Every other week, we get together with our friends for couple’s dinner. This started more than 3 years ago when J&A invited us over for curry after they got back from their honeymoon in Thailand. We have continued ever since, each trading off hosting for the week. I love it.
What I especially love is planning the meal when it is our turn to host. Since returning from our trip around the world, I have tried to create menus inspired by the places we visited. I pull out the little trinkets and memories, scroll through the photos, and generally wish I was back in that far-off country.
The only thing I wish was different about couple’s dinner is the size of my table. It fits four comfortably. Six is tight. And, it would be fun to invite VIPs to join us.
Last week we hosted a Siwa Oasis themed meal for our friends.
Siwa Oasis is in Egypt. We visited in December 2009, with our dear friends Kathy-Ann and Max. To get to Siwa, we took an overnight bus from Cairo, travelling through the Egyptian Desert. Very flat. Very dry.
Then, you are in the oasis. Surrounded by date palms and water.
Both nights, Tommy ordered shish tawook for dinner. I ordered shakshuka the first night, and then shish tawook. It was so yummy. Probably because the chicken was fresh and well cared for.
The Menu, Siwa Oasis Couple’s Dinner
- Shish Tawook (grilled chicken kebabs, from here)
- Shakshuka (poached eggs in tomato-pepper goodness, from here)
- Couscous Salad (not very authentic to Siwa, but it seemed to fit)
- Pita Bread
- Pistachio Cardamom Cake (two versions, from The Moosewood Cookbook and here)