Colors, Textiles, Spices and food!
Moroccan Images above from this blog ,
Images like these bring inspiration for a dinner party
the textiles, spices, glass ware
the jewel colors, the warm scent of spice
When I design or entertain, I am always pulling ideas from my surroundings, books, magazines and people I admire.
I have been making concept books for as long as I can remember. It is fun to look back in time at the books to see who and what inspired me at that time.
I am the person who always has my "wee book" (as my family calls it), along with my camera!
Here are a few examples from one of my books: These examples are from a dinner party I threw in 2000. I am thinking I need to have another party soon!
portrait photo above by me
others by Robert Sanchez, Band Photographer & guest at my dinner party!
jewel colored draped tent frame,
with hanging candle chandeliers with ribbons.
Photographed by Robert with a old Polaroid camera with the aperture open for 1 minute.
I made Moroccan Chicken with Couscous.
My recipe was similar to the one I found in Domino magazine,
except I didn't add the lemon and I used a Moroccan Spice Rub, see below
photo Domino Mag
Heat olive oil in heavy pan, cook chicken breast until golden brown 5 minutes, turn and cook other side . Add 1 rough chopped yellow onion and 2 -3 crushed garlic cloves, cooking about 1 minute. Add Moroccan Spice Rub, stir until chicken is coated and air is fragrant. Add about 5 cups water, roughly chopped cilantro & parsley & a pinch of crushed saffron. Simmer 30 minutes. Add about 3-4 cups pitted green olives cook additional 20 minutes until chicken is very tender.
Cook couscous as per package; when water boils add couscous, 1 cup of chopped pistachios, 1/2 cup raisons and 1/4 cup parsley. Cover, turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork and serve with chicken above.