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Lebanese Soup with Moghrabieh

Lebanese Soup with Moghrabieh

I started watching Glee this season primarily because I love Jane Lynch! I mean, for me, the kids and Glee club itself are largely secondary to the few moments of phenomenal presence that Jane brings to the screen. That said, they do put on good shows and I am a sucker for song and dance although I am thoroughly inept at both. Or, perhaps that's the reason for my affinity to this art form ... :)

Yesterday's episode of Glee was a rerun from the last season. The best moment of the episode was when the kids from the school for the deaf performed John Lennon's Imagine. I LOVE that song. I love the lyrics and the song would be so perfect for any period of time in human history ... :)

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...


Lebanese Soup close up

There are songs and there are songs. There are those that can set a mood and there are those that befit a mood. Happy songs, romantic songs, poignant songs, songs that speak to you, songs that bring people together and songs that make you grow stronger. When words fail, music can perfectly fill the vacuum and say so much more and so much better. Music can, indeed, communicate.

I tend to enjoy the classics in any genre of music. Lady Gaga may get my feet tapping today but it's the Imagines, Stairways to Heavens and Sounds of Silence that I keep going back to, when it's raining outside and I sit by the window and watch the drops coming down while I sip slowly on my mug of hot tea or when I am just in the mood for good music.

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So close, no matter how far
Couldn't be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
and nothing else matters

Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don't just say
and nothing else matters


Anyway, as you can see, music means much to me; I have rambled on for a whole post when all I really intended was to introduce this Lebanese Soup I made for the Taste of Lebanon Monthly Mingle hosted by Beth. She had sent me a wonderful Lebanese pantry kit a few months back. Since then, I have used the flavors of Lebanon like Z'atar, Na'Na in various dishes but I had not yet made a comprehensive dish of the region.

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This soup is really a one pot meal. The addition of the Moghrabieh, Lebanese couscous, adds a hearty touch to the soup. The couscous itself plumps up absorbing all the flavors of the soup nicely. The harissa adds a nice kick that makes this a wonderfully warm, inviting and filling soup, perfect for a chilly day with this in the background...

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And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The truth will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll ................





Lebanese Soup with Moghrabieh

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1 large onion, diced fine
3 cloves of garlic, minced
5-6 carrots, diced into chunks
3-4 pre-cooked sausages, diced
3 T tomato paste
2 oz olives, chopped
1 cup moghrabieh
8 cups water/broth
1 tsp harissa
2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp za'tar
juice of 1 lemon
salt, pepper as needed
chopped parsley for garnish

Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in the soup pot. Saute the onions and garlic until translucent. Add tomato paste and cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in the olives, sausages and carrots. Add all the spice elements and season with salt and pepper. Let them cook for a few minutes.

Add the water and bring to a rolling boil. Lower the heat and let the mixture simmer, covered for 30 to 45 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. At this point the soup would have reduced to about half the volume. Add the moghrabieh and continue cooking on low until the couscous has plumped up and cooked through. If the soup becomes too thick add water or broth and bring back to a boil. Off the heat, stir in the lemon juice.

This soup tastes better with time as the flavors develop deeper. So i recommend having it for dinner if you make it in the morning. Overnight resting would be perfect!

19 comments:

  1. I love everything of this post!
    from the recipe to the insight into your musical preferences...
    and I love the scene you depicted: a young woman sitting by the window, looking outside at rain, sipping a cup of tea! wonderful, it conveys a great feeling of peace!
    hugs

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  2. I'm a big glee fan too. I'm also a big fan of your pictures. What a gorgeous table you set for this delicious soup.

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  3. A magnificent soup! Gorgeous shots.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. This is a lovely post, Asha! Your thoughts on the inspiration that music gives us and the spicy soup -both are soul satisfying ... it's funny, I, too, have been thinking on soup! It's that time of year when a warm bowl brings peace and a feeling of security.

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  5. The soup is lovely. I agree on the classics.

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  6. "Imagine" is my all-time favorite song. It just doesn't get any more beautiful than that.

    And your food! OMG! It looks amazing! So, those things that look like garbanzo beans? Those are Lebanese-style couscous? Looks hearty and delicious!

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  7. Awww, I love Glee, too! And "Imagine" is a great song. This soup looks so beautiful and hearty with all the vegetables, perfect for the rainy weather we've been having. Thanks!

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  8. Loved the post...and beautiful pictures...I have voted for you....Best wishes....:)

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  9. such a lovely post asha!! and the soup is to die for. so glad you made it to the mingle - it's not the same without you!

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  10. Wat a great looking soup...gorgeous!

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  11. Wow, a great fulfilling soup!! Gorgeous photos!

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  12. Such hearty touch to the soup...

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  13. I loved reading this post Asha! Nothing beats the classics in melody or lyrics. Can't wait to meet you when I'm in NYC next (hoping xmas) x

    And a beautifully presented soup :)

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  14. Asha! Beautiful pictures, styling, recipes and what a lovely post. I agree - that there is a reason these songs are classics! Good luck with round five - you've won my vote (again!)

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  15. You already had my vote for PFB but I had to stop by for this delicious, hearty and healthy looking soup. It's just what's called for on this cloudy day. Your pictures are always so stunning--you can serve up Cheetos and they'd look great (well I do eat them once in a while!).

    It's funny, I saw my first episode of Glee last week and I couldn't stop watching--for the same reasons you noted, I think. Oh, to be able to sing and dance...

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  16. My girls watch Glee too..I saw it once and I enjoyed it!! I love music, I can sing decently well, but a petrified tree has more grace than me dancing !!
    The soup is great !! I wish I had it here!! It's feezing tonight!

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  17. Christina: you make me laugh!!! Petrified tree with more grace!!! LOL..

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  18. This is almost like the Lebanese version of a minestrone! I love it!!

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  19. Glad to visit your blog through the MM event. Very charming blog.
    Sandhya.

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