How many vegetables are you trying to feed me?

As I sit in a hotel room, waiting for my house to be repaired, I’m writing about food that I made a month ago. Sigh.  A water pipe burst on our second floor, causing water to run down through the walls and into our basement.  Hotel life with three children isn’t ideal.  They may have different memories of the experience.  Last night, we allowed them to eat dinner without shirts on because they had just come from the pool.  They are living the good life, although sharing a bed every night hasn’t been the easiest experience for the two older boys.  As for me, I long to cook in my kitchen, and make a meal with real, fresh ingredients.

Basking in the hotel life, eating pizza without shirts on.

Maybe reflecting on my past meals will make me feel better.  Back when I first started writing this blog, my boys had suggested African food.  When I came across this Morrocan stew recipe, I had to try it.  The recipe calls for 2 pounds of lamb, but I used only 1 pound in the recipe to save money.  There are plenty of veggies that make the recipe hearty enough.  And wow, did it make a lot of food!  My 5-quart dutch oven was practically overflowing.  I ate the stew on three separate occasions and still had leftovers.  In general, I have a rule that I will only eat leftover food one time.  That third time usually ruins it for me, but this tasted good enough to eat a third time.

Now, this recipe has a TON of veggies in it.  Eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, turnips, butternut squash, onions.  I am making a mental note to make it again once our CSA is in full force late in the summer.  It would be even better to make it with veggies fresh from the farm.  How did my boys react?  Son #1 decided that zucchini was pretty darn good, Son #2 only ate it because of our rule of trying it, but he did like the couscous a lot.  Son #3 liked it all, except for the eggplant.  My husband and I thought it was delicious and I can’t wait to make it again.

Lamb and vegetable Morrocan stew with couscous, straight from the stove and still steaming.

A couple of notes on the recipe (link included): http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/seven-vegetable-couscous-liqama

1) I couldn’t find Harissa after searching three specialty stores, so I substituted Sriracha.  Yes, still addicted to that stuff!

2) The flavor didn’t quite come together for me, so I added some cinnamon along with the cumin and it was great.

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    Betsy Warren said,

    Megan,
    I love reading your blog! I hope that you don’t have to be in the hotel for too long. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to help!
    Betsy

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    Tammy McLeod said,

    Oh, I’m so sorry about the water pipe. I also have three kids and remember having to stay in a hotel when our house wasn’t ready. I hated it and so did my husband. Great job pulling up a memory to feel better and the stew looks amazing too. Hang in there.


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