My Moroccan Birthday Party

Something that I had always wanted, was a Moroccan party. I first partook in Moroccan food, when I was a young girl, in San Francisco. The beautiful atmosphere, with billowing fabric, flowing from the ceiling, the darkened rooms. Warmly colored rugs, and low to the ground seating, all appealed to my senses. The delicious foods, flavored with exotic spices and fragrance, were always a treat! I decided several years ago, to create my own outdoor Moroccan dinner. The occasion was my birthday. I purchased inexpensive see through fabric, from JoAnn's Fabric store, and draped it underneath our pergola. I found beautiful Moroccan lanterns and candle holders, at World Market, and I chose a vibrant color palette of hot pink and bright blue. I did simple floral arrangements, and served a beautiful Moroccan feast. My husband and twin boys served my guests. The meal began with Moroccan lentil soup, followed by a trio of salads. Cooked carrots with cumin, smoky eggplant spread, and crisp cucumbers. We scooped up the salads, with triangles of licorice flavored bread. My favorite course came next. It is called Bastilla. A puffed pastry, filled with ground chicken, nuts, cinnamon, and powdered sugar. This was followed by a tagine of chicken with olives, and couscous. We ended the meal with hot mint tea and my favorite dessert, warm chocolate souffles. Creating parties like this, is actually quite simple. I will begin to teach you, in January.

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