That was a meal of many firsts: my first braised dish, my first time meeting my future grandmother-in-law, and for Baba Julka, it was her first encounter with someone who doesn't eat chicken skin (I did try to that time!). My husband doesn't remember much about that lunch but he does remember Baba's reaction to that! Everyone remembers it, or variations of the story that came later that I'll never live down ;)!!!
As a side, I made Charred Okra with Tomato, Garlic and Preserved Lemon from the same book. The quick cooking method adds a wonderful smoky flavour to the vegetable and avoids the sliminess of some preparations. I didn't have preserved lemon this time but the tomatoes and lemon juice alone were enough to add zing to the dish.
Since Yotam Ottolenghi is a former I Heart Cooking Clubs featured chef, and this week's theme is potluck where we're allowed to cook with them, I'm linking this post to IHCC. Visit here to see what everyone else has made.