Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Time to Party.
I'm a strong proponent of the regular occurrence of party-throwing. It just makes people happier. And I love entertaining. Nothing makes me happier than a crowded house and the aftermath of a messy kitchen. To me, these are signs of living well. :)
Thankfully, God matched me up with a husband who tempers this desire of mine, which saves us time, from the likelihood of going into debt, and from the pressure to perform that I would then put on myself. Michael prefers small-scale celebrations.
And so, last Friday, I figured it was high-time for one.
Michael has been working SO HARD and accomplishing SO MANY THINGS (both professionally and academically), that I wanted to honor him with a special meal. So I texted him this appetizer: "Get ready for a special celebratory dinner this evening."
I invited my parents over, and at 7 PM we all feasted on a brand new recipe that I had converted from a rather complex process into a very easy one, which I lovingly call Toss-Everything-Into-the-Crock-Pot-And-See-What-Happens.
The aroma met my husband outside before he even walked in. And the result was indeed edible: a highly flavorful, very savory Lamb Tagine.
Here's the yummy ingredients. I don't think I've ever cooked with so many spices before! I skipped the saffron 'cuz one pinch of that costs a whopping $13.99. And the water and cornstarch would only be used if you wanted to thicken the gravy.
Was it spicy? Only a little bit so. My parents, who usually don't like things to be spicy at all, loved it.
After dinner, we broke out the boardgames, including one hand-made by Dad! Dad schooled us in Pig and craps, and we had an immensely fun time. We all stayed up way past our bedtimes!
Posted by Lisa at 3:13 PM