FIRST DINNER GUESTS OF 2012
A New Year and new hopes, dreams, ideas, invites and cooking adventures. To start of the New Year right, I invited my aunt Havva’s family along with my parents to host a traditional Turkish sit down dinner. Since my aunts father in law is visiting and he visits so rarely I took upon this opportunity to host a graceful dinner. In rare occasions like this, I love our Turkish hospitality. When great friends and/or immediate families are visiting we take the opportunity to invite them to our homes and show our respects. If anyone of you have visited Turkey, I am sure you have experienced this first hand. It is such a warm, humble and welcoming feeling. For me this dinner was a special one because Grandfather Haci Muzaffer, resembles my own late grandfather in more then one way. As he sat, chatted and played with daughter I thought about my own grandfather and how delighted I would have been to have him here with us.
Since it the New Year and we are all weight and health continuous, I opted to keep the menu light and yet still delicious. The above picture is Meat Dolma made by mom.
Middle Eastern aka Gray Squash – Stuffed with chopped meat, onions, pine nuts
Brussels sprouts with onions & carrots
Oven roasted, Yellow & Green Zucchinis and Oven roasted Eggplant
Not Pictured but served along with: