In preparation for the party this weekend, I spent pretty much the whole day yesterday cooking, which was a lot of fun, if tiring.
I made vats of hummus and baba ghanouj, as well as some cheese filled pastries, a semolina-based dessert (think coconut and rosewater brownies) and most labor-intensive of all, some kibbeh.
In making the hummus, etc. I have rediscovered how much I love my Braun hand-blender. Love it. I could make a whole big bowl of hummus at once instead of slopping batches in and out of my food processor or blender. Goodness.
This was the first time I’d attempted kibbeh, and now I remember why. It’s very labor intensive. You have to puree ground lamb (I actually used beef, since Anne’s allergic to lamb) with bulgur and onions until you get a very doughy meat-porridge. Mmmmm. Thank the heavens for latex gloves. Then you make a separate filling of sauteed meat, onions, garlic, pine nuts, cinnamon and allspice. The “dough” gets filled and you end up with little football shaped packages that will get deep fried on site. I’ve had them in restaurants, and they are fabulous, so with any luck mine won’t suck.
It looks like there’s going to be some serious eating, drinking and being merry!