Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cleopatra's Culinary Adventures: Egyptian Fish with Cousbareia Sauce

Egyptian Fish with Cousbareia Sauce
Makes 4 to 6 servings

About 2 ½ pounds white fish fillets
Flour for coating
Vegetable oil for deep-frying
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, thinly sliced
4 ounces hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
2 ounces pine nuts
1 cup tomatoes, sliced
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Clean fish carefully, cutting larger fish into thick slices and leaving smaller ones whole. Dry pieces very thoroughly, then dredge with flour.

Meanwhile, heat oil for deep-frying until it is very hot and then gently lower fish pieces into it. Do not try to cook too many pieces at once, as the temperature of the oil must remain as hot as possible or the fish will get soggy. After 5 to 10 minutes, fish should be crisp and a light golden color.

Remove pieces from oil and drain on parchment paper. They can be served as they are with salt, pepper and lemon wedges if you prefer; otherwise, continue as below.

Heat olive oil in a deep pan and fry onions until soft and just turning golden. Add hazelnuts and pine nuts and fry a couple of minutes more; then add tomato slices and cook until they soften. Add just enough water to cover vegetables, stir in parsley, season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer another few minutes.

Carefully lay fish pieces in pan and spoon a little sauce over them. Cover pan and simmer gently 15 minutes. Alternatively, place fish pieces in an ovenproof dish, pour sauce over and cook in a preheated 350-degree oven 15 minutes. Serve warm with rice or new potatoes.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Cleopatra's Closet

Asymmetrical Stretch Bracelet
A stretchy bracelet featuring asymmetrical pieces with dimpled detail and lacquered embellishments 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Being Cleopatra: Abigail Lennox

Abigail Lennox being Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare in Egitto by Handel with the Bedford Chamber Concerts at the Fellowship Hall of St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford, NY April 18, 2012

WHAT: Giulio Cesare in Egitto by Handel
WHERE: Fellowship Hall of St. Matthew’s Church at 382 Cantitoe Street in Bedford, NY  
WHEN: Wednesday April 18, 2012
TICKETS: General admission is $40 and student tickets are available for $20 with the presentation of a current student ID. Refreshments are included in the price of admission and are served during intermission.

Friday, April 13, 2012

"Cleopatra Emerald" is the largest in the world


"Beverly Hills, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/09/2012 -- A team of researchers recently discovered what some are calling the largest emerald in the world. Aptly named the “Cleopatra Emerald,” its weight is 40175 carts (cts) and shares a similar if not the same species as the famous Mogul emerald (217.80 cts), which Christie’s sold for $2.2 million.

To confirm the authenticity of the Cleopatra as an emerald, researchers analyzed its tone and light. Subsequently, that color enhancements notwithstanding, the Cleopatra’s displayed an uneven tone with some parts lighters and others darker. For this and other reasons, GIA graduates at have certified the Cleopatra as n emerald.

With its rarity and beauty together with the Mogul as a basis for comparison, gem experts have approximated the Cleopatra’s value from $20 - $450 million (US). The Cleopatra also has a visually appealing deep green color akin to a Brazilian emerald.

What makes the Cleopatra so unique is not only its weight, but also its cut – among other characteristics. Indeed, it’s both brittle and a large round emerald, making it even more unique. Although emeralds are the most challenging of all gems to cut, it took over 3 months to cut the Cleopatra. As is common practice in treating emeralds, the Cleopatra was enhanced with oil treatment.

For historical perspective on the Cleopatra, the emerald’s beauty and exquisiteness reminded its discoverers of the original Queen of Egypt herself. In fact, the connection between the gem and the queen runs deeper: for Cleopatra of Egypt, emeralds were her favorite of all gems.

Currently, the Cleopatra emerald is now on the market for purchase. For consideration, you can send your offer to or call 888 311-7293."

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