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Yep, it's the third time I've run that event and I still enjoy it - though I'm completely exhausted by the end of it.
For those of you who don't follow my cooking blog, the menu was:

- nuts, dried fruit, olives (as nibbles while people were waiting)
- hommous, cacik (similar to tzatziki) and a moroccan carrot dip and bread.
- Andalusian meatballs, Sikbaj (lamb cooked in vinegar), Marrakesh roast chicken
- Yam and carrot tagine, beetroot salad, carrot salad
- herbed rice, couscous with fruit and nuts
- stuffed dates, marinated oranges.

There was more than enough food (it's feast, there should be lots of food is my reasoning) and everybody seemed to enjoy it.

And the hall looked fabulous thanks to the efforts of the decoration crew. The pictures below were taken before the feast got underway, so not a lot of people yet.



and by candlelight:

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The weather was cold and wet, but the hall was warm and beautifully decorated thanks to those who came and helped with that while I was busy in the kitchen. Hopefully I'll have photos to post soonish. I didn't think to take my camera but there were other photographers there.

It all seemed to go well. I was exhausted by the end of the evening, but that was to be expected. I did a whole passle of cooking the day (and night) before so there was a reasonably doable amount of stuff to do on the night. Next time I think I need to organise it just a bit differently so that I get out to socialise a little more.

That said, I enjoyed the whole thing in its own way and, lets be honest, it's a good feeling when people say nice things about the food you've prepared. I'm not sure what the most popular dish was - just about everything got eaten (there were a few leftovers, but not much). This is nice in that there was little waste, but does leave me worried that there was perhaps too little food and that I overcompensated for my tendency to overcater. Still, I don't think anyone starved or felt the need to send out for pizza.

My kitchen help (Jane, Klet and Anish) were wonderful as were the washers uppers and the people who decorated and undecorated the hall.
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Last year I ran an SCA event based on Moorish and Middle Eastern theme - well, the food and decorations were. It was fun and people seemed to like it, so I'm running it again on 6th September. Hopefully the weather will be a little warmer than it was in August last year, but I'm not sure the way this winter has been going.

There's an entry about the last one here and it includes a picture of the decorated hall'

I've been having a fun time redacting various recipes. Yet another hobby! The people that I've used a guinea pigs for the recipes don't seem to have minded, however.

I think that most of my flist that are likely to be able to make it already know about it, but if you didn't and you want to come - let me know and I'll send details.
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View of hall after decoration
Originally uploaded by elissande
Well, it was quite a weekend!

For those who may not know (I just realised that I didn't blog it) I ran a feast this weekend. The theme was moorish (hence the event name was Alhambra Nights) and I had a lot of fun researching some of the recipes. Unfortunately, due to 'the kitchen that ate my brain' I wasn't able to do a full redaction more than a couple of them.

Over the weeks previously, I'd tried to work out a way of making a suburban scout hall look vaguely exotic and reminiscent of the Alhambra. Lots of things I thought of were totally impractical, but I think the final result - while perhaps more reminiscent of the middles east, at least gave some of the flavour. See picture with this entry. I only took a couple of photos as I was busy in the kitchen.

Although tables were provided, I was hoping that those who could would so the sitting on the floor thing - and they did! I was really pleased with the atmosphere in the place. A pity that the actual temperature was a bit on the chilly side. And people seemed to like the food, which was also gratifying. And I have to thank [livejournal.com profile] tatianitska and Jane and later Anice for their wonderful help in the kitchen.

And I got an award! The Golden Staple. It was a surprise - as people who saw my face at the time must have realised. And it is nice to get acknowledgment of things that you've done. I think it's one of the things the SCA does well.

So - all in all a good evening and a good weekend. Spent Sunday being lazy - after we'd tidied and cleaned.

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