What do you do when you get a phonecall at 9:00pm from your husband saying that in 5 minutes he’s coming home and we are having visitors? Well I tell you this is what I did.
Freaked out, said a few expletives under my breath and then ran around like a chicken with it’s head chopped off, threw the folded washing from the couch into the passageway (not so folded now!), hid the piles of dishes under the sink (so they don’t get washed for me!) and then started cooking dinner. Yes you read that right. I started cooking dinner as it’s the hospitable thing to do when you have visitors drop around at 9pm in Jordan.
What do you serve for dinner at 9pm. I served what we refer to as “breakfast dinner”. Lots of little things that might also appear on a breakfast tray here in Jordan along with some other dishes and utilising some leftovers from lunch.
So I served fried cauliflower with lemon juice, hummus, labeneh (thick yohgurt) with olive oil, dukkah, chopped tomato and cucumber, rice, potato chips and kibbeh (which I had in the freezer). And of course lots of bread. What’s an Arabic meal without at least 2 carbs and even better when there’s the trifecta of potatoes, bread and rice!