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Lamb Stew with Pumpkin, Plantain, Sweet Potato and Chickpeas

When we look through recipes online or in magazines, what really prompts us to go out of our way to make a list and head out to the store with the intention of buying all the ingredients specifically for that recipe we enjoyed looking at so much?                                                                                     

I look at food for a living, literally, and am incredibly delighted by the vibrant colors and gorgeous photography that exists in the blogosphere and in the publishing world.  I can’t, however, make everything that awakens my stomach or inspires me to fly off the couch and dig into my cabinets for every spice listed in a recipe so that I, too, can make a gorgeous Thai noodle dish.

There is one Libyan dish, however, that prompted me to set out to use up our Qurbani meat to make this dish called Tbeikhet ‘Eid  which features pumpkin, chickpeas and raisins. I liked the idea of using seasonal produce like pumpkin so much that I decided to give it a try, though digressing a bit by using other ingredients that I had at home that were in much need of being used:

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‘Eid Mubarak! How We Celebrated ‘Eid ul Adha

‘Eid Mubarak to all of my readers who celebrate this holiday! I hope you’re enjoying the festivities and will continue to enjoy them for the next few days, insha’allah. We’re making the most out of the fact that the first day of ‘Eid (it is typically celebrated for three days) has fallen on a Sunday when so many people have the day off.

Festive and rich brownies for the ‘Eid celebration

We went to the prayer in the morning, out for coffee and then some grocery shopping before making brunch and dessert at home . We looked forward to meeting up with good friends later in the evening for an open house dinner—a buffet of all sorts of delicious savory and sweet foods.

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