A year ago today I traveled to Iran for the first time. It was the realization of a dream I’d had for decades, and it changed my life, as I knew it would.
The trip still feels like a dream. Most of the Farsi words and expressions that I learned are fading from memory. And the deep, loving connections that I made with people, from the cousin who is like a long lost sister to the young woman guide who bought me a book of Sohrab Sepehri‘s poetry as a gift of friendship, don’t square with the impersonal reality of social interactions in New York. But I know the trip changed me.
As any Westerner who travels to Iran will tell you, the people of Iran couldn’t be more different than the scary, hostile radicals that are seen chanting Death to America in the movie Argo (don’t get me started on how silly that film is), or in most media depictions. [click to continue…]
This Thursday April 9 I’m cooking a dinner, A Persian Meal to Celebrate Spring. I’m doing it through Meal Sharing, a platform for people to experience homemade meals around the world at very affordable prices. The goal is to bring people together around food, rather than make a profit, so the ticket price for the meal on Thursday is only $30.
Come join us for the dinner, it’s happening at Pure House, a communal creative space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that supports innovative thinkers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Below is the menu. We look forward to seeing you! When you sign up for the dinner, enter code FIRSTMEAL to get $10 off.
A Persian Meal to Celebrate Spring, Thursday April 9, Pure House, Williamsburg
Gondi, Persian “matzo ball” soup
Sabzi khordan, fresh herb platter with radishes, feta cheese, and flatbread
Khoresh-e karafs, lamb and celery stew with parsley and mint
Zereshk polo, barberry rice
Mast-o musir, shallot yogurt
Torshi, mixed pickled vegetables with nigella seeds and angelica
Saffron frozen yogurt with crushed pistachios
Photo credit: Sara Remington