ras al hanout

A Delicious Dish With a Ridiculous Name

We are dining in tonight.  The human female is making something with the truly regrettable name of “Baa-Squeal.”  Why?  Why indeed!

The humans call it “Baa-Squeal” because it has lamb in it.

Think about that.

Still, the finished dish, which has its inspiration the spicy dishes of Morocco, is quite tasty, so Sigyn and I are taking notes, in case we ever want to make it ourselves.

First, we make a little bouillon, since we don’t have any chicken stock on hand.


(That is definitely the human female’s mug.)

Next, one large yellow onion needs to be made into small bits.


I volunteer.  I like chopping things up!

We want to get a bit of caramelization on these.


Mmm!  Not many things smell better than onions frying.

Here’s the lamb.  The human female cooked it up earlier, so Sigyn wouldn’t have to see it raw.  Occasionally that mortal uses her brain cell!


We should start the couscous now.  It’s like itty-bitty pasta grains and is pretty much instant.  But we’re going to add some parsley to it, so it will take on some flavor as it sits.


By Odin’s monocular vision!  Look at that sell-by date!  Luckily, it does keep well in the cold box.

Here’s a fun part.  We need little pieces of dried apricot. The easiest way to make them is with the scissors.


I wanted to use the human female’s good sewing shears, but Sigyn said no.

Now we need some veggies.  Tomato, and there’s a yellow pepper in the cold box.


How are those onions  doing?


Starting to see some color.

Time for peezncarrots!


The human female is using frozen.  I’m a Frost Giant, and I approve!

Add the bouillon, cover, and let it cook for a while.


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Now for the spices.  The human female throws about half the cupboard in here, but I think these will all play nicely together.


I wanted to sneak in some oregano or rum extract or wasabi, just to make it interesting, but Sigyn said no.

More fruit is required!  Raisins are good.


Let’s be extra-fancy tonight and put some toasted almonds on top.


Toasting almonds are one of the few things that smell better than frying onions…

The lamb has gone in.


The couscous is ready.  It just needs fluffing.



Here’s the finished Baa-Squeal.


The humans are saying it’s a good batch; very tasty.  Ehehehehe!  They haven’t noticed my mischief yet…

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What’s For Dinner?, Part II: Cuisine Revealed

When last we looked in on dinner preparations, the pan was full of a vegetable medley.  Colorful, but decidedly lacking in protein.  Volstagg would never approve, and I don’t either!

Wait.  What-?  Well, FInally!  The human female has produced some previously-cut-up-and-browned-but not-cooked-through lamb.


Harrumph!  If I’d known she had that in the freezer, I’d have been making kebabs long before now.  But what is she going to do with it today?

Ah, now things begin to make sense.  Do you see, Sigyn?   She has assembled a suite of savory spices.


I think I now know what is transpiring!  We are to be treated to something reminiscent of North African cuisine.  The human male says the female usually uses ground lamb and that they call this “Baa-squeal.”  Today, since the lamb is pieces rather than ground, they are calling it “Cubic Baa-Squeal.”

That is a very disturbing name.

However, it is beginning to smell so good that I am willing to overlook the unfortunate sobriquet.

Now, if this is indeed North African, there should be some couscous involved.  And yes, here it is!   The pasta so nice they named it twice!


Hahahahaha!  Remember, Sigyn, that time the human female had the box of spiced couscous I put in the shopping cart?  When she tipped the opened box over her hand to catch the envelope of spices and the bag of couscous, she discovered there was no bag for the couscous!   I should be surprised if, when the humans finally move out of this house and into a Home for the Doddering, the new owners don’t continue to find couscous in sundry nooks and crannies for decades to come.

My tummy is rumbling.  Couscous is quick to cook, so it won’t be long now!

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