We walked five blocks north Saturday night and disappeared into a Moroccan themed party that encouraged us to taste the elegance of saffron and to send bright wishes into the sky.
When you’re toasting lasting friendship, we’ve found it’s best to lean in. Our Gourmet Club gets a together a couple of times a year to celebrate and sip, to educate and eat. As we’ve written about before, two host couples choose a theme, assign recipes, prepare the main dish and host the party.
For the Moroccan themed evening, our hosts served a slow roasted lamb prepared on La Caja China, an impulse purchase made during the Gourmet Club’s early years that has served its members well.
We dipped pita bread into appetizers of warm goat cheese with honey and toasted pistachio nuts, and enjoyed a delicious roasted vegetable salad. With saffron infused couscous and a spinach salad, the meal looked both healthy and colorful. We topped it off with thick cuts of carrot cake, and promptly ended that illusion.
I settled in to digest, and offered my right ankle to Emily, who hand drew a pretty henna tattoo souvenir on it.
As night fell across a perfect summer sky, we watched bright-colored sky lanterns carry wishes away. We wished for health and continued friendship, for happy memories and peace. We toasted sunshine and summer.
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. M’a ssalama (with peace).