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    ZWT 6 NA*ME Celebrity Couscous Capers Challenge

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    Dreamer in Ontario
    Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:57 pm
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    Elmotoo wrote:
    Dreamer in Ontario wrote:
    Elmotoo wrote:
    Dreamer in Ontario wrote:


    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


    The Vagabonds are already going to Morocco; please choose a country that nobody else has chosen. There is a list of all available on p.1. icon_biggrin.gif


    Thank you, Beth

    Ok then. I don't see Tunisia taken. If I'm mistaken then I'll try for Algeria


    Tunisia is available ~ have a great trip!
    xo Bethie


    Thanks icon_smile.gif My celebrity traveling companion with be Leonard Cohen icon_biggrin.gif
    **Tinkerbell**
    Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:00 pm
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    Elmotoo wrote:
    **Tinkerbell** wrote:


    Is there a list of available countries to use? I'll be signing up for the story & maybe the last of the recipe spots as well, for our team.
    *Tink

    Hi Tink! wave.gif i'm going to make a list on p.1 if you can wait a few. There aren't too many pages to scroll through if you want to see what's been claimed in the meantime.
    xo Bethie


    Unfortunately, nearly every time I try to turn a page I get re-directed. I'll try going through them tomorrow.
    Thanks!
    **Tinkerbell**
    Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:00 pm
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    Made for the Celebrity Couscous Caper Challenge:

    Quick Moroccan Chickpea and Vegetable Couscous by Boo Chef in West Texas & Totally yummy.gif!
    Elmotoo
    Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:08 pm
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    **Tinkerbell** wrote:
    Elmotoo wrote:
    **Tinkerbell** wrote:


    Is there a list of available countries to use? I'll be signing up for the story & maybe the last of the recipe spots as well, for our team.
    *Tink

    Hi Tink! wave.gif i'm going to make a list on p.1 if you can wait a few. There aren't too many pages to scroll through if you want to see what's been claimed in the meantime.
    xo Bethie

    Unfortunately, nearly every time I try to turn a page I get re-directed. I'll try going through them tomorrow.
    Thanks!


    well that's a weird glitch. there will be a list of tags up by tomorrow.


    Last edited by Elmotoo on Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:09 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Charmie777
    Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:08 pm
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    Totally enjoyed Moroccan Beef With Honey Spice Couscous, #399210 by The Wallaces.

    Elmotoo
    Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:12 pm
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    WiGal wrote:

    I'm accepting the NA*ME Forum Challenge & we'll be traveling through Turkey with Sayid Hassan Jarrah!
    And making Couscous With Seven Vegetables #420654 by ~Leslie~ for challenge

    Sayid is really lost.


    has Sayid found his way?
    Elmotoo
    Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:54 pm
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    A list has been started on p.1. NO, it is not complete! I have to go to work & will fix it up tomorrow afternoon when I get home. These double shifts are a BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP.

    Thanks for playing & happy cooking!!

    xoxo Bethie
    **Tinkerbell**
    Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:17 pm
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    Hi, Bethie! wave.gif
    Sorry about the real life work getting in the way of all our fun here. icon_wink.gif Dont'cha just hate that?! icon_lol.gif

    Okay, I know you said the list is partial & I have been able to page through the thread, cross-referencing with what you have on page 1 & I didn't see that Palestine had been claimed yet.

    If it's still available would you please book the Xtra Hot Dishes for that trip? I'll check back tomorrow to see if we're approved.
    Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif
    *Tink
    Rita~
    Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:35 pm
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    ~Leslie~ wrote:
    Rita! What a wonderful job!
    You made me want to visit Lebanon, what an amazingly diverse country. Thanks!! icon_cool.gif
    Hi Sis! I amazed myself. I want to visit there myself. So much history. If only Tony would have really brought me!
    He is so$#@!*)(*$@#
    WiGal
    Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:39 pm
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    Elmotoo wrote:
    WiGal wrote:

    I'm accepting the NA*ME Forum Challenge & we'll be traveling through Turkey with Sayid Hassan Jarrah!
    And making Couscous With Seven Vegetables #420654 by ~Leslie~ for challenge

    Sayid is really lost.


    has Sayid found his way?


    Actually he is still lost and some Unrulies are busy (helping?) him.
    Lavender Lynn
    Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:51 pm
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    On our ZWT6 the Voracious Vagabonds decided to make a quick side trip to visit Morocco. Everyone could go. Even Jubes joined us from Australia.

    First we studied a little about Morocco:

    This flag is the Moroccan flag. Morocco is country located in North Africa. It has a population of nearly 32 million and a area of just under 173,000 miles squared (447,000 kilometers squared)

    Morocco has a Mediterranean climate that is generally hot and dry for most of the year, with cooler, yet still mild, temperatures and rainfall during the winter months between November and March.

    The national currency in Morocco is the dirham. It cannot be converted outside the Kingdom's borders, so don't forget to exchange money or bring other means of payment.

    Modern Arabic is used by government, the media, the justice system, culture, religion as well as politics.



    Here is a topographical map of Morocco. As you can see we have many landscapes to explore as we travel around.



    As we were studying our Morocco guide a couple of words just kept coming up: medina, and kasbah. We used our laptop to investigate further.

    A medina quarter (Arabic: المدينة القديمة‎) is a distinct city section found in many North African cities. The medina is typically walled, contains many narrow and maze-like streets, and was built by Arabs as far back as the 9th century CE. The word "medina" (or Médina) (Arabic: مدينة‎, madīna) itself simply means "city" or "town" in modern day Arabic. Medinas often contain historical fountains, palaces, and mosques.
    Because of the very narrow streets, medinas are free from car traffic, and in some cases even motorcycle and bicycle traffic. The streets can be less than a metre wide. This makes them unique among highly populated urban centres

    A kasbah (Arabic: "القصبة") or Qassabah is a type of medina, Islamic city, or fortress.


    We started our journey at the north end of Morocco in a small but amazing village in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen. Chefchaouen has one of the wonderful medinas in Morocco. Although this lovely haven is less than 100 km from Europe, until 1920 Chefchaouen received only three European guests.

    Chefchaouen is one of Morocco’s great treasures. This small mountain village sweeps you away with its color scheme that embraces every imaginable shade of blue. It's painted blue and white 7 times a year because it is their heating and cooling system and it brings them closer to god. The sky and sea are both blue, so if their Medina is blue too, they feel closer to God.

    Little mafia was amazed at the colors in this amazing village. She has lived all over the world and hasn't seen anything like it.



    We stayed our first night at the Pension Ahrazem. It's an old villa with a beautiful central courtyard, recently remodeled. Travelers hang out here and mingle with the locals. The owners are very friendly and very cool.

    From Chefchaouen we took the bus to Fez. The ride was okay, but a bit bouncy in the back of the bus.

    Fes is said to have the largest medina in the world.

    Here is a picture of one of the gates to the medina.



    There are more than 9000 narrow streets in medina Fes creating a maze that you are bound to get totally lost in. It's useful to get a guide at least for a day, Maryland Jim will all his scout training was sure he could find the way. The tanneries are probably the most famous sight in the old city -- and this is how you get there!



    While heading toward the tanneries we saw this lady making a traditional bread. The wafer thin, fried bread is delicious and served for breakfast with jam. Maryland Jim was really intrigued by the bread here. One of his main cooking hobbies is making bread.



    We finally reached the tanneries. Morocco has been famous for its high quality leather since medieval times. We visited the tanneries in the morning when the dyes were at their most brilliant. The process of turning animal hides into soft colorful slippers has basically remained unchanged since medieval times. The dyes used in the tanneries are made of natural materials. To make the hides nice and supple a pungent mixture of pigeon poop, acids and cow urine is used.



    Every style and color of leather slipper, Babouche, is for sale in Morocco. It's worth checking the quality (and smell) before you buy them. Jubes picked up some shoes for her daughters while we were in Fes.



    We discovered that Fes was also the backdrop for Indiana Jones' Raiders of the Lost Ark. Lavender Lynn was so excited about this. Her favorite male actor is Harrison Ford. Here is a scene for Raiders filmed in Fes.



    We stayed at the Hotel Splendid our night in Fez.

    We took the Marrakech Express from Fez, eight hours of beautiful scenery passed by our first-class cabin windows on the train.

    In Marrakech we stayed at The Hotel Menara. It was a good value and had balconies to take advantage of the great view.

    Marrakech is famous for it's souks (markets) where you can buy just about anything. Once a crossroads for caravans coming out of the Sahara Desert, Marrakech is a spicy mixture of Arab, African and European influences. Crowded, chaotic, noisy, smelly, dirty, but at times enchanting, this extraordinary city lures travelers from all over the world.

    Upon arriving in Marrakech we stopped by a resort that we had heard had a lot of famous people there. Hoping to catch a glimpse of Harrison Ford, we went to the bar to see who might be around. Sure enough, just as LL had hoped. There he was by the bar saying, "Here's lookin at you kid".



    We invited Harrison to join our group for the evening. Dr Jenny and Slatts were really ready to try some of the local food and drinks. Dr Jenny loves to try good wines and Slatts lives in a neighborhood that makes their own beer. We had heard Djemaa El Fna square is the starting point to explore the souks (markets) of Marrakech.



    We found a mecca of food and drinks available.
    Sarah in NY was amazed at the choices of fruits and vegetables that were for sale.


    Vicki in CT took home all the spices she could fit in her bag. She loves spicey food.



    Cookin_Nurse was amazed to find out the the best food is found in private homes not in restaurants



    Aunt Sana thought this chicken dish looked delicious and wanted the recipe to add to her recipes on Zaar. The Atlantic coast of Morocco provides some world class seafood and they raise lamb and poultry on the higher grounds.



    Magpie diner and Kristin V could not believe all the different foods that actually come from Morocco that are a part of everyones diet.
    Most of the commonly used raw ingredients for cooking are homegrown; the mint and olives comes from Meknes; oranges and lemons are from Fez and prickly pear comes from Casablanca.
    They also grow almonds, dates, chestnuts, walnuts, cherries, melons and pomegranates. In the market places you can find homegrown produce that’s all organic all the time.



    All of the Vagabonds were really surprised to find out the importance of tea. The most popular drink is green tea with mint. Traditionally, making good mint tea in Morocco is considered an art form and the drinking of it with friends and family members is one of the important rituals of the day. The technique of pouring the tea is as crucial as the quality of the tea. The tea is accompanied with hard sugar cones or lumps. Tea is one of the most endearing parts of the Moroccan culture that one can experience on a visit to this mysterious country. It is part of everyday life, several times a day and is a large part of the hospitality that Moroccans pride themselves on.



    Once we had eaten and drank all we wanted we started to explore other parts of the market. We had to be careful in one section of the market, the snake charmers. Harrison had a little problem with snakes in his movies and he didn't feel very comfortable getting close to them. We watched from a distance.



    It was so hard to say goodbye to Harrison but we invited him to go with us on our camel rides in the Sahara the next morning. He said that he had had his fill of camels when he was filming the Indiana Jones movies and he didn't care if he never saw or rode another camel.



    We went to bed very late that night, but what a great night we had. Sadly the next day was our last day in Morocco. We woke up to bright and beautiful blue skies just like every other day in Morocco.

    Today we would be fulfilling one of Aunt Sana's dreams to ride a camel in the Sahara desert. We let her ride the lead camel and off we went to enjoy our last day in Morocco.




    Last edited by Lavender Lynn on Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:19 pm, edited 1 time in total
    WiGal
    Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:19 pm
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    Turkey here we come!

    Day 1: Dienia B. was thrilled to meet her old heartthrob Sayid Hassan Jarrah. Did you realize that Dienia met Sayid in Paris where he had been a chef? News to me, too. He met our flight at 8:15 at Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul.

    Thank goodness he showered (or maybe he just came from the Turkish bath) and didn’t get LOST again as we were a bit tipsy. mersaydees wore her red spiked heels so he tipped her into the limo which was stocked with Raki. I, WiGal, wanted mine mixed with chilled water and abracadabra the Raki magically turned white. (Little do people know that the skim milk I’ve been drinking for years is actually “lion’s milk”. ) Sayid told us it was against his faith to drink-poor guy. ellie_ speaks Arabic or so she says, she keeps saying qahwa men fadlik ? What’s that? Sayid tried convincing breezermom to leave her spice case at our hotel the Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotelbut no she was persistent. He asked lazyme to leave her whipping cream spray container which she carries with her all the time at the hotel but no. Mia in Germany had her binoculars along, she loves nature-in all forms! Look at her AM page, is she REALLY looking at birds or bees as she sips her wine? Also, peek at cookiedog with her laundry line. Hope she has PLENTY along for our trip. Coasty whispered to me that Sayid looked vaguely familiar to her. (Coasty--from Australia-- mentioned a friend named Nadia who died in a car bombing.) momaphet tells ancient stories--her expertise for Herbs of the Bible For Adults Only is known by others.

    After we left our hotel, Sayid took us on the Bosphorus ferry from the pier at Eminonu at 10:35. Where else can you eat lunch in Europe and dinner in Asia, see opulent palaces and stunning waterside houses all under two spectacular suspension bridges which span the strait? An amazing value for only 25 turkish lira!

    Then off to the Grand Bazaar for a bit of shopping. But purses must wait because ellie_ wanted to see the poppies and parsley gardens at Topkapi Palace. Sayid breathed a sigh of relief and told her there were no poppies or parsley but would love to take us all to The Sultan's Bedchamber. Ellie_, momaphet and ~Leslie~ both raised their eyebrows.

    Finally, the Grand Bazaar--

    Deantini bought kaftans for her daughters and ~Leslie~ found an exquisite Turkish rug for her Reiki yoga class. Sayid disappeared with Coasty and Dienia B. right before breezermom entered the spice section. Momaphet followed Sayid and others. Mersaydees kept repeating that her feet were killing her so I told her buy some slippers! Did she listen? No.

    Tonight, we ate at Asia Minor House Cafe & Anatolian Kitchen an intimate restaurant with a terrace facing the Bosphorus and Blue Mosque. Boy, did we eat!! (Am starting my diet soon.) First, we chose from a selection of mezes . There were cold mezes including stuffed mussels (midye dolma), humus, pureed aubergine salad (patlican salatasi), stuffed vine leaves (yaprak dolma), and Circassian chicken (cevizli tavuk). Among the selection of hot mezes we could have eaten borek, (thin layers of flaky pastry stuffed with cheese, meat or spinach), sautéed lamb's liver with onions and kalamari. With Sayid’s advice we had baked lamb in eggplant puree with stuffed artichokes. Momaphet chose Couscous With Seven Vegetables which is more North African than Turkish. After our waiter brought it out, she wanted Sayid to sample it, in fact fed it to him-how romantic! Soon afterwards ~Leslie~ and I noticed Sayid sneezed and coughed. He also drank wine--momaphet and I just looked at each other and wondered?? I guess he forgot what he said in the limo this morning?? For a traditional dessert, momaphet also wanted us all to sample asure which contains the forty different ingredients left in the Ark's kitchen when Noah sighted Ararat. And of course, we ended with Turkish coffee, served in expresso cups. Ellie was sure happy with hers.

    Day 2: Breakfasted on bread with a salty white cheese, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, and a boiled egg. Could have had soup too but chose not to.

    Traveled via plane and limo to Aphrodisias--a bit off the beaten track but peaceful. Momaphet especially wanted to visit the sacred temple dedicated to the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. On the drive there, ellie_ wanted qahwa men fadlik so stopped the limo to get some. My goodness, why can’t she just say coffee please? BTW, momaphet adores guys with gifts! Sssh....look at this secret video of her and dh. I guess the two of them sing their own private language. Tonight we dined on various salads with unusual, spicy herbs appearing along with tomato and cucumber. One spice I did not like was called roka, ellie_ told us it translated to rocket. Can’t they speak English like us Americans do? It was Picky Eater Night for Sayid-I guess that’s a man thing. Momaphet wanted Sayid to try Saffron Couscous With Herbs so he would widen his world and she fed him herself-she likes to help others. Sayid’s eyes turned watery red, he sneezed and coughed. Mia and Deantini watched.

    Day 3: Today, momaphet and I wanted to go to Cappadocia to see the underground cities. Dienia, Coasty, and ellie wanted to raft the Zamanti river but cookiedog said no, we should go hot air ballooning to see mankind’s first nature painting. Okay, rope lady. icon_smile.gif I knew I might get sick so chose to drink something light, had freshly squeezed orange juice-no sage tea or carrot juice for this gal! Ellie_ drank ayran, a yogurt, salt and water mix.


    Day 4: What a day we had at Olu Deniz Beach! A picture perfect lagoon and pine forest with the Taurus Mountains behind and the Mediterranean Sea in front. The temperature was about 79 degrees F.

    Coasty in her bikini (both pieces) and scuba gear strolled through the sand. Wish I looked that good. Know momaphet does, that video is proof! Mia in a yellow kayak watched through her binoculars-- who else but Sayid. Mia yelled, “Sayid is chasing Coasty!” So ~Leslie~ in a power spurt of energy (remember the Reiki yoga master) beat out the others in a chase, cookiedog lassoed him, Deantini tackled him to the ground rolling around for quite a while, ellie sat on him saying assef (sorry/excuse me), ~Leslie~ assumed her yoga pose leaned over and pinched his nose closed, Mersaydees stepped on his thigh with her red spiked heels so he opened his mouth wide REALLY wide to breathe, ~Leslie~ reminded him to breathe through his mouth, (Deantini wanted to help him there-she was thinking more about mouth to mouth, I guess), lazyme squirted him all over with her whipping cream, and breezermom dumped the secret ingredient into his mouth. I guess lazyme and breezermom came up with a new recipe because within seconds he was unconscious.

    Day 5: While we flew from Dalaman Airport back home Sayid boarded the Midnight Express and is now LOST forever. And the the secret ingredient? I am just going to keep sipping my skim milk while you sift it out and listen to music. Why did he chase Coasty? Sometimes friends get you in trouble unintentionally. I didn’t tell you before but the Unrulies work for the IRZSF-International Recipe Zaar Security Force.
    Elmotoo
    Sun Jun 13, 2010 4:41 pm
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    ~Rita~ wrote:
    ~Leslie~ wrote:
    Rita! What a wonderful job!
    You made me want to visit Lebanon, what an amazingly diverse country. Thanks!! icon_cool.gif
    Hi Sis! I amazed myself. I want to visit there myself. So much history. If only Tony would have really brought me!
    He is so$#@!*)(*$@#


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    Elmotoo
    Sun Jun 13, 2010 4:42 pm
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    **Tinkerbell** wrote:
    Hi, Bethie! wave.gif
    Sorry about the real life work getting in the way of all our fun here. icon_wink.gif Dont'cha just hate that?! icon_lol.gif

    Okay, I know you said the list is partial & I have been able to page through the thread, cross-referencing with what you have on page 1 & I didn't see that Palestine had been claimed yet.

    If it's still available would you please book the Xtra Hot Dishes for that trip? I'll check back tomorrow to see if we're approved.
    Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif
    *Tink


    I should have been more specific....all the countries claimed are there....the little bits about who has tagged which couscous recipe & such is not complete.

    Either way....Palistine is ALL YOURS! Have a great trip!!
    **Tinkerbell**
    Sun Jun 13, 2010 4:51 pm
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    Okay, great! Thanks!
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