Sunday, 27 April 2008

Entertaining My Algerian Guest

I am having a long awaited guest coming over today as this family member (dh family inlaws)is here in Algeria on hols and soon to return to her home in Europe. I want to talk about feeding guest and ettiquite here, first of all Algerians have there own protacal on this mater. For me its too much protocol, I just do my own thing! What’s best for me but without minimizing on the effort for my guest inshaAllah. Now invites for dinner, coffee , lunch are a lavish affair in Algeria , hospitality is overwhelming sometimes but nice, at times I feel like the queen dinning with all the trimmings ect , sometimes the effort gone into make the food is so nice I don’t want to devour it with my fork. It is nice but sometimes can be to stuffy esp. if you are not accustomed to dine this way, I certainly don’t feel relaxed. So today I will served Buriyani , my own version as we don’t have buriyani in the North of Indian and this is my own fusion cooked version borrowed from my desi neighbors the Pakistanis and South Indians.

ok this picture does not do justice so i took another while I await my guest

Then there was Algerian salad

I must add the veg in Algeria is so delicious and taste just like veg should, natural sweetness and flavor, tomatoes are lovely; now I never ate tomatoes in the UK here I eat them like apple yum!

Salada falfal halow (sweet pepper salad)

Something to wash it all down with and some fruit for desert they call them mish mash here I am not sure what they are called in English. Then there was bread of course as Algerians eat bread with everything Inc rice!!!

Now I am just awaiting my guest as she is late!


Stranger in this Dunya said...

Assalaamu alaikum
Dh said they are M'shimsha... I googled that and found that they are Loquats.
Your food looks so delicious masha'Allah! Hope you had a nice time with your guests. Umm Ibrahim xxx

Amina said...

wow u r a great host...i wanna be ur next guest :)

p.s. thx 4 tag

seekingtaqwa said...

masha'allah it's good to see pics in the post again! Insha'allah the visit went well....

Rainbow In The Grey Sky said...

Aslamu alakum ladies
well my guest did turn up 2hrs late , the lunch became dinner and we had coffee , i made a batch of doughnuts& a cake all went well, i enjoyed my guest, Mil turned upto as a bouns, which was nice as i have not seen her for too long. thanks for your comments ladies. Marhaban sisters!!

Umm Hibaat said...

Assalaamu Alaykum,

What? No Hamoud Boualam drinks?!?! Hehe.

Ma sha Allah, looks yummy! Me too, coming over to yours next time I'm in town in sha Allah!!! :P

Stranger in this Dunya said...

LOL UmmH, I was thinking where's the Selecta?! Hehe! Will be in Algeria beginning of July insha'Allah sis Rainbow...will you be there for the summer or are you all travelling??

Somayya said...

AsSalaam Alaikum

mashallah, looks lovely. I'm so glad that they finally visited you, and that you had a good time.

Count me in on the next dinner!!!!!

Rainbow In The Grey Sky said...

subhan allah this post is popular , you sisters have been won with my delights? well the Hamoud, was out of stock at the shop but it was on the list the also seletco was out too. Otherwise 1st on list for sure!

alajnabiya said...

Those do look like loquats in the picture. In Palestine, mish mish is the name for apricots, and loquats are called askidinia. There are 2 trees of them in my yard, but they are not ripe here yet.

I found your blog by way of Stranger in this Dunya's recommendation. InshaAllah I want to try those donuts! And the chicken, spinach and cheese filled bread thingies. They looked wonderful.

Rainbow In The Grey Sky said...

Wa alakum aslam Al Ajnabia
did you realise we support the same well similar name of Ajnabia? You are the stranger, i am one stranger,ek is one in Asian languages, Ajnabia is Arabic! Anyhow we call Apricots mish mash to i realised i spelt it wrong in the first instance the locqats are mishmasa. There is a light glare on my picture from the sunlight!
Do try the bread rolls i made them last night but i used minced beef and it works better than chicken i feel.

alajnabiya said...

I did notice that you are "ek ajnabiya" and I was wondering what "ek" meant. I thought it was a clever idea when I chose alajnabiya as a screen name, but you are the third other person I have seen online using some variation of it. There is a blog called "ajnabiya" too, although the last time I checked she had quit posting.

Oum Anas said...

Assalamu aleikum

That's the Za3rour on my blog!!! Mystery solved, mashaa Allah. Jazaakillahu khayran Umm Ibrahim.

They're called Za'rour, Mshimshah and something with a K, in Algeria (can't remember). I had some more pics of them that I wanted to upload to my blog, but they got left in DZ when we left... (my flash stick didn't copy my pics grrrr). Za'rour on Wikipedia is something totally different, and Mshimsha is non-existant, I didn't get any further in my research...

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