Anyway, tonight, I am co-hosting a Middle-Eastern dinner party with a friend. She has the kasbah, I have the cooking skills. And we invited a few of our close friends for the occasion.
So, what's in store for the night? I am making hummus with spinach, which includes tahini, garlic, kosher salt, olive oil, and lemon juice. This will be served beforehand, with Middle-Eastern pita breads to accompany it. The main dish would be a tagine of chicken with chickpeas and mint. This involves simmering the chicken in a pot full of exotic spices such as cumin, turmeric, coriander, and cinnamon. Fresh mint would provide the contrast needed from the spices. This is served with couscous with dried apricots and coriander seeds.
Now the dessert, well, I am not too good when it comes to making desserts. So I will let my co-host plan that. After all, she's better in baking and in desserts in general than me.
What else? I have a few CDs of Middle Eastern electronica, featuring bands from underground clubs in Beirut, Paris, Montpellier, Marrakesh, and so on. This should be fun. The only thing missing are the belly dancers.