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Flying Carpets and Foreign Food

April 7, 2011

The entrance to the Gray Room served as a gateway to the Middle East last Saturday, as the Intercultural Relations Committee hosted a night of cultural and culinary explorations. This year’s International Dinner, entitled Arabian Nights, featured foods and cultures of the Middle East.

White candles and ornately-wrapped scrolls adorned the tables, surrounded by red and gray confetti camels. Sharply dressed servers brought around pitchers of ice water and raspberry iced tea, giving the event a slightly more formal tone despite the laid-back manner of the guests. The buffet-style offerings were plentiful; it was quite a welcome break from the sometimes-monotonous Saturday night meals on campus.

The menu centered on a chicken dish and a beef dish, both of which had delicious but distinctive flavors. Tahini sauce, made from a sesame seed paste, complemented the seasoned chicken chunks, called Chicken Shawarma; the same sauce also nicely accompanied the slices of beef, called Lebanese Donair. Side dishes included cold Lebanese-style tabouli: made with bulgur wheat, parsley, tomato, onions and a marinade of lemon juice and olive oil, served alongside tahini spinach, a delightful take on the common leafy greens.


Photo courtesy Leah Girard

During the meal, students put on a Middle Eastern fashion show, modeling styles from the modern robes and head coverings to the surprisingly nice Arabic equivalent of clothes for a lazy day (think American sweatpants if they were more like dresses and not pants.)

Warm meals and warm conversation helped to shed light on Middle Eastern culture without ever having to have experienced a cross-cultural event. In fact, one could say that behind the ominous wall of the Gray Room in the cafeteria, the Intercultural Relations Committee was tearing down cultural boundaries.


Go here to read the full Asbury Collegian article by Courtney LeMay


En Masse Made Easy

April 4, 2011

Situation: you have to prepare for a big party and you don’t have an excess of time or money.

Solution: make something easy, fast and delicious.

Yes, this is real life, and it’s called Buckeyes.

Start with 12 oz. peanut butter, 10.5 oz. melted butter and one pound confectioners sugar. Mix this well and roll the mixture into little spheres of peanut goodness.

Pop these in the freezer to chill for a little bit, and then melt about 12 oz. of the chocolate of your choice.

Dip the peanut goodness in the melted chocolate.

And then chill!

These are so easy that you might even have fun making them.

Meet Carl. Carl is an edible friend.

Bon appétit!

Sweet Spice

April 1, 2011

Good condiments are hard to come by. Especially if you eat in a cafeteria where the ketchup is watery and the mayonnaise is like over-gelled pudding.

But there are options!

The next time you eat fries, put some mustard in a small bowl.

Add some honey.


And stir it up. It’s better than pre-made honey mustard, and it tastes great with hot fries or chicken tenders.