A slew of Californian CQistes came for diner tonight to help celebrate Billie Holiday's birthday. To the tunes of the permanent (now through April 15!) Billie Bday Broadcast on WKCR, the CQ editorial board assembled a meal fit for the all-but-cheese Veganese via the cuisine of our beloved Tunisia. Quite simple of course:
- Watercress n' chevre (goat cheese) salad
- Garbanzos set to chill with harissa and cumin, then added to a fresh chop of parsley, olives, red onion, lemon & the season's first decent cherry tomatoes
- Grilled asparagus
- Filled Tunisian flatbread (something like a round Calzone) stuffed with a leek n' swiss chard sautee,with mozzerella and Parmagiano cheeses, topped within by freshly roasted oyster mushrooms
Though of the the belief that Swiss Chard invariably needs a touch of pancetta, we refrained. Vegetarians were quite contented; didn't even mind a glass or two of wine: the 2001 Aalto from Ribera del Duero (couldn't wait) and a couple 1997 Valserrano Riojas.