shortlist no. 10 / september 16, 2010
Mmmm Afghan food. So glad I made your acquaintance.
Can you tell by the shortlist I was going for a Middle Eastern theme? That way, I could conveniently include my perennial pita chips with labne and za’atar. And dates are totally from the Middle East. And yes, my ignorant Western biases are on full display as I confuse the Near East with the Middle East, and bunch all Arab/Persian/Sephardic peoples under the umbrella of Those Who Eat Dates.
It’s a shame I’m not more cognizant of the world and its cuisines, but I’m having a hard enough time familiarizing myself with the ways of the Australians, also known as Those Who Eat Sausage Rolls, so maybe I deserve a break. Or maybe I should keep up the momentum of my new found culinary curiosity. If the delicacies of Afghanistan are any measure, it’ll be worth my while.
early spring dinner for 6 (plus an ill but still very cute baby)
pita chips with labne with za’atar
broiled fresh dates stuffed with St. Azur wrapped in bacon
kaddo bourani: sugared pumpkin with yogurt and beef sauces
qabili pilau: spiced basmati rice with chicken thighs, sugared carrots and raisins
spiced orange-infused chocolate pudding with toasted coconut, nuts and whipped cream