good food, good friends
I’ve never been much of a late night, party gal. Sure over the years I’ve had my fair share of late nights out, but more and more I’m quite content staying in, enjoying my comfortable apartment, and cooking a good meal. Even better if good friends are involved. And wine.
So my perfect evening? Having some of my closest friends in Beirut over for a dinner party with a meal planned almost entirely from Ottolenghi’s Plenty.
As if there needed to be an excuse for a dinner party, this one happened to have one. It is Jimmy and Madeleine’s last week in Lebanon before they make their big move to Seattle.
On the menu . . .
Sausage and Mushroom Polenta with Gruyere
(Sadly not pictured. Also from Plenty, but the sausage was my own addition.)
Roasted Date Salad from the blog Spoon Fork Bacon
And for dessert a chocolate bread pudding with Frangelico (ice cream on the side).
The evening was filled with laughs and memories of the adventures of the last year with M+J. There were even a few attempts at a group jump shot resulting in this (which Jimmy claims was successful since his feet made it off the ground):
Though Jimmy and Madeleine are the first to leave (this Wednesday!), sadly we’re all parting ways in a few short months. Jodi’s off to a new school in Buenos Aires, Wissam will stay behind in Lebanon, and even I’m off to the Chicago area. Parting is hard, but it’s the nature of life as an expat. Hopefully we’ll all meet up again stateside or in Argentina, perhaps.