Anyway, I'm planning an upcoming Moroccan Night and thought that would make a fun and interesting post. This all started when my uncle gave me a cookbook called "Casablanca Cuisine." He also gave me a card game called "Royalty," which I don't know how to play. So, I thought it might be nice to invite him to come to a Moroccan-themed dinner party, at which he teaches the guests to play Royalty! Sounds like a plan, right?
So, I'm currently looking around the house for Casablanca-style table setting stuff. I think I might be able to use a large old curtain I saved that had blocks of color - purple, fuschia, yellow - along with little tiny mirrors, for the table cover. I also have clear glass hurricanes, which I can fill with purple and gold candles, along with pistachios, to create a "look" for the center of the table.
As our background music, I think I'll purchase the soundtrack to "Casablanca."
And, here's our menu (from the cookbook):
- Apertifs: according to the cookbook, we should serve Anisette before dinner - an anise flavored liqueur served over ice, with just a bit of water added
- Appetizers: La Kemia, which consists of many little plates, containing things like pistachios, spicy sausages, a variety of olives, pickled green peppers, and garbanzos in cumin sauce
- Salad: Cucumbers and Mint (fresh from our garden)
- Main Course: Chicken with Olives, Cous Cous, and sauteed vegetables
- Dessert: Turkish Delight, Figs, and Mint Tea
In addition to us, our Guest List will include:
- My uncle (quite a character; over 6 feet tall, and with a white goatee; he was a hippie when I first knew him, and he now plays "Uncle Sam" in local parades, and holds Peace Vigils on Pittsfield's Park Square)
- Doris (My uncle's housemate; a former librarian for the New York City library, and quite a personality; she asks the most interesting and random questions)
- Ann (our neighbor from across the street; her dad was Norman Rockwell's studio assistant for so many years, and she is fun and full of so many great stories)
- Ruby (our neighbor from next door; her husband died suddenly last summer, and I think she'd enjoy the evening out.
- Syma (my good friend from Albany, who is always open to new ideas and new people)
So, that's the plan. Any suggestions from readers, to help make the night more memorable?