July Book Club

by spiceaholic on July 29, 2009

As you all know by now, our monthly book club get-togethers are just a thinly veiled excuse to eat!

This month we all read The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. I highly recommend it! Not to give too much away, but it takes place primarily in North Africa, which is often culinarily lumped together with the Middle East . So we decided to have a North African/Middle-Eastern themed potluck.

Our lovely hostess did the amazing chicken/veggie kababs, as well as provided pita chips with hummus and baba ghanoush. I did couscous, and our friends brought mango key lime pie, the ingredients for fruit salad, and sfouf, which is a Lebanese cake.

All ready to eat! Except the sfouf, which was baking away.

Chicken and vegetable kababs

Couscous with herbs and spices — olive oil, parsley, mint, turmeric, paprika, cumin, za’atar, and some other stuff I don’t remember. Sorry for the crappy blurry picture, I must have been excited about the food!

The BEST fruit salad — raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, nectarines, and plums, all mixed with honey, lime juice, fresh mint, and cinnamon.

Mango-Key Lime Pie — soo good!

Sfouf – semolina turmeric cake. Fun to say, fun to eat!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

itsawrapteacher July 29, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Loved The Alchemist! I would so join your book club 🙂

Spiceaholic July 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm

You would most definitely be welcome! We're reading The Time Traveler's Wife for next month so we can watch the movie when it comes out.

Ericka Whitaker November 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

Please, please, please email the recipe for the mango key lime pie pictured above. It looks AWESOME!

Thank you,

Thecookingprofessor November 14, 2012 at 11:40 am

Please post the recipe for the mango key lime pie. Thank!

spiceaholic December 9, 2012 at 10:02 am

We bought this one at our local Publix, but I’m putting this on my list of blog projects!

spiceaholic December 9, 2012 at 10:03 am

Hi! We bought this particular key lime pie, but it’s going on my list of blog projects!

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