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    Sephardi Kitchen
    Tue May 17, 2011 9:35 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    I wanted to share some good news with everyone-- as of last Thursday night, I'm engaged!!! My fiance (still sounds odd to call him that!) and I have been dating since September 2007, just a couple weeks after I began undergrad and he began his PhD program at the university we attend. I'm still trying to wait for it to all sink in.

    But of course, my mind had to wander off to the topic of cooking as it is apt to do several times a day icon_wink.gif He is Persian (Iranian) Jewish and I am of Sephardic (Turkish-Spanish) Jewish ancestry. I know a handful of celebratory dishes commonly prepared in both of our cultures, but I'd love to learn more! Does anyone here have any favorite Middle Eastern foods that are traditionally prepared for weddings and other celebrations?
    Cookgirl
    Sun May 22, 2011 10:18 pm
    Forum Host
    First of all-*congratulations*!

    Let me look through my recipes. I have a few rice dishes that may work...
    Cookgirl
    Sun May 22, 2011 10:28 pm
    Forum Host
    Mine:


    Javaher Polow (Persian Jeweled Rice)
    Mast-O Khiar (Persian Yogurt and Cucumber Dip)


    I made this one a not too long ago and I highly recommend it (amazing flavor and presentation!)

    Persian Rice With Barberries (Zereshk Polow)



    I don't know if this dessert is served for special occasions, but I served it for Mother's Day and it was a huge hit:


    Walnut Stuffed Dates

    Let me do some more investigating...
    Cookgirl
    Sun May 22, 2011 10:33 pm
    Forum Host
    By the way, I'd pay to attend that wedding and feast!

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    Sephardi Kitchen
    Sun May 22, 2011 10:40 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Thanks so much for the suggestions, CookGirl! I looove Shirin Polow. I'll also request fesenjan, which is one of my favorite Persian dishes! Maybe we could do the walnut-stuffed dates for a family gathering the next time I'm over there icon_smile.gif

    We'll most likely get a Persian caterer, but that isn't stopping me from looking up recipes anyway icon_biggrin.gif
    Cookgirl
    Sun May 22, 2011 10:42 pm
    Forum Host
    Oh, I *love* fesenjan! Isn't it traditionally made with duck? Or am I thinking of another recipe?

    There is a recipe I tried on this site...let me look...
    Cookgirl
    Sun May 22, 2011 10:44 pm
    Forum Host
    Be sure to look at the picture I took of the Barberry Rice recipe to see how pretty the presentation is!


    Persian Chicken or Duck in Pomegranate Walnut Sauce (Fesenjan)
    Sephardi Kitchen
    Sun May 22, 2011 10:45 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    I've read that it's traditionally made with whole pieces of duck, yes. But I've only had it with chicken cut into tiny pieces. It is stewed for a very long time in a sauce made out of chopped onions, finely ground walnuts and pomegranate paste. It has this AMAZING tart-sweet flavor. Soooo good!
    Cookgirl
    Sun May 22, 2011 10:48 pm
    Forum Host
    My husband likes duck however I find it much too rich.

    I've only made fesenjan with chicken, too.[/u]
    Cookgirl
    Sun May 22, 2011 10:54 pm
    Forum Host
    I think the Persians have perfected sweet/tart.
    Sephardi Kitchen
    Sun May 22, 2011 10:56 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    And I love zerezk polow too icon_smile.gif So many things to choose from!

    I have only attended one Persian wedding, and they used a kosher Persian caterer. It was buffet style and there was SOO much food! Here's what I remember:

    Kebabs: koobideh- made w/ ground meat, kebab e barg--made w/fillet mignon), joojeh (chicken) kebab.
    Rice Dishes: Shirin Polow, baqala polow, sabzi polow, chelow
    Khoresht (stews): ghormeh sabzi, fesenjan, forgot the others
    Shirazi Salad, tons of bread, and TONS of fruit.

    They also had a sushi station too haha. For about 100 guests, I don't even want to think about how much that must have cost them... I'm going to be a broke by the time I finish grad school, before we even get married!
    Cookgirl
    Sun May 22, 2011 11:00 pm
    Forum Host
    Cookgirl
    Sun May 22, 2011 11:02 pm
    Forum Host
    I have a few lovely simple fruit recipes that fit your bill and some reviews of similar ones.

    Let me look...

    I would have brought plastic containers to that wedding for leftovers! Ha!
    Cookgirl
    Sun May 22, 2011 11:06 pm
    Forum Host
    I like this recipe because you can sub whatever fruit is in season:

    Middle Eastern Inspired Fruit Platter

    This one is amazingly good and ridiculously easy!:

    Orange Blossom Yogurt Dressing With Fruit
    Cookgirl
    Sun May 22, 2011 11:08 pm
    Forum Host
    I posted this recipe last week and "Middle-Easternized" it:

    Belgian Endive, Orange and Date Salad
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