My perfect weekend: great food, drinks, and some good company. Never gets old.
A Berber Brunch spread for 10 (The couscous hasn't been brought out yet, hence the empty blue bowl at the top right of the picture).
Orange Salad with Mint, Carrots and Cucumbers
1-2 boxes of Rocket
3 oranges, peeled and sliced thinly into coins
Bunch of Mint
2 Japanese cucumbers (the small, thin ones)
2 Carrots, grated into thin strips
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons honey
salt and pepper
Create layers of rocket with mint, oranges, cucumbers and carrots.
Whisk orange juice, ginger and garlic in small bowl. Slowly add olive oil while whisking. Add honey and whisk until combined, then add salt and pepper to taste.
Either drizzle over salad or put it in a serving bowl and pass around dining table.
Dates stuffed with Goat's Cheese Wrapped in Bacon. They went pretty fast.
Three Variations of Hummus: Creamy Parsnip Hummus, Avocado Hummus, Chickpea Hummus. Greek Yogurt with Herbs (Mint and Parsley) (top of picture). The Parsnip and Avocado recipes come from Oleana's cookbook in Boston. Recipes will be posted in upcoming entry.
Roast Chicken with Za'atar, Sumac and Lemon (Thank you to Charbel for the Lebanese herbs)
My piece de resistance: A 5.2lb Roast Leg of Lamb, marinated over two nights in a Mint, Parsley, Honey, Soy marinade. It was bigger than my head, and made the ideal weapon of choice in the Coloseum. I could have bludgeoned a spartan to death and stabbed a gladiator with its hoof. Recipe to come in upcoming entry.
Virgie, my hero of the day, helping me out with prep work.
Lemon Squares to feed the addictions of everyone who had been craving them all week. 10 minutes later...