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    ZWT 6 NA*ME Celebrity Couscous Capers Challenge

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    Boomette
    Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:36 pm
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    I'll do Pistachio Couscous #425485 which is unreviewed and unphotographed icon_smile.gif


    Last edited by Boomette on Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:27 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Jamilahs_Kitchen
    Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:42 pm
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    Would like to sign up for Egypt please for Looney Spoons
    Jamilahs_Kitchen
    Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:52 pm
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    nvm I see Sydney beat me to it icon_sad.gif I will tag UAE instead please and back in a sec with a celebrity.
    Iceland
    Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:52 pm
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    Regarding Part 2, for The Ya Ya Cookerhood i am tagging
    "Lentils and Couscous"
    Jamilahs_Kitchen
    Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:52 pm
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    nvm I see Sydney beat me to it icon_sad.gif I will tag UAE instead please and back in a sec with a celebrity.


    Celebrity would be Amr Diab.
    Elmotoo
    Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:55 pm
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    Studentchef wrote:
    Studentchef wrote:



    Hi, I would like to take Pearce Brosnan to Turkey!



    Nevermind, I'll take Pierce Brosnan to Jordan instead.

    And while I'm at it, I'll be making Harissa Couscous


    Excellent! Have fun!
    EmmyDuckie
    Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:04 pm
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    We'd like to travel to Libya with Guy Fieri. icon_lol.gif This ought to be fun.
    Iceland
    Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:51 pm
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    For The Ya Ya Cookerhood, now made and reviewed
    "Lentils and Couscous" Lentils and Couscous
    Rita~
    Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:21 pm
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    For the
    I`d like to travel to Lebanon with Anthony Bourdain
    And I`ll make I`ll make Saffron-Scented Couscous With Pine Nuts #359422 By: Queen Dana
    Debbie R.
    Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:49 pm
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    Iraq’s top television show is “Good Morning Iraq”, on which celebrity Chef Feraz has a morning show. Most housewives in Iraq watch it in order to watch him.

    He enjoys excellent food and particularly sharing it to lift the mood and make people happier. In that gesture, he and the Ministry of Tourism opened a lottery for an all-expenses-paid trip to Iraq, including a live taping of Good Morning Iraq. AGoodThing won the lottery! Since the winner was entitled to take up to a dozen people, AGoodThing decided to take us instead of a gaggle of friends or family members. Maybe we were only considered more expendable. (Just kidding!)

    We flew into BIAP (Baghdad International Airport), where we were met by our security team. They escorted us, via a small SUV convoy, to the Baghdad Sheraton. They were old hands for both Baghdad and Iraq, and we could relax completely in their company. This would be how we would be getting around Baghdad and the rest of Iraq. Nimz asked if she could carry a weapon herself. The team leader said it was against their policy, but KateW said she later saw one of the other guys take her aside and have a talk with her. Who knows if or what she ended up carrying…..all kinds of things happen in Baghdad. Elmotoo looked concerned as she didn’t want any rules broken; not that she was rule-bound. She just didn’t want anything bad to happen to the team. Leslie felt the same way.

    The show was fun, and Chef Feraz even more so. He cooked two tagines that day, one lamb and one vegetable. He asked help from the audience. TomSawyer volunteered Andi, but Andi didn’t look like she wanted to do it, while Nimz looked like she was going to crawl under her seat. Thankfully, LifeIsGood volunteered in her place. CarrolJ and Sarah Jayne ate only the vegetable tagine, because CarrolJ hates lamb, and Sarah Jayne is a vegetarian. VirginiaCherryBlossom had the vegetable tagine too. The rest of us ate both. We then turned out to look at Baghdad markets, particularly the food and gold markets. We also wandered around enough to take in some stunning landscapes, one of which really took the breath away from Andi.

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    We even saw perfume stores where they would mix your own personal fragrance; Debbie R. chose one of aoud, rose and saffron. VirginiaCherryBlossom couldn’t find anything that she liked better than her signature fragrance, Burberry. There were also many beautiful scarves there. All of it was lovely and engaged our senses. We saw the Al Faud palace and due to our team’s connections, were actually able to go inside and look around a little.

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    The next day, we had breakfast in our hotel before we left (flatbread, dates, cheese, olives and eggs, etc.). We went in the same small convoy, to see Babylon--where the hanging gardens once stood. CarrolJ particularly like seeing it. We were accompanied on this trip by a fellow who acted as a tour guide. He knew the history of Iraq like the back of his own hand. At the end of the Babylon tour, he invited us to his house. There, in the courtyard, we had a wonderful meal. It started with an appetizer platter of roasted eggplant, tomatoes and green peppers:

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    This was followed by red lentil soup, beef potato casserole (kibbe batata), salad and khubaz bread served with butter and fruit jelly.

    Between this and our immersion in surroundings with so much more history than our own, we were awestruck. This was a nation rich in history, filled with beauty, and hospitable people. Sadly, the next day a sandstorm blew in. Well, “blew in” isn’t quite accurate; “descended like the hand of God” might be more appropriate.

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    After sitting this out, and with the funds for our trip coming to an end, we then returned to BIAP and left—very grateful to the people of Iraq.
    Debbie R.
    Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:21 pm
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    I will be making Lentils and Couscous 428547 for the second part of the challenge.
    Leggy Peggy
    Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:52 pm
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    I'm taking Hugh Jackman or Omar Sharif to Syria.
    I'll have to check with them and see who wants to go most.
    Elmotoo
    Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:02 am
    Forum Host
    great job making sure you're all choosing different countries!! i've got a master list directly under my left elbow. icon_wink.gif

    I'll be OUT all day tomorrow visiting Scripps/Food Network. icon_eek.gif and running around the city eating in as many places as possible, lol.

    i'll check in when i get home!

    xoxo bethie
    Darkhunter
    Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:36 am
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    For the Celebrity Couscous Challenge, AuntSana #56003 will be making
    Couscous Date Cake #420405 by Boomette
    Dreamer in Ontario
    Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:48 am
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    I'm accepting this challenge and would like to travel to Morocco. I'll be back later with a celebrity.
    For my couscous recipe I'll make Saffron & Raisin Couscous With Fresh Mint #424325
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