February always seems to end so abruptly … and THEN
it’s my b-day!
Tried Ethiopian food and it was definitely an experience. The plate that the waiter brought out was huge… I felt like it took up 2/3 of the table. Half of the plate was a vegetable sampler, and the other half beef, with one fish sample, and lettuce/queso in the middle. Nine heaps of steaming spicy (<—-no need for me to add anything) goodness. The fun part was eating with your hands (which I enjoy anyways) and ripping the starch (a thicker airy crepe like substance) and scooping up chunks of beef in berbere sauce! It did not take long before I was feeling stuffed although we’d hardly made a dent in the food. Before boxing up the rest, he asked if we wanted to take it home (duh- enthusiastic YES) and told me to look up fir fir. The basic idea that I got was taking all of the contents of the leftovers mixing and reheating it (in a nonstick pan). Genius! After returning with the chocolate cake, our awesome waiter made a joke about getting the staff to sing to me. As soon as I was relieved that was not going to happen
HAH. And the restaurant joined in. Thanks Mister. Wonderful experience made worth it with great service. Next time I’ve got to try the Honey Wine.. they had sold out the previous night, and I had decided to try some on a whim, being denied just made me want it that much more!
The last pic is of the fir fir I made today, just as instructed. It tasted amazing and not at all like something from the previous night that had been refrigerated. I added my own veggies and crushed thai chili pepper for even more heat– was definitely satisfying.