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Skewers - Middle Eastern Delights

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Saffron chicken skewers

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Saffron feta phyllo triangles

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Cardamom-poached apricots

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Garbanzo and chili pepper dip

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Yellow lentil soup

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Pan-fried halloumi salad

Pack your bags for the spice trail. Begin your journey in Iran, continue on through Turkey, stay a little while in Morocco, and linger in Spain. These countries’ cuisines have each been molded by a legacy of Persian cooking brilliance.

A traditional Middle Eastern meal is composed of a variety of smaller dishes, which is the classic style of mezze and tapas. These diminutive little bites, from garbanzo dips to savory pastries, offer your taste buds truly memorable eating experiences. Lemons, olives, coriander, saffron, rose water, dried apricots, and pistachios are the stars of this exemplary food. Aromatic spices, fresh herbs, flaky pastry, and creamy legumes are present in endless, delicious variations.

So, light every candle you own and fill your home with a sensual glow. For the table, seek out creamy-colored linens and lightweight fabrics, such as voile; gold-rimmed glassware and tea glasses; and scatter red rose petals over everything. Picture Arabian nights and recreate the soft, romantic atmosphere that makes the Middle East so special.


Colors

Creamy ivory

Warm tangerine

Rose pink

Gold or silver

Cool violet


Tableware

Tea lights and candles

Gold-rimmed glasses

Creamy-colored linens

Red rose petals

Embroidered napkins


Flavors

Pungent cumin

Sharp lemon

Luxurious saffron

Dried fruits

Fragrant rose water


Nibbles

Pistachios

Marinated black olives

Hummus with smoked paprika

Sumac-dusted shrimp

Crushed feta dip


Menu

Garbanzo and chili pepper dip with pita crisps

Saffron chicken skewers with sweet tomato jam

Saffron feta phyllo triangles with preserved lemon and onion

Pan-fried halloumi salad with black olive dressing

Yellow lentil soup with prunes, pomegranates, and apricots

Cardamom-poached apricots with mascarpone and pistachios


Buy and arrange

Marinated black olives

Oranges with rose water and pomegranate seeds

Crushed feta dip


Two days before

Make sweet tomato jam

Make yellow lentil soup

Marinate black olives


The night before

Make pita crisps for the garbanzo dip

Marinate saffron chicken

Assemble saffron feta phyllo triangles

Make cardamom-poached apricots


In the morning

Puree base of garbanzo dip

Cut oranges and make black-olive dressing for halloumi salad

Make oranges with rose water


One to two hours before

Finish garbanzo dip

Sear saffron chicken

Pan-fry halloumi for the salad

Plate cardamom-poached apricots

Reheat yellow lentil soup

Organize cocktail Ingredients


Half an hour before

Reheat sweet tomato jam

Cook saffron chicken skewers

Plate oranges with rose water

Bake saffron feta phyllo triangles


Half an hour before

Plate garbanzo dip with pita crisps

Plate saffron chicken skewers

Plate halloumi salad with black olive dressing

Plate saffron feta phyllo triangles

Pour yellow lentil soup

Pour champagne cocktails

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