I don't know. As I said, I can't explain it, but the reality is that I never finished writing this blog and I haven't had another dinner since then. I toyed with the idea of moving to V for Venezuela but I just never had the motivation to finish writing this blog about UAE and Eric pretty much said I can't do another dinner until I finish writing this blog. Mind, it's not like Eric rules or anything but somehow it made sense. Plus it felt like an excuse. As long as I didn't finish the blog, I didn't have to do another dinner.
But here I am, in May 2013, almost an entire year later and I finally came across the menu of that dinner from Bastille Day 2012 and I just couldn't put it off anymore. Except, I can't really remember much of that dinner. So glad about the comment cards. This story will be told from the comments of my guests. Hopefully I can still find photos... And more importantly, I hope that when I do find them, I can remember what's what!
According to my guest cards, I hosted quite a few people that night: Karen and her friend Michelle, Kako, Joanne, Anne & Tony and of course Eric.
As an appetizer I served Shrimp fried with spices. Typically served as a main course, I suppose I just gave smaller portions and made it a starter. Everyone loved this, gave it a 9 or a 10, except for Eric who gave it a 7 despite the fact that he doesn't like Cardamom. Must have been good. Note to self to make this again...
For dessert I made a custard with cardamom and rose water and got some really mixed reviews: Eric and Kako hated it, Joanne & Anne gave it a passable score but Tony, Karen and Michelle loved it (I can remember desserts, I almost always remember a good dessert and I remember really liking this - but I do love custards, I like cardamom and I do think rose water in dessert make it smell like you're eating a flower). It looked really pretty too but it was obviously not something for everyone's palate.
Surely, there was a lot of wine and a lot of fun conversation. Because there always is a lot of wine and people have a good time (I have fun friends, very opinionated and not at all afraid to get into a good animated discussion).
I gave some nice goody bags too. I roasted some spices to make "bezar" a mix of spices pounded together....
I also made a date crumble which ended up having the consistency of bread crumbs...and some small fried rice cakes (I have no recollection of these at all...)
|Khameer ~ Round Yeast Bread 8
And here we are. Again, almost 1 year later but I'm finally back. Hopefully I can go back to getting real comments instead of the huge amount of spam I've been getting. Spammers are getting very sophisticated. It really looks like they're reading the blog. But honestly, I don't care to play your poker games, join your online casino, buy your fake cellulite creams, etc.
I care about getting to know what people around the world eat, how, when and with whom. But above all, I care about spending great nights with friends with good food, wine and lots of laughter.