The other day I got a call from someone asking me to cook for a private dinner party she was having at her house. Here was the catch: she wanted easy, quick, vegan, light food, to be served buffet style, and the biggest catch of all... the theme of the night was Morroccan/Syrain food! I was so excited! I love when I'm hired to host dinner parties or cook privately for people but the hardest part of doing that is deciding WHAT to make. With this job the cool part was that my genre of food to cook was decided for me! Now the hard part about this task is that aside from my husband being Syrian, I am TOTALLY American. While I do cook a great deal of Morroccan and Syrian food I like to think of myself as a 'self taught middle eastern chef' that being said here's what I made for the Middle Eastern night...
Red Lentil Soup (the recipe for this is posted on an older blog posting)
Red Onions with Sumac*
Baked Falafel Burgers
Vegan Whole Wheat Laham'bajeen
Vegan Basil spread for the falafel sandwiches
Purple raw cabbage salad with Za'atar*
Toasted Whole Wheat Pita brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with Za'atar
Naana (mint) Tea
Freshly sliced watermelon
Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies fresh from the oven...
* Sumac is a delicious and tangy middle eastern spice. It makes for a great spice in salad dressings but even easier than that is to simply sprinkle it on any raw vegetable. You can buy it at any middle eastern grocery store.
* Za'atar is another delicious Middle Eastern seasoning, while the combination of spices in Za'atar vary greatly it usually consists of: ground dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, and a combination of toasted sesame seeds and salt.
Contact me if you're interested in having any private cooking done.