I may never eat again.
What a divine confluence of elements at Wallace House tonight — a fine seminar by history professor and Middle East expert Juan Cole, two presentations by Fellows with Mideast roots, followed by a dinner to end all dinners, presented by our Turkish Fellow and his wife, and our Palestinian Fellow.
Since I’m prohibited by the rules from discussing the lectures — if you hit Prof. Cole’s site, you can get the gist of this hugely well-informed and widely read source — let’s just cut straight to the menu, shall we?
Eggplant salad, jajik (a runny yogurt-cucumber thing), hummus, potato salad, green salad, Turkish boerek (a phyllo-cheese thing), stewed lamb, rice with the pine nut thing going on, and your Turkish grandma’s rice pudding for dessert. Lots of wine.
I’m here to tell you, it was an iftar (the fast-breaking meal of Ramadan) worthy of a sultan. We should all sit down at the table of brotherhood more often, I tell you.