As often happens in our home, one of us turns to the other sometime early in the day and says, “What’s for dinner, we should take something out.” Several times in the past weeks, we’ve both suggested the obscure “something different.” This week I dug out a couple of old cookbooks for options.
One of my favorite memories was the lunch my daughter and I shared in the Medina in Fez, Morocco. We had lemon chicken with olives, carrots and some other delicious foods I ate without knowing their contents.
As I was flipping through some old recipes in search of something different, I came across a recipe for Moroccan chicken with preserved lemons and olives. I remembered seeking it out when I returned from my trip and making it. I also remembered it was delicious. This week I tracked down preserved lemons, completing my ingredients list.
A little slicing and mincing, some measuring and the menu was set for a simple, yet somehow exotic, evening meal. It was easier than I remembered. Starting out with cooking the onions down and getting the carrots steaming.
From there a little of this and a little of that, a cup of Jasmine rice and – VOILA! – dinner for two.
As we ate, Greg asked me about Morocco and, as we often do, we decided to add it to our bucket list. He’s never been and is fascinated by my photos and stories. I’m so grateful that he’s interested and I love the idea of sharing a memory with him by creating one of ours together.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Share a memory with a meal … and make plans.
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