5/7/2022 - Egypt - Country #52

Egypt was one of the countries I was looking forward to the most - mostly so I could watch The Prince of Egypt afterwards. I enjoy watching a movie in the country I'm cooking. Plus, The Prince of Egypt is in my top seven favorite movies EVER.



Also, I got to make baklava again! (That is easily the best thing I've made on this blog, if you haven't noticed yet.) I didn't even look up what I wanted to make. I just found the recipes for Ta'ameya (Egyptian Falafel) Recipe | Allrecipes (fried chickpea balls); Egyptian Hummus Recipe - Alternative Egypt Travel Guide (...it's hummus. You know what hummus is); Baba Ganoush Recipe (Roasted Eggplant Middle Eastern Dip) by Archana's Kitchen (archanaskitchen.com); and Easy Baklava Recipe | Allrecipes. A nice full menu!


First, gather your ingredients:



One of my favorite parts of this recipe is it just calls for 'nuts'. You can use any kind of nuts you'd like. I used up four different types - nothing like cleaning out my pantry while also making a country :)



Nice and pulverized.


Baklava: ASSEMBLE!



While that bakes, a syrup is made to cover the crispy pastry.



Yummy.


After the pastry is baked, it is drowned in syrup. Then it's done. :) Moneyshots later!


Toast some pitas for the dips:



There was a lot of pureeing and a lot of tahini today.


First,


Baba ganoush.



Roasted eggplant and ingredients and PUREED!


Then,


Hummus:



Almost the same ingredients as the baba ganoush, but with chickpeas instead of eggplant.


Then,


Falafel!



These three things were all very similar for being different dishes.


The falafel mixed was formed into balls and fried - and they annoyed me! Not so much of a binder in there caused them to fall apart in the fryer. I ended up mashing them together and frying them again, lol.



MONEYSHOTS!!!


I forgot to get a moneyshot of the dips and their pita chips :(


Still, these were pretty great!


The assembled falafel pitas were tasty. Bright, fried, filling, and carby. The baba ganoush and the hummus were full of sesame seed toastiness, lovely garlic, bright herbs, and homey veggies. The pita chips were crisp and perfect vehicles. The baklava ... ah, the baklava. She is perfect, utterly perfect. My last meal would include baklava.


Country stats:


Day made: 5/7/2022, Saturday


Day post made: 6/28/2022, Tuesday


Would I make it again? 8/10 - maybe not the baba ganoush and falafel, but yes to the hummus and baklava

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