Ready. Set…

Work: V. busy week coming up and it’s short one day, too. That doesn’t forgive the work – it just means you have to make the other 4 days super productive.

Home: Someone will be traipsing about inside my house today measuring for new windows. I did not succeed in total decluttering of the unused /overused upstairs rooms. My strategy is to be at the office during this time so I don’t have to look the guy in the eye.

Health: Grateful that my husband knows how to make Cairo-style koshary by the tubful. Grateful that I can just Grab ‘N Go some for breakfast or lunch. Grateful that my breakfast plate is 2/3 vinegar vehicles. My husband is grateful that I’m using pickled onions instead of the precious stash of caramelized onions.

This is New Jersey-style koshary as envisioned by a Lithuanian-American. Cairo-style is rice and lentils cooked together, topped with caramelized onions and chopped salad dressed with O&V, S&P and mint. Alexandria-style is all that plus chickpeas and a layer of elbow macaroni mixed with garlicy tomato sauce. Any Other-style is bullshit.

Don’t bother looking up the recipe for koshary. The internet is completely wrong about this. If you must look it up to make it yourself, all of the layering and ancillary toppings are I guess a matter of taste but  the real key is to cook the the rice and the lentils together. They cook for different amounts of time so you will have to train yourself to get it so that both are done exactly right – the rice won’t be undercooked and the lentils won’t be overcooked and all of the water is absorbed. You’ll probably need a sitto around to supervise, cluck her tongue and shake her head.

cooking good

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9 thoughts on “Ready. Set…”

  1. Koshary sounds delicious to me. Should I ever get the desire to cook again, I might give it a try. I like everything involved with your NJ Cairo-style version of it.

    1. I think your state has about a billion mid-easterners in it. Maybe you can find it in a shop somewhere although they’ll probably ruin it with chick peas.

      1. I’m sure that you’re right that it is for sale somewhere around here. I really do know how to cook, I just have fallen off the bandwagon in the last few year… preferring to make what is fast and involves 2 ingredients!

        1. The VB6 thing is the opposite of low prep. In fact, I’m thinking of buying a new food processor to replace my late 70s GE model. All this chopping and slicing is killing me.

    1. Hit but I have no problem eating it cold either. They sell it from street carts in Egypt.

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