She, in four hours after work, whipped up a scrumptious meal for her friends:
Aunty K’s Lentils with Eggplant in rib-rimmén (fry onions, add lentils and boil with cumin & salt until semi soft, then add cubes of roasted egglant, pomegranate molasses, and some chopped parsley towards the end);
Simach w Marag (a Kuwaiti specialty: finely chopped tomatoes, loumi (dried lime), dill, garlic, coriander (fresh & ground), salt & pepper and cooked on low fire, served with fish- simach bil Kwaité). Mme Mrad likes to cook the fish in the oven and serve separately – though the Kuwaitis actually will throw a couple of small whole fish in there and cook in the sauce – your call);
Roasted Chicken Breasts with Lemony Bombay Potatoes – a recipe by Jamie Oliver and a touch by Mme Mrad who increased the amounts in the recipe, added garlic, and roasted the potatoes with rosemary, garlic & onions before adding to the chicken.
Mme Mrad served two of her favorite whites that evening: we started with the 2008 Métis Sauvignon Blanc from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand – a deep straw color this wine has a strong fruitiness which complimented the food variety; and later the Marchesi di Barolo’s Gavi 2009, from Piedmont, Italy this light green lime colored wine was the purrfectly light smooth finish to the meal. You can find them both at Vintage in Saifi Village.
Piano Mama got Lemon & Toot (blackberry) Sorbet which Mme Mrad served with chopped up green apple & peach. We spruced dessert up with a bottle of Taittinger Brut Réserve, merci M: a light yellow, this refreshing bubbly was fruity with a jasmine/gardenia nose.
Yaani, shoo hal sahra el hélwé! ‘eedooa, eh?