Monday, May 3, 2010

Lamb Couscous; New Pedestrian Bridge; Jack Robinson Gallery New Website

I did not attend Music Fest this past weekend nor the Canoe and Kayak race, which was cancelled, due to the rain of Old Testament proportions we had from Friday through early Sunday morning. Sirens went off every few hours portending a tornado that thankfully never came, though Beale Street and Tom Lee Park were evacuated Saturday night.

Nonetheless, I did honor Tunisia by cooking a delicious Lamb Couscous while staying dry and clean in my little place down by the riverside.

Harissa, a chili paste Tunisians use in lots of dishes, is a necessary ingredient for this; I bought mine at the Mediterranean Grocery at Park & Highland. I picked up one of the box brands of couscous at the grocery store.

Tunisian Lamb Couscous

2 pounds lamb, cubed
2 white onions, cut into large sections
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 14oz can diced tomatoes
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 zucchini, chopped
1 14oz can chick peas, drained
¼ cup raisins (golden or regular)
½ tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coriander
2 pinches of saffron threads
1 tbsp salt
½ cup parsley, chopped
2 tbsp. olive oil
6 cups water

Pour the water into a large pot and add the lamb, garlic, onions, olive oil, salt and spices. Let simmer for 45 minutes. Add the tomatoes, celery, carrots and zucchini and simmer for another 20 minutes. Add the raisins, chickpeas and parsley and simmer another 15 minutes and remove from the heat. Cook the couscous separately. Mix a little harissa into some of the broth in a small mixing bowl and let it dissolve. Spoon some of the couscous into another bowl. Put a ladle full of the lamb and vegetable broth over the couscous and pour a little of the dissolved harissa on it. Harissa is VERY HOT so use a small amount at first and then add more to adjust to your liking.

As part of the Confederate Park overhall, a pedestrian bridge is being constructed linking the park to the U of M Law School grounds. The span just went up last week as work continues to complete it...

The Jack Robinson Gallery has an exciting new website with a Vintage American Photography Collection page and a Jack Robinson Collection page. Great photos of Arthur Ashe, Aretha Franklin, Andy Warhol, Jack Nicholson, Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Clint Eastwood, The Velvet Underground and many, many more amazing subjects.

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