Wednesday, July 29, 2009

July Book Club

As you all know by now, our monthly book club get-togethers are just a thinly veiled excuse to eat!

This month we all read The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. I highly recommend it! Not to give too much away, but it takes place primarily in North Africa, which is often culinarily lumped together with the Middle East . So we decided to have a North African/Middle-Eastern themed potluck.

Our lovely hostess did the amazing chicken/veggie kababs, as well as provided pita chips with hummus and baba ghanoush. I did couscous, and our friends brought mango key lime pie, the ingredients for fruit salad, and sfouf, which is a Lebanese cake.

All ready to eat! Except the sfouf, which was baking away.

Chicken and vegetable kababs

Couscous with herbs and spices -- olive oil, parsley, mint, turmeric, paprika, cumin, za'atar, and some other stuff I don't remember. Sorry for the crappy blurry picture, I must have been excited about the food!

The BEST fruit salad -- raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, nectarines, and plums, all mixed with honey, lime juice, fresh mint, and cinnamon.

Mango-Key Lime Pie -- soo good!

Sfouf - semolina turmeric cake. Fun to say, fun to eat!


itsawrapteacher said...

Loved The Alchemist! I would so join your book club :)

Spiceaholic said...

You would most definitely be welcome! We're reading The Time Traveler's Wife for next month so we can watch the movie when it comes out.