I write “Village” moussaka, but I mean “cheap & simple”, quite different from the online recipes I see.
generous 1/2 cup of salje (see recipe)
garlic- a whole bulb
rosemary in any form
Slice eggplants into discs, sprinkle with salt, dab with paper towel once they become wet, then fry both sides in generous amount of olive oil. Set aside.
Fry onion & lamb together, then add sliced garlic and salje.
Turn down heat and add rosemary to taste (careful- it can be strong- if you’re using ground rosemary, start with 1/2 teaspoon and taste). Add 2 teaspoons thyme and if desired, a bit of mint. Simmer.
Taste & adjust seasoning. Remember the salje is full of salt and chili, but you may want to add these…
Using an oven dish, layer meat sauce alternating with eggplant slices. The first layer will be meat sauce, the top layer will be eggplant.
In Turkey we didn’t have an oven, so the eggplant was stirred into the meat sauce and they simmered together on the stovetop. Delicious and one less dish to clean.
Serve with rice or crusty baguette.
The best moments
this long winter
have been indoors-
It’s a lonely peace.
Music drops me
a decade ago-
cold sunny days,
You were so alive.
our coats open
under a turquoise sky.
Even without the music
I would cry for you today.
In The Word Not Spoken Leigh recalls Ahmet’s account of the events of 1991.
To bring that account to life, click on the link below. The news report posted to Youtube is astonishing.
After Iraq was defeated in the Gulf War, Kurds (in the north) and Arabs (in the south) overthrew the Ba’ath regime in many towns- disabling government and local military. Their success lasted only a few weeks and the uprising was brutally and quickly ended by loyalist forces led by the Iraqi Republican Guard.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees called the Kurdish Exodus the largest in its 40–year history. Two million people were displaced and in March 1991, an estimated 2,000 Kurds were dying every day.
Faleh Jaber writes: Despite the calls made during the war by Western leaders for Iraqis to rise up and dispose of Saddam Hussein, these dramatic and tragic events were the last thing any outside powers anticipated. (read more)
“I moved to Yellowknife for love. You think Turkey is cold? Try %&%#^! Yellowknife!”
-Lise, a reader answered “what have you done for love?” by email to firstname.lastname@example.org