Cooking Around the World: Algeria

Not to hate on Algeria, but I was disappointed. Maybe we did it wrong.

Couscous is a very, very popular food in Algeria, Algiers specifically. It originally came from Syria, and from what I gather, I will being seeing a lot of couscous in Northern African recipes!

The main dish was a stew of veggies and spices with the couscous, and we definitely didn’t cook it long enough, so maybe that was it!

I’m not going to write much, because there’s not much to say, except, “Oops!”

The two sides were nice. Who doesn’t like fried potatoes?

Cooking Around the World: Algeria

See? It’s so colorful and good looking!

Cooking Around the World: Algeria

Fried potato patties. How could they not be good?

Cooking Around the World: Algeria

 

For these, I had to make them gluten-free, so that may be why they turned out extra-bready. You know what though? Dipped into the soup, it wasn’t half bad.

Cooking Around the World: Algeria

I tried to do a little pierogie- style by using a fork to crimp them. It sort of worked (as usual!)

Cooking Around the World: Algeria

 

The soup even looked bland, so I threw in the extra spinach and voila!

Again, not half-bad.

Cooking Around the World: Algeria

Much more colorful with the spinach in there!

I wanted to make these Eid Sweets (eaten during Ramadan), but they use almond flour and that’s expensive. Maybe next time!

The menu, as it stood:

Algerian Couscous with Vegetables طعام بالمرقة

Couscous & vegetables & spices (easy enough, you’d think!)

Spinach Bourek

Spinach, onion, flour, and spices

Algerian Potato Patties (Maasoud)

Potatoes! And onion, water, and flour
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