Good food, good friends, some wine and lots of laughs.

IMG_1807 We had a couple of friends over for some wine, cheese and very random finger food. All the photos as well as the beautiful table layout are thanks to Ange de la Cruz. All I did was a little cooking for this one. 🙂 The food was great and all very simple to make. If you would like the recipe for anything just let me know. IMG_1788   I had not planned on such a random mix of Mediterranean and European food but everything turned out great, and all-in-all it was a really fun night. Almost everything was homemade but I did stop by one of my favorite go-to restaurants, Beni’s, for the Falafel, Hummus, and flat bread. I will actually do a post about them soon. One of my favorite things from the evening was something I don’t remember ever trying before and that was the Israeli Couscous or Pearl Couscous.

Raclette, Gruyere, Brie, and Goat cheese
Not sure if it’s pita or lafa, but the flat bread was perfect.
A homemade Tzatziki sauce.
Falafel with a hot chili sauce and Tahini sauce.
Lamb lollipops
Pearl Couscous

IMG_1800          IMG_1784 Good food, good friends, some wine and lots of laughs. Mission accomplished. IMG_1779  IMG_1777    IMG_1773 IMG_1772  IMG_1770

4 thoughts on “Good food, good friends, some wine and lots of laughs.”

  1. Hello Jonathan,
    I’m always so glad to see you’re eating well! Your posts make me want to wander off and just eat all the time. I’ve been eating a lot more vegetarian meals and lately and that couscous recipe would be much appreciated! The lamb one would also be nice for when I can get my hands on some good meat. I hope you’re having the time of your life with all of this food.



    1. The couscous recipe is super simple I used whole pearl couscous, but it could be used with almost any grain or even quinoa. Follow the cooking direction on the box or bag and after boiling drain the water and coat it generously in good olive oil so it won’t stick. I used garlic powder salt and pepper to taste. Stir in finely chopped red onion, the tiniest cherry tomatoes you can find, and some whole leaves of fresh Italian parsley.It’s really that simple. My advice is if the couscous comes with a flavor package don’t use it, trust me it doesn’t need it. I’ll give you my secret for lamb. Mrs. Dash original seasoning. I love making my own spice blends but Mrs. Dash is salt-free and it has so many herbs and spices it’s just an easy shortcut. The citrus and rosemary really complement lamb so just heavily coat the meat before cooking. Hope that makes things easy for you Ana and let me know how it turns out!


  2. I can taste the lamb lollipops! Incredibly mouth-whetting spread visually. And, of course, the Krispy Kreme donuts originated about an hour and a half from where I sit! Alas, the cholesterol in the lamb and the donuts make them off-limits for me …


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