Dinner in the Desert

Although pious legend claims that the Desert Fathers and Mothers survived on dried bread and water, what they actually ate proves to be much more interesting, as modern research reveals.
desert dinner
I’m planning a dinner for friends interested in the Desert Tradition. This dinner menu is based only on ingredients known to have been accessible to and used by the Desert Fathers and Mothers. In some cases, the Desert species is not available and a substitute (same plant, different species) has been used.

Red lentil soul
Hummus (chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice)
Tabouleh (salad of cracked wheat, mint, parsley and other herbs)
Baba ghannouj (eggplant, olive oil and spices)
Foul mudammes (fava beans, onion, garlic, lemon juice and spices)
Tagine (onions, spice, broad beans, prunes, chick peas
Salad (lettuce, radish, cucumber, coriander, onion, celery, endive)
Boiled cabbage (with spices)
Kushari (rice, lentils, chickpeas, tomato, onions and spices)
Goat cheese
Sheep cheese
Olives, preserved lemon, pickled vegetables
Bread (pita bread and Eesh baladi)
Fruit salad (grapes, figs, watermelon, dates, pomegranate with sheep yoghurt and honey, sprinkled with rose water)


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