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Old Mar 2, 11, 6:36 am   #1
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Recent events in Libya inspired me to read about Libyan food, which looks quite delicious. I found this site which has quite a comprehensive set of photos and descriptions:

http://www.temehu.com/Libyan-food.htm

But I'm interested in hearing some more details about one particular dish: bazin (or "bazeen" or "bazine", depending on transliteration).

It looks like a ball of dough or dumpling in the middle of a plate, surrounded by a sauce/stew of meat/fish/vegetables/tomatoes or even, instead, a yoghurt sauce.

I'd like to know what the consistency of the bazin is like. Is it like a doughy bread? Does boiling the flour and water mixture make it chewy like a bagel? Or is it more like a dumpling, and fluffy but solid in texture? Is the top of the dome more solid/hard than the inside?

Perhaps Stez has some experience here, or any of you who did those ex-TIP trips...
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Nothing to substantive to add, other than congratulations on being a hot early contender for OT thread of the month.
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Thanks! What's the prize? Will someone who knows how to cook me some Libyan food?
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Some people on this board might read that as a challenge
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Nothing to substantive to add, other than congratulations on being a hot early contender for OT thread of the month.
Mods with a sense of humour - that's what I love about the FT BAEC forum.

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Dumplings in stew is quite a common dish in several countries....my mother used to give it to us back in the last century.
Seasoned flour and water is all a dumpling is although you can add suet if you want. They don't go soggy at all...in fact they are quite light in texture.
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Unfortunately these days it seems that the tyrant Gadafi would like his opponents to eat lead more than anything else.

Although North African cuisine can be wonderful I hope that the people of Libya taste freedom, which is more sweet than any other dish, as soon as possible.
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I wish humble pie was on Moammar al-Qadhafi's menu but I am afraid that he only eats hallucinatory stuff.

As a PS: I am kinda glad I did not start this thread...
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Recent events in Libya inspired me to read about Libyan food, which looks quite delicious.
No offence, but The reading for the months of January/February must have been Tunisian and Egyptian food.
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A vast, vast improvement on the meals I've had in Libya.

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Thanks for the pic Stez. But I shall give that one a miss.
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A vast, vast improvement on the meals I've had in Libya.

Is that lamb, chicken ,pasta, vegey ,mixed grill type thingy?
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Recent events in Libya inspired me to read about Libyan food, which looks quite delicious. I found this site which has quite a comprehensive set of photos and descriptions:

http://www.temehu.com/Libyan-food.htm
It's strange reading this because there's little I recognize. I imagine the current regime tossed out the Colonial past, however the thing I remember best from 45 years ago as a kid was the Italian food - the Country had been an Italian colony until the early 40's. Looking at the pictures (including the "offering" from Stez!) and the descriptions I suspect Italian would still be a better option today.
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A vast, vast improvement on the meals I've had in Libya.

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How you must have longed for a munchy box...
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