Man 3. He was more than happy to help us and asked us into his Humvee.
    Being well traveled for his career, he and his driver knew their way around quite easily. He then explained that Medina and Mecca both are sacred cities in Saudi Arabia, and only permit Muslims to enter. We were naturally disappointed, but he promised to take us around and have some fun. We first stopped in Khobar, a large city located in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the Persian Gulf. Together, Khobar, Dhahran and Dammam are often known as "The Triplet Cities". Khobar, today is a bustling economic center with many skyscrapers under construction.

    Khobar skyline:

    Robert took us to the beautiful waterfront of Khobar along the Persian Gulf that is a scenic spot with parks, eateries, and family beaches. We stopped at a lovely local restaurant and had a delicious platter of falafel, couscous, khobz bread and other favorites. Then we walked along the gorgeous beach and went for a swim.

    The next day Robert took us to Dammam, one of Khobar's sister cities. Dammam's King Abdul Aziz Sea Port is the largest on the Persian Gulf and is the most oil-rich region in the world. We decided to take a walk and look around the Dammam Corniche. Interspersed along the Corniche are massive, modern art installations, which reflect the creativity of their makers and the nation's love of art. The Corniche is a local destination for families and friends for leisure time, especially in the evenings after work to enjoy. Water sports are available to all at the Coastal City, so Robert suggested we go out on his boat icon_smile.gif He was an expert sailor and the sea view was truly awesome.

    A picture of the Dammam Corniche:

    After all the sea air and sun we were hot and needed a rest. Robert, without his shirt by now(because it was so hot of course icon_wink.gif invited us back to his suite at the Half Moon Resort for a private party for our last night in Saudi Arabia. Robert had snuck in lots of liquor(against the law in Saudi Arabia, shh! don't tell) and we had an awesome unforgettable night with Robert Downey Jr., who gave us the perfect sendoff for our trip!

    Robert icon_wink.gif
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