Recipe from Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Ottolenghi and Tamimi
When's the last time you had dinner with a stranger?
An unexpected thing that this blog has brought into our lives is that we've met so many people not just online, but also in the flesh. Randomly, readers have said hi at the grocery store, at a Broadway play, even at Alcatraz (!). And we've met up with some readers who have come through D.C., like Valerie, who we'd traded emails with for years but just met in person for the first time when we had dinner earlier this year.
And then of course there's Margie, who won our blogiversary giveaway. We felt like we already knew her from corresponding via email, but then again, it's not like we'd ever laid eyes on her. And we definitely knew nothing about her dinner companions. But we didn't really think twice about it. We find that dinner with someone you hardly know can be just as fun as dinner with close friends.
And this dinner was great. We don't mean the food (though we thought it was very good -- thank you, Ottolenghi & Tamimi). Dinner was great because of meeting Margie and her gang, hearing about what she's cooking, their adventures in raising chickens, and comparing notes on recipes. It was easy and funny and a great night.
Every good dinner party needs a good ending. We found ours in these Semolina, Coconut & Marmalade Cakes from Jerusalem.