March 20th marks the first day of spring. For my family and I, this date also marks Nowruz (Persian New Year), a holiday which I have celebrated for my entire life. Many seem to think that Nowruz is a religious holiday; it is not. It is celebrated by people of various backgrounds and faiths, all around the world.
This year my family and I decided to open up our home to some of my best girlfriends and a few family friends. My parents and I spent the weeks prior organizing and cleaning our homes, perfecting our menu, and making a special trip to Super Irvine and Asal Pastry to pick up everything we needed to make this night possible.
It was a New Year's celebration I'll never forget. My parent's home smelling of sweet spices, the sound of laughter and great conversation, delicious eats and drinks, and so much love. Everyone was dressed beautifully and in such great spirits- it was pretty perfect.
Our celebration lasted until around midnight, giving us plenty of time for dessert and tea... and possibly another helping of dinner!
This year I assisted mom in the kitchen but I hope that next Nowruz I will be able to prepare such a delicious meal on my own. Practice makes perfect, so this year will be dedicated to perfecting some of my favorite Persian dishes!
On the menu:
Dad's Lavash Appetizer.
Yogurt with Shallots.
Persian Potato Salad (we have a secret family recipe).
Reshteh Polo (persian rice with noodles) with Chicken.
Cream Puffs and Persian Roulette Cake.
Assorted Sweet Treats.