- 4 Eggs
- 2 Tbsp Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1 Cup of Flour
- 2 Tbsp Water
I’ve noticed that a lot of my cooking idols are NOT on the food network. The food network seems to be a lot of fluffy food porn without any instruction or the shows that have instruction are making sweets or garbage. Now dont get me wrong I like watching some of these shows, theres always something to be learned. I especially like “restaurant stakeout” but those kind of shows have nothing to do with cooking at all. My idols are Gordon Ramsay, a real chef who’s proven himself on many occasions and also has a real watchable personality. Secondly there’s Anthony Bourdain. I love his books, I doubt he does much cooking now-a-days but he started in the trenches. I like to think of him as a battlefield veteran of food. He’s a hard drinking, adventure/music loving, former druggie, nightowl chef. Isn’t that what we all want to be?
Anyway he has a new show on CNN called “Parts Unknown”. Where he travels the world, often in dangerous places, to check out the local culture and of course the food. Recently he did an episode in Libya which has gone through a lot of changes in the past little while. In this episode they talked about the uprising and what Libya was like before and after the people rose up. It was a fascinating show that made me want to learn more about the country. They also showed an unhealthy but delicious looking traditional breakfast called Sfinz but they never showed how it’s made. Thats where your friendly neighborhood Temple of Evil comes in!
Basically Libya for forty years was ruled by a violent, uncaring dictator named Qaddafi who had very little regard for the well being of his people. I’ve read that he casually referred to his own people as “backwards”. Despite the country pulling in MASSIVE revenues from its oil reserves many of the people were malnourished and corruption was rampant. Dissidents were brutally murdered and everyone feared to even say the name Qaddafi as spies were everywhere and they were likely to “disappear”. Sounds a lot like Voldemort from Harry Potter doesn’t it? He-who-must-not-be-named. Despite all the odds the people rose up and without regard for their own lives thinking only for making the country a better place for their children and generations to come, they overthrew the oppressive regime!
We should all take a lesson from this. Don’t accept corruption on any level, and NEVER think that one person cannot make a difference. It reminds me of one of my favorite sayings from “Cloud Atlas”…
“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?”
In honor of the Libyan People and anyone else fighting for change, this must be a breakfast of champions. This is Sfinz!
1) Take 2 of your eggs and mix them together with 2 Tbsp Sugar, 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, 1 Tsp Baking Powder, 1 Cup of Flour, and 2 Tablespoons of water. Mix well until you’ve formed a slightly sticky dough. If you find it’s too sticky to work with add a bit more flour.
2) Knead the dough for about 5 minutes slowly forming it until a little rough pizza shape. You want the edges to be slightly taller than the middle. Thats your egg basket.
3) Pre-heat about 2 inches of oil until it bubbles when you stick a chopstick or wooden spoon in it. Then turn it down to medium and immediately toss your dough in.
4) Cook one side of the dough until it is just under golden then flip it.
5) If it starts to bubble too high poke a hole in the dough and knock it down.
6) Crack 2 eggs onto the side you’ve already cooked and ladle hot oil onto them repeatedly to cook them. I used two eggs because I love eggs but i think traditionally you’d only use one probably. You can also bust the yolks if you like or keep them runny for dipping.
7) When the dough is cooked golden brown on the bottom side and the eggs are cooked to your liking remove from pot with slotted ladle and let the oil run off. Try to get as much off as possible and pat it dry as well if you feel the need.
8) Let it cool slightly then rip off pieces of the dough to eat, or cut pieces off. I like to rip if off and dip it in the eggs.
I’ve got to say although this is an incredibly bad-for-you breakfast (or any meal) it was a real treat and i loved it! Something about eating this just makes you want to go out and topple a corrupt regime! Grrrrr! Congrats to Libya!
Also just a disclaimer, I have never been to Libya and am not entirely up on my world events so any information about the country provided here is third hand at best. Reader beware!