We went to pick up Bev from a slumber party at her best friend Zainab's house around noon today, and didn't leave until ten o'clock. While six squealing girls from age 5 to 11 played in the kiddie pool and watched The Wizard of Oz, we spent the entire day getting to know her parents, Majid and Diana. We talked about food so much that Majid, Zainab's father and as an enthusiastic cook as I am, decided to make a traditional Iraqi meal of ground lamb kebab cooked on swords on the grill (really!), freshly-made hummus and yoghurt dip (both made by Diana), toasted pita, Persian cucumbers, grilled tomatoes, and I know I'm forgetting something. It's midnight and I'm in a food coma as I type this.
I joked to Lou that we just made our first grown-up couple friends. Everyone else we know worth hanging out with are single folks. It was a really nice day, getting to know each other, and Diana joined up for my test kitchen crew. I couldn't believe that it was 10:00 p.m. when we left.
What a warm, relaxed family - so welcoming, and it was one of the best meals that I've ever had. Sorry, I don't have any photos.
Ess, bench, sei a mensch,