3azayim or dinner parties in our house always came with a large buffet of everything you've been craving for the past year 🤣 When my brothers and I were young, we loooved dinner parties, mainly because its only during dinner parties that we would eat till we exploded without anyone ever telling us to stop. We would dive in right with our parents guests. We watched as baba would place mountains upon mountains of food on the guests plates, we watched as they refused to have more once they've finished their first plate and how baba would insist: "laaa wallah you will have more"😂 After the juice or tea had been served with the mukassarat (mixed nuts), after the huge feast containing everything from hummus & mutabbal to freekeh, mahshi, kabseh, amongst many other things, only after all that came my favourite segment of the night: the desserts.
Mama would have treats prepared in advance, & my brothers and I would wait all day to have a slice or a piece. A tray of bassboussa, cakes of all sorts, jello or crème caramel for the kids, hilbeh & so on. The guests would be served their dessert along with a cup of turkish coffee soon after the "sugar or no sugar" coffee questions, they then would indulge in their last meal before heading back home.
As they got up to leave, all those desserts would still be laying on the coffee table. My parents would walk the guests out, chat to them about one last topic before they exited the door, and my brothers and I would always hope it'd be a long topic. We would take that time where no adult was watching us to grab and eat anything and everything on that table. A bite of this, a slice of this, a spoonful of that, we devoured everything we could as we heard "allah ysalmak, ma3 el salameh, ahlein" repeat. We knew when we heard baba repeat that to the guests, it was time to collect ourselves and sit back down like the polite kids we were 10 minutes ago🤣 Can anyone relate?
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