When Eating in Libya

I have the privilege to live in Libya until June. This is a fascinating country with people that definitely deserve a better future than their past.

One of the things I enjoy the most when in a new country, is trying out the local food. Due to the security issues in Libya at the moment, I don’t think my company would be very pleased if I ventured out for evening meals in Tripoli. Particularly not as I would have to make the 30km journey by car back to the office after the meal.

Nevertheless, I am on client site in central Tripoli every day – so I do get my fair share of commuting. And my fair share of Libyan sandwiches. The lunch here is starting to become quite repetitive, and I struggle a bit to have a sandwich for lunch every day. Despite having lived more than five years in the UK, I still don’t consider a sandwich lunch.

In my home country, we eat a hot meal for lunch and dinner. And – in my humble opinion – that is how the world should be fed!

What does my Libyan dinners look like then? Well, so far I have experimented a lot with…tuna. The canned variety. Please try this at home.

Boil pasta, drain and add:
~114g of canned tuna
1 tspn of Harissa
3 tbspns of chopped olives
1 tbspn of cream cheese
Choose one: tomato puree, passata or chopped tomatoes

Then stir, reheat and serve. Preferably on a plate in your own compound!

And what to drink? May I recommend the 2013 edition of the Don Simon grape juice…

Smaklig måltid!