Now, you have to understand, when I make a special occasion out of something, I go all out and stress myself silly for days. My friends know this about me and tease me about it, but hey, that's what friends are for. So, I created invitations for this dinner party and they all agreed to come. There were 8 people total.
Special thank you to Sylvaine for taking pictures all evening long for me :-)
Hummus and Baba Ghanouj
Hummus is a dip made mostly of chickpeas. I used this recipe and it was so easy and delicious. Note that is is also very garlicky.
Baba ghanouj is made from eggplant. Now, eggplant is not my favorite vegetable, and yet, I decided to make some, go figure. I used this recipe and used less garlic. It turned out quite good too.
Tajine and couscous
For the couscous, I used a combination of several recipes, taking ideas for vegetables and spices. It also turned out really well, with the only exception that the recipes are for couscous as a whole meal and not a side dish, so I have enough leftovers to eat for 10 days...
I also made a carrot salad inspired by a recipe I found in a Moroccan recipe book I have: shredded carrots with raisins, lemon juice, a bit of sugar, and orange extract.
For dessert, I made baklava, using this recipe. This came out perfect. I just need to practice cutting the baklava so the pieces are more or less of the same size. I had the idea of serving them in cupcake liners and it made it easier to grab and eat. I served it with some fresh fruit: grapes, mandarin oranges and plums. I was also supposed to make mint tea, I had the tea, the fresh mint, the special glasses... and I forgot to make the tea... Oooops!
So, this was my adventure into an exotic cuisine. I enjoyed it, I think my guests enjoyed it. I'm pretty proud of myself, if I may say so. I learned a lot and can't wait next week to try something else... Stay tuned!