We met at my house for a Middle Eastern meal. We started off with a hummus trio, thanks to Tonya, and a Tennessee Breeze cocktail (NOT Middle Eastern).
Tennessee Breeze: 2 parts Tennessee Honey Whiskey, 1 part cranberry juice, 1 part orange juice, spritz of tonic water. Combine whiskey and juices, with 2 parts ice, in a blender and blend. Add more juices if it is too strong (I thought it was). Pour into glasses and top with tonic water.
For the humus, Tonya used this basic recipe as one version and then for the roasted red pepper version, she cooked halved red bell peppers at 400 for about 25 minutes, took off the skin, and pureed it in with the hummus. For the chipotle version, she used a few chipotle peppers and sauce from a can and some cilantro and pureed that into the basic hummus. All three were delicious and different. Very creative, Tonya!
The side dish was prepared by Angelica and was a flavorful bulgur tabbouleh with feta cheese. It was a perfect accompaniment to the main dish of Spicy Chicken Shawarma.
The other day, my boss was talking about the best shawarma he has ever eaten and I had never heard of such a thing. As a kind-of-a foodie, I did some research and thought this would be a great meal to share with the cooking group.
The chicken looked beautiful with the red pepper and green parsley flakes and the thin strips cooked quickly. The pitas were spread with the garlic yogurt sauce, filled with chicken and topped with tomatoes, red onions and tomatoes. Pita bread has 6 grams of protein, which was news to me. Later in the week I spread a pita with homemade guacamole and added some of the chicken and it was delicious!
We finished our meal with a Middle Eastern bread pudding made by the bread pudding queen, Mary! It was creamy and topped with crushed pistachios. The real name is aish el saraya and it has rose water in it that Mary found at World Market.
Below is a cooking group selfie with a chair leg that decided to chose the moment Tonya was sitting in it to declare it was rotted and needed to split in two.