Flipping a Pot of Stuffed Grape Leaves – The Chaotic Way
by Weam Namou
My brother-in-law arrived from Jordan a few days ago and we had a gathering for him last night. Although the gathering was nice, it was also quite chaotic. After all, it was an Arab/Middle Eastern family so we’re talking sisters and brothers and nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles and more aunts and uncles.
There were more people than my house can hold and it was too chilly to sit on the patio. My husband was passing out jackets to the men (after checking no money was in any of the pockets) but after staying outside for an hour or so, they walked back in and took up whatever little air was left inside.
The most fun part was when all the women tried to help in the kitchen. I was trying to get to the sink but when I saw the little crowd clustered there, I thought, better get the camera instead.
Turns out the fuss was over the huge and heavy pot of stuffed grape leaves, which my husband’s nephew successfully flipped over. The Iraqi version of stuffed grapes is different than other regions in the Middle East. The dish is called dolma and in it is included stuffed green peppers, cabbage, zucchini, eggplants, onions, or whatever else one’s heart contends. Some even stuff potatoes and carrots, if they’re large enough.
The good part is – at least I did not have a lazy group of people at my house, in which case I would have ended up staying up until 5am cleaning instead of when I actually slept at 1:30am.
OMG, all that wonderful food! And the dolma sounds like heaven! Loved reading this post. Well, at least all the people helped to heat up your house since it was so chilly outside!
The food was wonderful and we ended up with so much leftovers that I had yet another interesting gathering today. I will write a post about that tomorrow! Right now my I’m wiped out!
Oh my god that looks so good Weam ! That’s what we miss out here in Vegas all that good food plus all the family of course.Looks like a full house alright lol. Chaotic is right lol.
Very soon, lady, you will be re-experience all that – without the chaos, I hope!