Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Haaallppp!

I’ve signed up to bring the main dish to a potluck this Sunday, and I’m not sure what to bring. One person is bringing tabbouleh and Arabic cabbage rolls, which will be made with rice and ground beef. Others are bringing a salad, bread, and dessert.

What goes well with tabbouleh and cabbage rolls, people? Since the rolls have some meat in them, should I avoid a meat dish? The tabbouleh will be the starch, so pasta is out. I don’t think I would want to do a red meat, would I? I never do fish unless I know folks will like it, and I don’t know the food preferences of this crowd. I’m leaning toward something chicken, I think, but at this point I’ll take any and all suggestions … Haalllpppp! Puh-lease!!

8 comments:

Paz said...

I say chicken is a great idea and would go well with the tabbouleh and the cabbage rolls, even if there's meat in it. Or the diner has the choice of eating the cabbage rolls for meat alone or eating the chicken separately. I hope I'm making sense. Either way, whatever you make, I'm sure everyone will love it.

By the way, I've never considered tabbouleh a true starch dish because it depends on how much grain is included in the dish. I've had tabbouleh, which has more parsely than grain and vice versa... again, I hope I'm making a teeny bit of sense.

Ummm, not to make matters complicated... but what about those who don't eat meat/chicken. Are they left to fend for themselves and eat the salad and tabbouleh only? Just curious. Don't mean to sound like a pain.

Paz

PatL said...

Hey, Paz, thanks so much for dropping by and giving this some thought. I don't need to worry about vegetarianism with this crowd, and you're right, I have no clue how she makes her tabbouleh! But then, most of us could do with fewer carbs, so if there's none at dinner it will compensate for what I'm certain will be a fabulous Southern dessert, not to mention the bread, eh!

I'm giving some consideration to The Barefoot Contessa's Indonesian ginger chicken. To die for, and I think the flavor is pretty compatible with lots of other things ...

I was going to put a link to your blog on my sidebar, but recalled your comments about considering whether you should be cutting back on blogging time. So let me know if you'd like to have the (teeny bit of) extra advertising at this point in time!

Paz said...

I hear you on the carbs and veggie p.o.v. ;-)

Ina's Indonesian ginger chicken sounds GREAT!

About linking me, I feel very honored that you'd do so. It's definitely fine with me. Thank you!

Paz

mll said...

If there is a need for meat, I'd cheer you on with the chicken. If not, I don't see any beautiful vegetable delights in there like the very pretty confetti corn, or 3 bean salad, or...but now I see that you signed up for the main dish...so we're probably back to the chicken, although if it were me I would almost ALWAYS go for beef before I would chicken. For what's its worth......

PatL said...

Hey, mll, nice to hear from you! Yes, your midwestern roots are showing through ... time for a touchup? :o) Get it? Roots showing?

Like you said, I should stick to cooking.

mll said...

Errr...uhhh...yeah, probably should stick to cooking. :-) Yes, and what's the matter with midwestern roots????? Too familiar? Boring? My experience is that bringing one of my midwestern staples to the potluck table usually results in the delight and joy of both the former midwesterner and those oblivious to its cuisine. Some people label it nurturing--others say, I've never had this before...while others just smile as they shovel it in.....but, I so understand the delight of new and innovative, so why not try mini mahi=mahi tacos. Yes it is fish, but crunchy and delightfully enhanced with avacado, cilantro, lime....very cutting edge according to Bon Appetit.

PatL said...

My, my, my, a bit sensitive, aren't we? I was just commenting that Midwesterners like beef! Sheesh!

I think you're a fabulous cook! Honest!!

mll said...

Sheesh! is right!! You probably should be warned that the hormones are in a big fight and I become rather insane at times. But, it quickly passes and I'm my normal, loveable self once again. Still, Art carries a big stick......

Thanks for the compliment. I tried out the spicy peanut chicken on a young couple. It was a big hit!!