Fatayer Laham

Meat Mixture

2 lb lamb (2.15 lb)

2 medium onions (ended up very fine grate because we used food processor

3 yukon gold potatoes (1.5 lb) shred and liquid squeezed out

3/4 cup lubne

2 lemons (just over 1/3 cup)

jamaican allspice (3/4 tsp)

Vietnamese Cinnamon (3/4 tsp)

1/4 tsp lowrys seasoned salt

2 T salt

followed recipe in book.  (page 55). No butter used.

cut into 36 balls and let rise again for about 30 minutes.
Rolled out to tart size circles (just over 5″)

Notes:  our lamb wasn’t super lean and it caused a good amount of grease to spill out.  look for lean lamb.

Two scoops is enough meat for each (leveled… no heaping)

Brushed butter after pulled out of 425 degree oven.  took about 22 minutes.

First Spring Planting

After clearing out most of our winter crops (we still have one productive Kale plant and leaks that are finally starting to grow

In the past years, our sugar snap peas have yeilded very small crops.  both were from starters and were late to get into the ground.  this year, following Portland Edibles plan, we planted seeds.  Our experiment was to alternate the seeds between two verities that mature a couple weeks apart.  Just the fact that planting from seed is starting out with significantly more plants is exciting and the instructions say to not thin them as they like growing clusters.  

Mexico City – last day

Not much time on the last day, but we did walk back to the park.  We considered the Museum of History, but decided to wait for another time. 

Next time:  the pyramids, this neighborhood – see link below, and the Frida Kahlo museum. 


Mexico City – New Years Day

Day 3 – Explored the Condesa and Roma neighborhoods.   Enjoyed walking on Amsterdam Ave.  Made our way to Mercado Roma – a hip and trendy market and food court with a biergarten on top.   Other than being slammed, making seating a challenge, it was a good time!   The biergarten was less crowded and gave us an opportunity to relax and enjoy the mostly sunny day. 

Mexico City – New Years Eve

Day 2 – walked down to the Alameda, Zocalo, National Palace and National Cathedral.   

Lunch and mojitos at Le Casa de Los Sirenas.  The food here is amazing!!

Had some wine in the best concierge club EVER before heading outside to check out the festivities.   It took a while for the crowd to build, but the music was lively.  Finally the countdown and fireworks at midnight!

Mexico City

Day 1 – walked to the Museum of Anthropology and explores the surrounding park.  Had beers at La Terazza around the corner from the hotel and then took a disco nap before getting ready to go out with Gabriel and Claudio.  

Dinner at Los  Danzantes http://www.losdanzantes.com/about-2/ in the CoyoĆ”can neighborhood south of the city.   

Walked through the squares and markets – tried some mole from Puebla that was amazing and a drink called espuma de cacao. 

A day in Marseille

Our first night in Marseille was not without its challenges – tired from the day and having had an enormously heavy lunch, we opted to pick up salad items and eat in while watching “Jaws 2” in French without sub-titles.  Eventually we cut-over to an episode of “Orange is the New Black” and then lost the battle to fatigue and went to bed.  The apartment is really well located in the heart of the old port area.  Downside – LOTS of street noise, no A/C, and no screens on the windows.  Needless to say it made for a challenging sleep – need to shut the windows to stop the bugs and the noise, but then you’re stuck with a stuffy room and a wimpy oscillating fan!   Arghhh!  While the whelps from the bites aren’t as sizable as those mosquito bites we acquired in Camargue, the continuous nuisance could drive a person crazy!!  And then it was morning..

We set out on foot to explore Marseille today.  First, we walked down the west side of the quai from our apartment in the old port area and found breakfast – typical French petit dejeuner of croissant or pastry, orange juice, and espresso.  From there we went on to the Marseille Cathedral (La Cathedrale Nouvelle Major) and the museum of the remains of the Roman docks.

Picked up tickets for tomorrow’s boat tour and then made a quick stop in the apartment before heading up the hill to the Notre-Dame de la Garde.  The basilica was beautiful, but the stunning views were what made the climb up the steep hills and more stairs all worth while!

Made our way back down the hill – stopping for a wholly unremarkable lunch – and then on to the Palais Longchamp, home of both the museum of natural history and the museum of art.  Wandering back down the residential streets, we came across a farmers market and picked up some fresh fruit for snacks and breakfast.