Archive for January 22nd, 2011

Carrot Soup

Ran across this recipe for carrot soup. I kind of followed the recipe (at least the spirit of the recipe), except that I skipped the garlic and onions, and added a pinch of turmeric and a small nub of ginger. We also had a bottle of akvavit that was sitting in the back of the refrigerator (a friend had given us a bottle as a souvenir from Denmark years ago).


I thought the liquor had flavors that would compliment the carrots (caraway, cardamom, cumin, anise, lemon, orange, or fennel), I added a splash to the cooking water.

Carrot Soup

I drizzled toasted sesame oil on top and added toasted almonds.

I thought it turned out pretty good, definitely something I’d do again. Next time I may add almond milk or coconut milk to tone down the color (the soup did turn out very orange).

So now we can have very good night vision. The story goes that during World War II, the British spread the rumor that carrots were the reason their pilots had excellent night vision. The rumor was to conceal their use of radar. Sorry, very geek.

I’m sending this over to Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday feature.


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Lunch at The Pyramids

Yesterday’s lunch was here.

The place has been here for years. I mostly go for their buffet lunch. I think the price used to be under ten dollars, currently, the cost is just under thirteen dollars. It’s not cheap eats anymore, but once in a while …

"Greek" Salad

This is what the restaurant calls it. I used to like the salad with their yogurt dressing, but now my stomach doesn’t seem to like dairy products I just skip the dressing. The salad is still good (the sprinkle of cheese on top doesn’t seem to bother me).

Hummus, Potato Salad, and Tabouli or Tabbouleh Salad

The hummus was loaded with raw garlic, it’s good. After eating two servings, I could watch vampire movies without harm (just kidding).

Okra, Tomato, and Onion Stew, Rice Pilaf

The okra stew is th reason I keep coming back. It doesn’t take a good picture but this is good. The stew and some crusty French bread (I prefer French bread over pita), and I’m good.


You can tell the popularity of this dish by the amount in the pan.

Beef and Lamb Shawarma, Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Sorry, the picture is a bit hazy, operator error.

Each table is decorated with mats with Egyptian motifs, nice touch.

A Sample of The Mouse's Lunch

This is a picture of one of a couple of plates The Mouse had. At the 10 o’clock position is the pita.

For dessert, the buffet line has rice pudding. When the server found out that my stomach doesn’t like dairy products, she gave me a piece of baklava. Thank you!




It was full of pistachios, not too sweet (some baklava is so sweet my teeth hurt), with a touch of honey, yum!


Baklava, Interior Shot



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