My design of the menu was directly related to several hopes I have for the evening. I wanted the food to reflect the culinary traditions around the table and be a starting point for memories, recollecting the old and creating the new. I wanted everyone to feel welcome and comfortable at the table. Finally, I wanted it to be scrumptious! Here is what I’ve learned so far from putting this together.
- When I started doing research on “Muslim food,” I found out that there isn’t really such a thing! Countries from Pakistan, Indonesia, and Morocco to Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh all share a Muslim majority. But their cuisines are very different from one another.
- I often do pescatarian dinners, to be accommodating toward my vegetarian friends. But somehow, in thinking it through, I discovered that there’s something about traditional Shabbat dishes that screams CHICKEN. It’s not just a Jewish thing. Meat-dominated festive-occasion feasting seems in vogue in many parts of the world, including the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and North Africa.
- I felt strongly enough about having meat at an Interfeast that I went to pains to purchase halal meat for the comfort of our Muslim friends. Fortunately, I learned that this isn’t too difficult to do, as the halal butcher Honest Chops delivers! (Of course, I will serve vegetarian options as well.)
Cucumber and Tomato Salad
Stuffed Grape Leaves
Moong Dal (lentils)
Chicken Sofrito with Potatoes
Ma'amul (date cookies)
Apple Semolina Cake
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