Mister and I hardly stay apart from each other for long periods of time. He means the world to me and I know that he feels the same about me. It has been hard having him gone for long periods of time now. And especially when I do need him the most at the moment, it is even harder. It is good that @mamajeroxie is here with me at the moment. However, it means that I lack a lot of time alone to make decisions and think about my next steps.
You know how when your partner is with you, there is always time to do stuff. Or rather stuff can wait. There is always another day. But with Mister heading away soon, time seems to be running out with all the things that needs to be done and to be together a little longer. Rumi has been on my list for the longest time ever and it seemed to be the perfect time to visit. It is rather close to where we live and apparently according to many bloggers, well worth the trek.
We were quite fortunate to have a corner table without any booking at this Middle Eastern restaurant. The setting is dark and I thought to myself “Bummer, it is going to be shit photos!” But it was Mister’s iPad to the rescue. Oh… what am I to do without him now? See how much better and clearer the photo of this beautiful Bastourma is. This is house cured meat and it was really good. Thin slices of waxy dry cured meat that is drizzled with nice olive oil. I can’t tell what sort of spices it had but it went really well with fresh unleavened bread. I just wrapped it around a strip of Lebanese bread and yum!
Mister and I both love the Sigara Boregi which is a cigar shaped pastry filled with haloumi, feta and kasseri. This was fantastic. Just imagine thin crispy filo pastry that is filled with cheesy flavours that just melt with every crunch and bite.
If there is lamb brains on the menu, it is very likely that it will appear as part of our dinner. The lamb brains were fabulously creamy, the way I like it. I love the crunch of the almonds and the texture that it gave to the dish. And the addition of mashed up green olives were interesting. I am not sure if I like it or not?
We were recommended the spiced lamb shoulder. It is slow roasted on the bone with Sirkanjabin. Sirkanjabin is actually a drink but they have used it as a sauce for the meat. This drink or sauce is sweet, sourish and minty. The lamb arrived as blackened blocks of meat. I could taste spices like ginger, cinnamon and cloves but I am sure that it is a in house spice mix that had been used. The meat was very tender and worked well with the Sirkanjabin. Even though the meat was tender, I thought it was a tad dry? Mister shared my sentiments.
I also ordered the Freekeh salad with almonds, ewes milk feta and pomegranate dressing. Mister and I really do not like this dish. It is most likely the super tang from the pomegranate dressing. The dish did not feel balance and it was just a struggle to even have half of it. It looked promising but did not deliver for us.
I had to leave room for dessert to complete this whole meal. Mister ordered the Ma’mool arabic shortbread filled with dates, rosewater and coffee. It is very dense. Not too sweet but there was no sign of rosewater flavour. I think I am going to make some Ma’mool to understand this sweet. It was not to our liking unfortunately and most probably, we did not understand or know how to enjoy it. Mister said it was too dry and it was just dates…. nothing special.
No sweet ending? The almond milk pudding with sour cherries and rose jam to the rescue. It did not feel too rich but just perfect. There was a slight hint of aromatic rose from the jam. The sour cherries gave this dish a feeling of ‘lightness’ and the milk pudding was just super smooth and so easy to consume. Mister and I were almost fighting for the last mouthful. Very delightful.
It was not the perfect meal but we spent time together. It has been a couple of weeks and I still have no answer. I wish I had a magic wand that will make everything right. I wish I had a magic wand that will blow away the dark clouds that sit above me.