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I didn't see the old thread so here's a new one. Here's the recipe for what I cooked Thursday night. Abdel and I love it, and it's a good thing because it made a whole lot. It's great because it tastes better the longer the flavors sit together. If this already exists as a dish, and somebody knows the name of it, please let me know. I just throw stuff in the pot and stir till it's all cooked and then we eat.

Thanks!

Liz’s Beef & Potatoes with Veggies

Servings: According to Abdel would serve a military base!

1 Pound Ground Veal (or you can use other ground meat, veal was just on sale)

1 Pound Chorizo

¼ Cup Olive Oil

10 Small Red Potatoes, Scrubbed & Cut in ¾” Pieces

1 Large Onion, Chopped

1 ½ Large Bell Peppers, Chopped

2 Tablespoons Chopped Garlic (I use the kind you buy in a jar)

3 Stalks Celery with Leaves, Chopped

2 Sliced Habanero Chili Peppers

1 Sliced Jalapeno Pepper

1 15 Ounce Can Black Beans

1 15 Ounce Can Chili Beans

10 Packets Taco Bell Sauce (Use Hot, Fire or Mild to taste)

1 Tablespoon Chili Powder

1 Teaspoon Tabasco Sauce

1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin

½ Packet Yellow Colorant (I got this in Morocco. Abdel’s family said it is imitation Saffron)

Brown veal and chorizo in olive oil. Stir in cut up veggies, beans (don't drain them) and seasonings. Cook over low heat until potatoes are done through, about 1 hour. Be sure to stir a lot because this will burn on the bottom pretty easy.

Serve with thick bread.

Enjoy!

Warning: This is hot! Don't try it if you don't like hot foods.

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That sounds so good :P Even though I can't eat seriously hot foods, I'm comin over 2nite!!!

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Thanks Amal. I just came back to edit but too late! I forgot an ingredient - 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes, the ones like they have on the table to sprinkle on Pizza at Pizza Hut. I think that's it, but if I remember something else I'll come add it.

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Kefta with tomatoes and eggs ~ aka ~ Kefta Mkaourara

Ingredients

For Kefta

* 1 pound finely ground beef

* 1 small onion, finely chopped (optional)

* Salt, pepper, paprika, cumin to taste

For Sauce

* 1 medium onions, grated

* 1-2 pounds tomatoes, blended (remove seeds)

* 2 garlic cloves, pressed (or blended with tomatoes)

* 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped

* Salt and pepper, to taste

* 1/2 teaspoon paprikia

* 1 tablespoon olive oil

* water as needed

* 3-4 eggs

1. Combine the kefta ingredients and roll into bite-size balls.

2. Put all the sauce ingredients, except eggs, in a pan. Add water as needed. Cook 30 minutes.

3. Add kefta to sauce. Cover pan. Cook until kefta is done (about 10 minutes if kefta balls are small)

4. Beat the eggs and then add them to the sauce. Cook until eggs are done and serve hot with bread!

*Note, some people cook the kefta in a frying pan and then add it to the sauce.

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Thanks Rebecca! Abdel said that is the closest you can get to fast food in Morocco without eating out. He says I loved it when I was there. Guess I need to try that one for sure.

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Thanks Rebecca! Abdel said that is the closest you can get to fast food in Morocco without eating out. He says I loved it when I was there. Guess I need to try that one for sure.

fast food??? I takes forever to prepare, lol!!! I nearly fall asleep rolling the tiny meatballs.

Rebecca

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Thanks Rebecca! I love that dish... Said's sister made it several times for me and it's one of my favorites. :P He says the same thing abt it being "fast food"... Latifah says it only takes abt 30 min to prepare. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks again!

Noura


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Thanks Rebecca! I love that dish... Said's sister made it several times for me and it's one of my favorites. :P He says the same thing abt it being "fast food"... Latifah says it only takes abt 30 min to prepare. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks again!

Noura

Abderrafie insists the sauce alone cooks for at least 30 minutes. The other night I made it and I swear he knew it only cooked 25 minutes :blink:

He cannot stand canned tomatoes, so we always use fresh. The seeds and skin must come off first. Parsley must always be fresh too, and I swear I have the hardest time chopping fresh herbs. The meatballs must be tiny so I end up rolling nearly 50 balls from a pound of meat lol. Very few dishes here are "fast". Lots of little quirks. Thankfully, he splits the cooking. :yes:

Rebecca

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Wow Rebecca. That's a lot of work. Abdel said they made Kefka when he was in college because it was easy for even the guys to cook. Of course his family's meatballs aren't so tiny, and not perfectly round either - kind of flat. But I remember I loved them.

I use canned tomatoes when fresh ones aren't in season. We were going to grow some but I'm not sure about this summer. Abdel has turned out to be allergic to either mosquito or gnat bites and swells up something terrible from them. We've stocked up on hydrocortizone cream and will pick up more benadryl Monday night when we go shopping. That makes even yardwork something we can only do when the bugs aren't out yet.

We've started making a huge salad for dinner on Saturday nights and having enough left for Sunday night too. We eat a big lunch and then just have the salad with cottage cheese or yogurt, and bread for dinner.

Tonight we had one made with mixed greens, 1 half green/half orange bell pepper, 1 of the other peppers that is about the same size but very dark green, 2 tomotoes, 1 medium sized yellow squash, 1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed, 1/2 pound immitation crab, chopped. We topped that with green goddess dressing and chowed down.

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Wow Rebecca. That's a lot of work. Abdel said they made Kefka when he was in college because it was easy for even the guys to cook. Of course his family's meatballs aren't so tiny, and not perfectly round either - kind of flat. But I remember I loved them.

I use canned tomatoes when fresh ones aren't in season. We were going to grow some but I'm not sure about this summer. Abdel has turned out to be allergic to either mosquito or gnat bites and swells up something terrible from them. We've stocked up on hydrocortizone cream and will pick up more benadryl Monday night when we go shopping. That makes even yardwork something we can only do when the bugs aren't out yet.

We've started making a huge salad for dinner on Saturday nights and having enough left for Sunday night too. We eat a big lunch and then just have the salad with cottage cheese or yogurt, and bread for dinner.

Tonight we had one made with mixed greens, 1 half green/half orange bell pepper, 1 of the other peppers that is about the same size but very dark green, 2 tomotoes, 1 medium sized yellow squash, 1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed, 1/2 pound immitation crab, chopped. We topped that with green goddess dressing and chowed down.

Lis,

I am so glad tomatoes are coming into season here, and the farmer's markets are opening. We go through tons of tomatoes. At the grocery store, they were $3.99 all winter. I think we spent $60+ on tomatoes alone each month :wacko: We both love the Moroccan tomato salad and have that for lunch quite often.

The regular kefta we make isn't so tiny or round, but when cooking it in the sauce, we make it really small; it is easier to get it to cook through since we are not frying or grilling it ahead of time.

Does the Benadryl made Abdel drowsy? You might have a sleep husband on your hands.

Working at home has been a blessing especially these past months. I think it helped with his adjustment, a lot less lonely time. Our computers are side-by-side and he will read the news, watch streaming Arabic TV. But I have also gotten so used to having him around. I don't think I have ever spent this much time with anyone. It is going to be really hard when he goes to school or work full-time. :(

Rebecca

Edited by rhouni

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I know what you mean about the fresh tomatoes being in season. The vendor we found today had great quality so now we know where to go back to. She was Hispanic, but Abdel said maybe she was Bolivian but he didn't think Mexican. He goes to school with so many Spanish speaking people that he is starting to learn about the different countries and cultures represented in our area.

The Benadryl does make him drowsy, so he only takes it at night. It's funny because what I have in the medicine cabinet right now was for my dog. She loved to play with bees and was allergic to the stings. The vet told me how many of the plain capsules to give her for her weight, so I had to keep them handy.

I don't think I'd get a drop of work done if I was home all day with Abdel. His love of snuggling makes me crazy enough on weekend mornings. I'm awake at 8 wanting to get up running and he's all ready to pull my head to his chest, put his arms around me, and lay there talking for half the day. I try to give him an hour before I say I have to go to the bathroom, which gains me my freedom. I know I should be happy to have a man who is so affectionate, but mornings are my time when I'm full of energy and ready to conquer the world. It takes everything I have to lay there.

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I wish I had a good recipe to share with everyone but, I don't :no:

Most of the recipes are the typical ones...

Mansaf

Malfoof

Maklooba

Mfarraka

Kalight Bandoora

Maftoul

Falafel

Hummus

Pita bread (not arabian bread)

Outside of that...Nothing different...I'll be glad to share if anyone doesn't already have a recipe.

If anyone has the recipe for ARABIAN BREAD I'd love to have that :yes:

(F) amal (F)


Visited Jordan-December 2004

Interview-December 2005

Visa approved-December 2005, 1 week later after supplying "more information"

Arrived U.S.A.-December 2005

Removed Conditions-September 2008

Divorced in December 2013

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This is all I have to say....

Disaster... lol

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looks yummy... no mayo, please! :lol:


Met briefly in Baton Rouge, LA Nov. 2003 - not available :(

Met again in Baton Rouge, LA March 25, 2005 - 2 souls feel as 1

Sept 17-Oct 3, 2005 Noura goes to Morocco to meet family & friends of Said (informally engaged)

Daily phonecalls, discover internet chatting w/ video cam - OMG!!!

March 25-April 14, 2006 Noura's 2nd trip to Morocco - formal engagement w/ family

April 24, 2006- mailed in K1 Visa package - TSC

Oct 5, 2006 - Interview SUCCESS

Oct 12, 2006 - Called to pick up visa tomorrow!

Oct. 16, 2006 VISA IN HAND!

Dec. 24, 2006 - Said arrives in NOLA, just in time for the holidaze!

Dec. 31, 2006 - OUR WEDDING!!! Ringing in a New Year as husband & wife!

Jan 8, 2007 - applied for SSN

Jan 15, 2007 - recieved SSN

Feb 6, 2007 - checks cashed for AOS/EAD/AP - YAY!

Feb 8, 2007 - NOA1 on AOS/EAD/AP

Feb 14, 07 - touched EAD/AP

March 8, 07 - Biometrics appt in NOLA

April 17, 07 - AP approved

April 19, 07 - EAD approved

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