It’s not a great sign when a guy cancels just before your third date. But it’s a good thing I anticipated his possible flakiness and went grocery shopping today. I had designed a menu from a new cookbook I recently bought “Rose Water & Orange Blossoms” by Lebanese-American author Maureen Abood. In the end, spending my Friday night cooking quality food for myself is a preferred alternative to subpar dating exercises.
One of the best parts of life in Egypt is the abundance of wonderful, fresh ingredients. A lengthy pomegranate season is a delight. Readily available rose water, ground sumac, lebnah (yogurt cheese) and reasonably priced nuts make Middle Eastern cooking a delight.
- Roasted Eggplants with Pomegranate Molasses, homemade Lebnah and Pomegrante seeds
- Warmed potato salad with olive oil, lemon, scallions and mint
- Muhamarrah – a traditional Lebanese dish with roasted peppers and walnuts
- Imported Prosciutto – compliments of friends with Comissary access (the expat life!)
- Barley crackers