Revolution in Egypt!

Egyptian Celebrations
Like so many, we’ve been watching the events in Egypt unfold these last few weeks. What the future holds for the region, it’s too soon to say. For now, I say, we all celebrate the power of the people to bring down a dictator, and the hope of more freedom and democracy in the Middle East. Look at the joy on the faces in this picture, cribbed from the AP.

And, on a more personal level, and in honor of the amazing revolution currently occurring in Egypt, (and the overthrow of the dictator in Tunisia a few weeks ago) I decided to change our dinner plans tonight from burgers and fries, to spiced burgers and couscous, from Real Simple magazine. Amazing. Truly amazing events taking place. To the people of Egypt, we stand with you! Celebrate!

Spiced Mini Burgers

Spiced Mini Burgers with Couscous Salad
Ingredients

  • 1 10-ounce box couscous (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 scallions, sliced
  • 4 plum tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 seedless cucumber, cut into half-moons
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 8-ounce container hummus (optional)

Directions

  1. Place the couscous in a large bowl and pour 1½ cups hot tap water over the top. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork.
  2. Form the beef into 12 small ½-inch-thick patties. Sprinkle with the cumin, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook to the desired doneness, 4 minutes per side for medium.
  4. Toss the couscous with the scallions, tomatoes, cucumber, lemon juice, remaining oil, 1¼ teaspoons salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  5. Serve with the burgers and hummus, if using.

Tip

Give this dinner a Mediterranean accent by using ground lamb for the patties and stirring ¼ cup crumbled Feta into the couscous salad.

5 thoughts on “Revolution in Egypt!

  1. It is a momentous day. So inspiring to see the voices of the people being heard and respected! I hope there will be a peaceful transition of power to a democratic government resulting in a free society.

  2. Ha! What better way to celebrate?

    The Guardian’s live feed has been constantly on in a corner of my screen at work for two weeks – perhaps both democracy in the Middle East and my productivity will both improve.

    More seriously, I watching this after noon and getting goosebumps. Do you remember those scenes of the Wall coming down?

    • Indeed I do, and was just talking about that last night with my daughter. Makes me want to sing that song, “right here, right now”…

  3. Starshine said it perfectly – today is such a momentous day. I’m so glad that things are on the mend in Egypt!

    Wonderful way to celebrate – the entire meal looks perfect!

  4. I think Mark Shields on PBS’s Newshour said it best: “al-Qaeda hates this uprising in Egypt. Because this changes the face of what Islamic countries want in terms of governance.” Sure it’s too early to tell what the next regime will be like, but one can hope that this democratic uprising will produce a democratic government.

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