I hosted a Moroccan Feast on Tuesday. This I had promised to my girl friends who all gave me a huge casserole/braiser pan for my Bday in Jan. So I planned to make an easy Moroccan chicken with a salad... that was my initial plan. Then as always once I start planning and researching a bit about Moroccan food I ended up with so many dishes:
~ Mint tea with fresh mint leaves to start of and to end the meal with
~ Moroccan chicken with chickpeas & zucchini
~ Lamb tagine with sweet potato
~ Zaalouk (egg plant dip)
~ Hummus with pine nuts on top
~ Yogurt dip with fresh mint and cilantro
~ Pita bread
~ Green Salad
~ Dessert: Oranges infused with Orange blossom water, served with vanilla frozen yogurt, candied rose petals & pistachios
And instead of the 8-10 girl friends I thought were coming we had a full house that day and I ended up having 12 ladies, one young man, a baby and 2 little ones over for lunch! So much fun! I love these impromptu gatherings, and since I always make enough food it was no problem that a few more ended up at the lunch table. These moments are special to me, having a nice meal and chatting with your friends... what better way can you imagine than spending your time like this!!
The day before I even went out to a Moroccan here in town and bought these cute original glasses and tray, serving mint tea you can only do this way!
Table settings in some Moroccan colors, the deep hues of the reds/purples/blues/greens, it looked so nice!
Baby Gabriel didn't taste our food yet, but he is getting to know the girl friends of his mom Olimpia!
I love these hang-outs with my friends... too bad Tehmina was not there, although she called us from London to say Hi! and we missed her!!
My friend Karen took all these photographs since I had no time to take some myself, thank you Karen, they are great!
This time my husband was even lucky and we all had some left-overs for dinner that evening, although I added some more chicken pieces to the stew and some more couscous.
More events like this to come, because I am thinking of starting to give cooking classes after I come back from India. Got a few requests now and it made me think about it...
This menu will be on the list for sure then, but I have many more themes in my head ;-)
We get together and it is always around food with us... no wonder I have a hard time loosing my pounds I had in mind! LOL
Have a Terrific Thursday!