Introducing: Lebanon!

First up, sorry for the gap in posting. I have a full time job again now, working up to the Vic election, and its taking up most of my posting time 🙂 Readers can probably expect more gaps over the next 47 days.

This week we have been cooking and eating Lebanese food. I say we, because now that I’m working somenights, Mr is doing some of the cooking. I say “have been” because I’ve been super sack at posting, and am more than a week behind! There’s a whole country we’ve done at home that I haven’t even told you about!

This is an easy one for us. We ordinarily eat a lot of Lebanese (and similar) food, because we live in a suburb with lots of Lebanese restaurants, grocers, bakeries and felafel joints. This means we get zatar wraps with salad on the weekend, we eat felafel when we can’t be bothered to cook, we get great spice mixes, breads, and frozen felafel or felafel mix, and zatar bread has become a car trip tradition. Brunswick really is a yummy place to live.

About Lebanon – where is it?

Lebanon is in the middle east, on the Mediterranean Sea, and borders Syria to the north and west, and Israel to the south. The capital Beirut is approximately in the middle of the coast.

About Lebanon – people and economy

  • Population: 4,017,095
  • Median age: 29.4
  • Life expectancy at birth: 73.66 years
  • Birth rate: 1.78 children born per woman
  • Religions: Muslim 59.7% (Shia, Sunni, Druze, Isma’ilite, Alawite or Nusayri), Christian 39% (Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Chaldean, Assyrian, Copt, Protestant), other 1.3%
  • Languages: Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian
  • Literacy: Male 93.1% Female 82.2%
  • Suffrage: all men at age 21, women with elementary education at age 21. Those in the army can’t vote.
  • GDP per capita: $13 200
  • Unemployment rate: 9.2%

Did you know…?

Lebanon entered the Eurovision song contest in 2005, but had to withdraw as there was an Israeli contestant and Lebanese law prevents and Lebanese television station from showing Israeli content. The station received a three year ban, and there have been no moves from the country to enter again.

The Menu

This may look a little involved, but most of the food is easy and quick to prepare.

  • Babaganoyj (eggplant)
  • Tomato salad
  • chickpea dip with “beef”
  • potato kibbeh
  • pumpkin kibbeh
  • tabouli
  • ful medames
  • batata harara
  • lentils and rice
  • tomato kibbeh
  • zatar
  • pizza
  • felafel

I’d say wish us luck, but we’ve already made half of this list. That said, as you’ll see, we could have used the luck this week!

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