Order Deadline: Noon, Tuesday, April 12th
ABOUT THIS BOX
There were several catalysts for the revolts five years ago in the North African and Persian Gulf countries, referred to collectively as the Arab Spring: the concentration of wealth in the hands of autocrats who ruled for decades, corruption and the lack of transparency regarding wealth redistribution, as well as the refusal of the youth to accept the status quo. Among other factors, the rise in food prices and global famine rates were also significant, as they involved threats to food security worldwide. Prices approached the same levels as during the 2007–2008 world food price crisis. So it would seem, food was at the heart of it all. Avoiding any further politics here, let’s celebrate the food culture and enjoy the recipes inspired by these individual countries!
Zucchini: Here at last!
Almond and Apricot Mix: For the Dried Fruit/Nut selection this week, we have put together a mixed bag of Almonds and Apricots. As these are so wonderful together in Tajines and other dishes, please experiment by adding them to your chicken and more.
Za’atar: Really excited to offer this signature spice blend from Palestine, traditionally used on tomatoes, meat, fish, eggs, labne cheese. Brought to us from wonderful Fair Trade company Canaan, which consolidates a large number of small scale producers joined in village-based cooperatives and networked nationally in Palestine – they are affording an opportunity for over 1700 farm families to earn a living, sustain their relationship to their land, and provide a future for their children. This week we are also featuring their Couscous as the grain of the week, even though it’s not local.
To make Za’atar, thyme is wild-collected from the hills near Jenin, a certified organic, sustainable activity. The thyme is dried and blended with roasted sesame seeds, ground sumac, and a touch of salt by women-owned cooperatives. Olive oil, za’atar and fresh-baked bread is the daily breakfast in Palestine. Za’atar keeps indefinitely, refrigerated or frozen. It is known for increasing mental acuity, and is also great on chicken, seafood, and dips. We just love this blend, so have fun experimenting!
Top Tip of the Week: From Grist, an article about what to do with those herbs that pile up in your fridge, and a few other ideas to avoid waste.
- Tunisian Chicken with Lemon and Olives
- Yemeni Baked Lamb and Potatoes With Cumin and Tomatoes
- Pitta Pockets with Moroccan Inspired Filling
- Algerian Roast Vegetables (or)
- Lebanese Mezze from Claudia Roden
- Libyan Chachouka
- Omnivore 5-meal Real Food Box includes ingredients for all the recipes, plus additional staples and fruit.
- Vegetarian 5-meal Real Food Box includes ingredients for the Algerian Roast Vegetables or Lebanese Mezze from Claudia Roden, and Libyan Chachouka plus ingredients for 2-3 more meals of your own invention and additional staples and fruit.
- Omnivore 2-meal Real Food box includes ingredients for the Pitta Pockets with Moroccan Inspired Filling and Chachouka
- Vegetarian 2-meal Real Food box includes ingredients for the Algerian Roast Vegetables and Libyan Chachouka