Miss SB held a dinner last night as it was her penultimate night in London - she's off to Croatia today, then heads to Spain for a few days at the villa and then back to London before heading home to Australia.
So I offered to be her kitchen bitch for the day!
In the past, this role was performed by Miss J or Miss S, but these days it mostly happens in Spain since we're no longer a group of girls all living in London, congregating weekly for Desperate Housewives Night. But I thought it would be fun to assist Miss SB with her epic Moroccan Feast.
And we had a blast!
Comedy moments with the cold tap, the mystery ingredient in the dessert, the lack of scales or rolling pin (necessary for flatbreads) and two minor floods resulted in some great food. We cooked two enormous legs of lamb in a Moroccan yoghurt marinade, couscous with 7 vegetables (actually 6, because TURNIP has no place in any recipe), houmous, baba ganoush, aubergine and roasted peppers as well as the bread.
And the wine? We had a lovely Anakena viognier and some easy drinking Casa Mia Fiano. But the highlight was a pomegranate bellini, made with Cava, fresh pomegranate and find of the week, a pomegranate dessert wine. The Rimon Pomegranate Wine was probably not intended for such use - it is amazingly fruity with good acidity and would be splendid on its own with dessert or soft squidy cheese.
But mixed with the Cava was phenomenal. Brilliant for a hot day with Moroccan nibbles. And it is apparently stuffed to the gills with vitamins and antioxidants. Yummy and good for the wrinkles! Check it out now at Waitrose.