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Recipe – a vegetarian dish #recipe #travel

The first time I tried Koshari (a vegetarian dish) was during a visit to Egypt. It was a lunch staple on our river boat as we cruised down the Nile from Luxor to Aswan.

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This is our small river boat. The larger, more luxurious boats dwarfed ours, but our smaller size meant we passed through the locks first.

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The Nile river brings life to the area. The grass is a vivid green and the crops thrive in the soil with plentiful water, but once away from the river, it’s very dry.

Here is the recipe for Koshari.

Ingredients:

1 cup basmati rice

50 ml olive oil

2 1/4 cups of vegetable stock – water is okay if you don’t have stock

250 grams brown lentils

100 grams small macaroni

20 gram butter

2 onions, thinly sliced

Baharat Tomato Sauce:

1/4 cup olive oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

1 garlic clove, finely chopped or grated

2 1/2 teaspoons baharat

1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes

400 grams canned cherry tomatoes

200 grams canned chopped tomatoes

1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar

Baharat:

You can buy this online or from specialty stores. I made mine since I had all the available spices in the cupboard.

2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.

To make the sauce:

1. Heat the oil in the saucepan, add the onion and garlic and sauté until tender.

2. Stir in the baharat spice and chilli

3. Add the tomatoes and season to taste. Simmer until thickened. Stir in the vinegar and keep warm.

To make the base:

1. Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil in a pan, add rice and stir to coat. Season to taste, then add the stock. Cover with lid and cook on a low heat until the rice is tender and the stock absorbed.

2. Cook the lentils until almost tender, then add the macaroni. Stir until the pasta is al dente. Drain and combined with the cooked rice.

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3. Heat the butter and cook the onion until golden brown and crispy.

4. To serve, divide the rice mixture into bowls and spoon over the tomato sauce. Garnish with the crispy onion.

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Shelley’s Notes:

1. We added spinach leaves to our tomato sauce. We also had some kidney beans in the fridge, so we added those as well.

2. We didn’t have cherry tomatoes. I used a 800 gram can of chopped tomatoes.

3. I think I’d garnish with parsley or fresh coriander in the future, rather than the onion.

Verdict: Delicious! I will definitely make this dish again.

It is a Paranormal Heat Wave! #sale #99c #paranormal #romance

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Grab a paranormal bargain for 99c or less! Today and tomorrow only.

Lynx to the Pharaoh is my contribution to the Heat Wave sale, and it is available at all online book stores for 99c. Here’s the blurb:

ShelleyMunro_LynxToThePharaoh_200pxSethmet Khalil comes from a line of shapeshifters who protect the pharaoh from tomb robbers. It’s a sacred duty handed down from father to son—a duty he’s determined to carry out successfully so his family retain the shapeshifter powers they cherish. Failure means death at the hands of a deadly curse.

Desperate to escape the strictures of mourning, Charlotte Webster travels to Egypt with her stepbrother. The freedom of Patria Oasis is heady after the stuffy rules of the London season. It’s full of temptation. Sethmet, their guide, is handsome and sparks forbidden desire in Charlotte. Risking censure, she embarks on a passionate affair, secret rendezvous full of lingering caresses and explosive pleasure.

Charlotte pleases both man and feline, but she’s with the men Sethmet suspects are hunting for the pharaoh’s treasure. If Charlotte is involved, he can’t protect her from the pharaoh’s curse and she’ll die with the others. Love, danger and betrayal battle beneath the blood-red desert moon as the lovers steal moments together and fate works its wiles.

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White Desert, Egypt #travel

This is the last of the photos in my series of shots of the White Desert in Egypt.

White Desert Shelley Munro

This is me sitting on one of the white rock formations in the White Desert. And yes, I was having a very bad hair day since we’d been camping for several days and it was stinking hot. This photo was taken toward the end of the day, not long before the sun set.

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White Desert Formation

A close up of one of the rock formations in the White Desert, Egypt. They are amazing, formed by wind and sand action. The rock is white, hence the name of the desert.

White Desert 3, Egypt #travel

White Desert Night

At night, the White Desert in Egypt becomes a magical place and very beautiful.

The White Desert 2, Egypt #travel

White Desert Campsite

We spent the night in the White desert, camping out on the sandy patches between the rock formations. Once the sun went down, the temperature dropped, and it became chilly. The campfire was very welcome.

The White Desert, Egypt #travel

White Desert

This is the White Desert in the west of Egypt. It’s full of strange rock and sand formations, caused by the wind. I imagine a lunar landscape looks much like this.

Cruising the Nile

The Nile, Egypt

This photo doesn’t look real, but I can tell you for a fact that it is. This is the view from our ship as we cruised down the Nile River. There is a thin band of green on either side of the river with pasture for grazing and crops. Beyond this band of green is desert and this makes for a dramatic landscape. It almost looks like a painting.

Donkey Sightseeing

Donkey Sightseeing

When we booked our trip to Egypt, this was the part that worried me the most—the donkey ride. I dreaded it, having visions of falling off, yet all these years later, it is the part I remember most. We got up early and it was barely light when we arrived at the donkey meeting point. We were assigned our donkeys and off we went, riding along flat roads toward the hills where the tombs are hidden. It was a leisurely ride along quiet roads, then up a hillside path.

At the entrance to the Valley of the Kings, we trotted past tourists in big coaches. I thought smugly of the fun they had missed out on. Ironic, when this was the part I dreaded!

After our exploration of the tombs, we mounted our donkeys and rode back to Luxor. By this time, my butt was a bit sore. The others were complaining too. Also, the donkeys moved a lot faster on the way home.

It was a brilliant and memorable excursion. I have a soft spot for donkeys.

Egypt: Worthy of a Painting!

We visited Egypt quite a few years ago now and had a brilliant time. Egypt is a country full of fascinating history. Mummies. I gravitate to them in museums! But I was also taken by the scenery. The Nile, which is like a backbone, provides a lifeline for the people living along its banks. They rely on the water in the river to irrigate their crops and to feed their animals.

There is a distinct band of green on both sides of the river. Farther away, the dryness of the desert takes over. It makes for an interesting photo—one of big contrasts.

Cruising the Nile, Egypt 

This is the view we saw from our boat as we sailed down the Nile from Luxor to Aswan. Isn’t it amazing? Almost like a painting, but I can assure you this is real.

I have a new release – a boxed set of my contemporary romances called Ain’t Misbehaving.

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The boxed set contains:

Lovers at Last

One Night of Misbehavior

Blindside

Fringe Benefits

Wild Child

So far this set is available at All Romance ebooks. It should be available at other online retailers very soon.

Have you been to Egypt? Do mummies fascinate you? And a question about boxed sets – do you read all the books contained in a boxed set or do you just read the ones that interest you?



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