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  • Post #121 - September 25th, 2017, 10:50 am
    Post #121 - September 25th, 2017, 10:50 am Post #121 - September 25th, 2017, 10:50 am
    HI,

    Typically the worst winter day is when the picnic save-the-date announcement goes out. It is to allow us an opportunity to dream of warmer days and pleasant gatherings.

    Ironically, our picnic was one of the hotter days of year. This is something I hope will not be a new tradition, because I loathe heat and humidity. Luckily, we have not yet tested our perseverance by having a rain day and showing up anyway.

    Thank you to those who brought liquids and ice, because very little was left at the end of the day. Every bit was needed to keep us going.

    I probably ate less this year than before, which I attribute to the heat.

    Very glad everyone was happy!

    Thank you!

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #122 - September 26th, 2017, 8:56 am
    Post #122 - September 26th, 2017, 8:56 am Post #122 - September 26th, 2017, 8:56 am
    boudreaulicious wrote:A few updates on team Souk:

    Unfortunately, a few folks had to drop out --please remove More is More, Less is More, Clematron and DocNik from the list.

    Also, while we don't want to give away our menu until the event, we did want to give an update on the types of items, so that folks will know how much deliciousness is coming their way:
    6 Meat items
    12 Vegetarian Items
    5 location baked bread items
    12 item condiment/topping bar
    3 desserts
    3-4 beverages

    See you there!!

    Is it possible, the full menu could now be revealed with who did what?

    Thank you!

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #123 - September 26th, 2017, 12:57 pm
    Post #123 - September 26th, 2017, 12:57 pm Post #123 - September 26th, 2017, 12:57 pm
    Spices, etc.:
    Za’atar, Berbere, Tumeric, Allepo pepper, Dried Fenugreek leaves, Nigella, Cardamom, Caraway, Bird’s Eye Chili (Chris)
    Sumac, Date syrup, Pom Molasses (Jen)

    Meat Items:
    Lamb or lamb/beef Shawarma (Matt)
    Lebanese-style grilled chicken (Brad) - gluten free
    Kefta (MH & MB)
    Lamb Borek (MH & MB)
    Lachmanjan (Chris)
    Has meat and gluten, no dairy
    Kibbah In a Tray (Joel)
    Lamb Pitas (BrendanR)

    Veg Items:
    Falafel (Brad) - vegan/gluten free
    Tabouli (Ava)
    Hummus Tehina (Brad) vegan/gluten free
    Tomato Kibbeh (MH & MB)
    Eggplant Dip (Chris)
    There will be a spicy version and a mild version, both contain yoghurt but no meat
    Grilled Eggplant with Fried Onion, Lemon & Feta (JenB)
    Roasted Cauliflower, Celery Leaf & Hazelnut Salad (JenB)
    Charred Zucchini & Tomato Salad (Mafghoussa) (JenB)
    Mejadra (Lentil, Rice & Onion) (JenB)
    Fattoush (MikeR)
    Farro (aka Pharoah-Let my people go) Salad w preserved lemon, grape tomato, & feta (Vegetarian) (Elaine)
    Babaganoush (vegan)--Maret
    Grilled Eggplant with Feta & Herbs (vegetarian) (Maret)



    veggies
    Condiment and Topping Bar (Mike R and Jen B)
    Shredded purple cabbage (JenB)
    Shredded Romaine w/mint (JenB)
    Persian cuke & cauliflower pickles (JenB)
    Torshi (JenB)
    Sweet & spicy pickles (Elaine)
    Yogurt with cucumber, mint and onion (JenB)
    Cilantro tahini sauce (JenB)
    Pipelchuma (Israeli red chili sauce)
    Zhug (Mike R)
    Preserved lemon tahini sauce (Mike R)
    Preserved lemon grapefruit chermoula (Mike R)
    Face punching hot sauce (Matt)
    Sumac red onions (Mike R)


    Breads:
    Flatbread (Chris, Harper)
    Felaveri (Chili Bread) (Chris, Harper)
    Za’atar Bread (Adam)
    Pita (Adam)

    Desserts:
    Aish El Saraya (Lebanese Milk & Bread Pudding (Teresa)
    Baklava (Sue)
    Pistachio-Rose Turkish Delight (Brad) - vegan/gluten free
    Assorted baklava and sesame cookies (Maret)

    Drinks:
    Iced Mint Tea w spiced sugar syrup (light caffeine) (Elaine)
    Pomegranate Jello shots (w sugar & Coconut Rum) (Elaine)
    Lemon Drop Jello Shots (sugar-free w Vodka) preserved lemon courtesy MBH (Elaine)
    Keg of sour beer (matt)
    Case of H2O (Jen)
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #124 - September 26th, 2017, 1:25 pm
    Post #124 - September 26th, 2017, 1:25 pm Post #124 - September 26th, 2017, 1:25 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:
    Spices, etc.:
    Za’atar, Berbere, Tumeric, Allepo pepper, Dried Fenugreek leaves, Nigella, Cardamom, Caraway, Bird’s Eye Chili (Chris)
    Sumac, Date syrup, Pom Molasses (Jen)

    Meat Items:
    Lamb or lamb/beef Shawarma (Matt)
    Lebanese-style grilled chicken (Brad) - gluten free
    Kefta (MH & MB)
    Lamb Borek (MH & MB)
    Lachmanjan (Chris)
    Has meat and gluten, no dairy
    Kibbah In a Tray (Joel)
    Lamb Pitas (BrendanR)

    Veg Items:
    Falafel (Brad) - vegan/gluten free
    Tabouli (Ava)
    Hummus Tehina (Brad) vegan/gluten free
    Tomato Kibbeh (MH & MB)
    Eggplant Dip (Chris)
    There will be a spicy version and a mild version, both contain yoghurt but no meat
    Grilled Eggplant with Fried Onion, Lemon & Feta (JenB)
    Roasted Cauliflower, Celery Leaf & Hazelnut Salad (JenB)
    Charred Zucchini & Tomato Salad (Mafghoussa) (JenB)
    Mejadra (Lentil, Rice & Onion) (JenB)
    Fattoush (MikeR)
    Farro (aka Pharoah-Let my people go) Salad w preserved lemon, grape tomato, & feta (Vegetarian) (Elaine)
    Babaganoush (vegan)--Maret
    Grilled Eggplant with Feta & Herbs (vegetarian) (Maret)



    veggies
    Condiment and Topping Bar (Mike R and Jen B)
    Shredded purple cabbage (JenB)
    Shredded Romaine w/mint (JenB)
    Persian cuke & cauliflower pickles (JenB)
    Torshi (JenB)
    Sweet & spicy pickles (Elaine)
    Yogurt with cucumber, mint and onion (JenB)
    Cilantro tahini sauce (JenB)
    Pipelchuma (Israeli red chili sauce)
    Zhug (Mike R)
    Preserved lemon tahini sauce (Mike R)
    Preserved lemon grapefruit chermoula (Mike R)
    Face punching hot sauce (Matt)
    Sumac red onions (Mike R)


    Breads:
    Flatbread (Chris, Harper)
    Felaveri (Chili Bread) (Chris, Harper)
    Za’atar Bread (Adam)
    Pita (Adam)

    Desserts:
    Aish El Saraya (Lebanese Milk & Bread Pudding (Teresa)
    Baklava (Sue)
    Pistachio-Rose Turkish Delight (Brad) - vegan/gluten free
    Assorted baklava and sesame cookies (Maret)

    Drinks:
    Iced Mint Tea w spiced sugar syrup (light caffeine) (Elaine)
    Pomegranate Jello shots (w sugar & Coconut Rum) (Elaine)
    Lemon Drop Jello Shots (sugar-free w Vodka) preserved lemon courtesy MBH (Elaine)
    Keg of sour beer (matt)
    Case of H2O (Jen)


    And my spur of the moment Lemonade for 100 from JOC with orange blossom water.

    I didn't announce it so it never made the list.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #125 - September 26th, 2017, 2:28 pm
    Post #125 - September 26th, 2017, 2:28 pm Post #125 - September 26th, 2017, 2:28 pm
    I'll edit this--I think there are some items that didn't make it and I can put screen names with the dishes. I'm a bit under the weather so it will have to wait til tomorrow at the earliest. Thx.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #126 - September 26th, 2017, 2:58 pm
    Post #126 - September 26th, 2017, 2:58 pm Post #126 - September 26th, 2017, 2:58 pm
    Thanks to everyone for their tremendous effort on (and in advance of) Sunday. Given the conditions, it was beyond laudable. I was so hot, I pretty much lost my desire to eat :shock:, so I can only imagine was it must have been like setting up, cooking over fire and breaking down stations in the blazing afternoon sun. I nibbled but never really went into berserker mode, as I hoped to -- and have in years past. In fact, even my ambitions for a day of imbibing fizzled, though I did manage to down 5 bottles of water. In the end, just sitting in the shade was challenging. Still, it was great to see everyone and do some catching up. We've been lucky with so many consecutive rain-free editions, but in this case, things went just a bit too far in the other direction!

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French
  • Post #127 - September 26th, 2017, 5:33 pm
    Post #127 - September 26th, 2017, 5:33 pm Post #127 - September 26th, 2017, 5:33 pm
    mbh wrote:There was a ravinia table in an off white canvas bag left, if it's yours pm me and I'll figure out how to get it to you.

    irisarbor wrote:...

    The Ravinia table was mine, but I don't need it back,
    we have a new one, keep it or pass it on to someone who wants it.
    it's a bit wonky- someone who's good with things could easily make it better-
    I'm almost positive all the parts are there.

    ...

    I would love to take ownership of said table. Ours went missing earlier this year and haven't replaced it. I am handy and am willing to take on the challenge of 'Wonky'. :)
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #128 - September 27th, 2017, 10:15 am
    Post #128 - September 27th, 2017, 10:15 am Post #128 - September 27th, 2017, 10:15 am
    If you know me then you already know what it means for me to say even I found it hot!

    It appears we were not imagining it but we got to bear witness to a historic heat wave!

    https://www.google.com/amp/chicago.sunt ... esday/amp/

    Given the odd nature of this weather I suspect we will not experience it again for an LTH Picnic.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #129 - September 30th, 2017, 12:41 pm
    Post #129 - September 30th, 2017, 12:41 pm Post #129 - September 30th, 2017, 12:41 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:
    Spices, etc.:
    Za’atar, Berbere, Tumeric, Allepo pepper, Dried Fenugreek leaves, Nigella, Cardamom, Caraway, Bird’s Eye Chili (Chris) - Attrill
    Sumac, Date syrup, Pom Molasses (Jen) - boudreaulicious

    Meat Items:
    Lamb or lamb/beef Shawarma (Matt) - laikom
    Lebanese-style grilled chicken (Brad) - BR
    Kefta (MH & MB) - petite_gourmande & MBH
    Lamb Borek (MH & MB) - petite_gourmande & MBH
    Lachmanjan (Chris) - Attrill
    Kibbah In a Tray (Joel) - JoelF
    Lamb Pitas (BrendanR)

    Veg Items:
    Falafel (Brad) - BR
    Tabouli (Ava) - pairs4life
    Hummus Tehina (Brad) - BR
    Tomato Kibbeh (MH & MB) petite_gourmande & MBH
    Eggplant Dip (Chris) - Attrill
    Grilled Eggplant with Fried Onion, Lemon & Feta (JenB) - boudreaulicious Cauliflower, Celery Leaf & Hazelnut Salad (JenB) - boudreaulicious
    Charred Zucchini & Tomato Salad (Mafghoussa) (JenB) - boudreaulicious
    Mejadra (Lentil, Rice & Onion) (JenB) - boudreaulicious
    Fattoush (MikeR) - gastro gnome
    Farro (aka Pharoah-Let my people go) Salad w preserved lemon, grape tomato, & feta (Vegetarian) (Elaine) - irisarbor
    Babaganoush (vegan)- Maret - Maret
    Grilled Eggplant with Feta & Herbs (vegetarian) (Maret) - Maret


    veggies
    Condiment and Topping Bar (Mike R and Jen B) - gastro gnome & boudreaulicious
    Shredded purple cabbage (JenB) - boudreaulicious
    Shredded Romaine w/mint (JenB) - boudreaulicious
    Persian cuke & cauliflower pickles (JenB) - boudreaulicious
    Torshi (JenB) - boudreaulicious
    Sweet & spicy pickles (Elaine) - irisarbor
    Yogurt with cucumber, mint and onion (JenB) - boudreaulicious
    Cilantro tahini sauce (JenB) - boudreaulicious
    Pipelchuma (Israeli red chili sauce)
    Zhug (Mike R) - gastro gnome
    Preserved lemon tahini sauce (Mike R) - gastro gnome
    Preserved lemon grapefruit chermoula (Mike R) - gastro gnome
    Face punching hot sauce (Matt) - laikom
    Sumac red onions (Mike R) - gastro gnome


    Breads:
    Flatbread (Chris, Harper) - Attrill
    Felaveri (Chili Bread) (Chris, Harper)
    Za’atar Bread (Adam) - swingbossa
    Pita (Adam) - swingbossa

    Desserts:
    Aish El Saraya (Lebanese Milk & Bread Pudding (Teresa) - Teresa
    Tahini cookies? (Sue) - SueF
    Pistachio-Rose Turkish Delight (Brad) - BR
    Assorted baklava and sesame cookies (Maret) - Maret

    Drinks:
    Iced Mint Tea w spiced sugar syrup (light caffeine) (Elaine) - irisarbor
    Pomegranate Jello shots (w sugar & Coconut Rum) (Elaine) - irisarbor
    Lemon Drop Jello Shots (sugar-free w Vodka) preserved lemon courtesy MBH (Elaine) - irisarbor
    Keg of sour beer (matt) - laikom
    Case of H2O (Jen)



    I filled in the LTH names above . . . or I think I did. :)
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

    Twitter: brbinchicago
  • Post #130 - October 1st, 2017, 8:58 am
    Post #130 - October 1st, 2017, 8:58 am Post #130 - October 1st, 2017, 8:58 am
    Hi,

    If people can also post a few pictures, this will be very helpful for people's current enjoyment as well as dress up the announcement for next year.

    Thanks!

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #131 - October 2nd, 2017, 5:09 pm
    Post #131 - October 2nd, 2017, 5:09 pm Post #131 - October 2nd, 2017, 5:09 pm
    Cathy2, I'm usually good about taking photos, but it was so damn hot, I just didn't get many. Here are the usable ones I took, you're free to use them.

    Image

    Image

    Image

    Image

    Image
    For what we choose is what we are. He should not miss this second opportunity to re-create himself with food. Jim Crace "The Devil's Larder"
  • Post #132 - October 2nd, 2017, 7:30 pm
    Post #132 - October 2nd, 2017, 7:30 pm Post #132 - October 2nd, 2017, 7:30 pm
    Tried to edit this down to a more useable list:

    Souk!

    Meat Items:
    Lamb Shawarma - laikom
    Lebanese-style grilled chicken - BR
    Beef Kefta - petite_gourmande & MBH
    Lamb Borek ( - petite_gourmande & MBH
    Lachmanjan - Attrill
    Kibbah In a Tray - JoelF
    Lamb Pitas -BrendanR

    Veg Items:
    Falafel - BR
    Tabouli - pairs4life
    Hummus Tehina - BR
    Tomato Kibbeh - MBH
    Smoked, Spicy Eggplant Dip (the dark, reddish one) - Attrill
    Cauliflower, Celery Leaf & Hazelnut Salad - boudreaulicious
    Mejadra (Lentil, Rice & Onion) - boudreaulicious
    Fattoush - gastro gnome
    Farro (aka Pharoah-Let my people go) Salad w preserved lemon, grape tomato, & feta - irisarbor
    Babaganoush - Maret
    Grilled Eggplant with Feta & Herbs - Maret

    Condiment and Topping Bar
    Pickled purple cabbage - boudreaulicious
    Persian cuke & cauliflower pickles - boudreaulicious
    Torshi - boudreaulicious
    Cacik (Yogurt with cucumber, mint and onion) - boudreaulicious
    Cilantro tahini sauce - boudreaulicious
    Pipelchuma (Israeli red chili sauce)- boudreaulicious
    Zhug - gastro gnome
    Preserved lemon tahini sauce - gastro gnome
    Preserved lemon grapefruit chermoula - gastro gnome
    Face punching hot sauces (Spicy and XXX) - laikom
    Sumac red onions - gastro gnome

    Breads:
    Flatbread - Attrill & Harper
    Felaveri (Chili Bread)- Attrill & Harper
    Pita - swingbossa

    Desserts:
    Aish El Saraya (Lebanese Milk & Bread Pudding) - Teresa
    Tahini brownies - Wild Rice
    Pistachio-Rose Turkish Delight - BR
    Pistachio Tahini Shortbread - Suef
    Assorted baklava and sesame cookies - Maret

    Drinks:
    Iced Mint Tea w spiced sugar syrup (light caffeine) - irisarbor
    Pomegranate Jello shots (w sugar & Coconut Rum) - irisarbor
    Lemon Drop Jello Shots with preserved lemon courtesy MBH - irisarbor
    Keg of Pomegranate and Date Syrup sour beer - laikom
    Pineapple Lemonade with Orange Blossom Water-pairs4life
    Bloody Miriam (Arak, Cumin Tequila, Bloody Mary mix, Hot Sauce, Lemon Juice, Ras El Hanout, Olive Juice)-boudreaulicious

    I have more pics but no way to post them--sorry!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #133 - October 2nd, 2017, 9:03 pm
    Post #133 - October 2nd, 2017, 9:03 pm Post #133 - October 2nd, 2017, 9:03 pm
    boudreaulicious wrote:I have more pics but no way to post them--sorry!!

    If you email me a few of your favorites, or send me a link to where they're posted, I'll post them here.

    Thanks,

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French
  • Post #134 - October 3rd, 2017, 9:22 am
    Post #134 - October 3rd, 2017, 9:22 am Post #134 - October 3rd, 2017, 9:22 am
    Cathy2 wrote:
    boudreaulicious wrote:A few updates on team Souk:

    Unfortunately, a few folks had to drop out --please remove More is More, Less is More, Clematron and DocNik from the list.

    Also, while we don't want to give away our menu until the event, we did want to give an update on the types of items, so that folks will know how much deliciousness is coming their way:
    6 Meat items
    12 Vegetarian Items
    5 location baked bread items
    12 item condiment/topping bar
    3 desserts
    3-4 beverages

    See you there!!

    Is it possible, the full menu could now be revealed with who did what?

    Thank you!

    Regards,
    CAthy2

    I second that emotion CAthy2! The SOUK rocked the picnic. I was so smitten with the roasted cauliflower and hazelnut salad that I tracked down a copy of Ottolenghi's JERUSALEM cookbook at the Library and I just think I may have to add yet another cookbook to my collection.
    Thank you for your amazingly delicious spread. And yes, please do share the menu and the recipe sources if possible. Sign me a grateful picnic attender. Celia
    "A party without cake is really just a meeting" ~ Julia Child
    "There are only four great arts: music, painting, sculpture, and ornamental pastry." ~ Julia Child
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  • Post #135 - October 3rd, 2017, 9:35 am
    Post #135 - October 3rd, 2017, 9:35 am Post #135 - October 3rd, 2017, 9:35 am
    The full menu with who made what is 2 posts up—too many recipes for me to corral and post, but I’m sure if you want something off the list, just post it in the recipe thread and we’ll do our best to get a response out.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #136 - October 9th, 2017, 5:08 pm
    Post #136 - October 9th, 2017, 5:08 pm Post #136 - October 9th, 2017, 5:08 pm
    Justjoan's Raspberry and Rose Ispahan Sablés ended up on the Souk dessert table as well.
    Leek

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  • Post #137 - October 10th, 2017, 7:31 pm
    Post #137 - October 10th, 2017, 7:31 pm Post #137 - October 10th, 2017, 7:31 pm
    I had several more pics from the souk:

    Image
    MBH's tomato kibbeh



    Image
    My hummus tehina



    Image
    boudreaulicious' Persian cuke & cauliflower pickles



    Image
    part of gastro gnome & boudreaulicious' condiment & toppings bar



    Image
    JoelF's kibeh in the tray



    Image
    swingbossa making pita in the wood burning oven & laikom's shawarma in the background



    Image
    My Lebanese-spiced grilled chicken



    Image
    My pistachio-rosewater Turkish delight


    Sorry . . . that's all I have.
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

    Twitter: brbinchicago
  • Post #138 - October 10th, 2017, 8:18 pm
    Post #138 - October 10th, 2017, 8:18 pm Post #138 - October 10th, 2017, 8:18 pm
    BR wrote:I had several more pics from the souk:

    Awesome picture show . . .

    Sorry . . . that's all I have.

    Thanks, Brad. That's great. Though, those images really make me wish it hadn't been so hot that day and that I'd actually been more in the mood to eat.

    And again, if anyone else has images they'd like to share -- and you're unable post them here on your own -- please let me know and I'll make sure they get posted here.

    Thanks,

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French

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