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Was invited this week to a ladies lunch hosted by our new friend Marzi (just moved to Austin from Iran). I thought this was just a wonderful way to present beautiful fruit.

Was invited this week to a ladies lunch hosted by our new friend Marzi (just moved to Austin from Iran). I thought this was just a wonderful way to present beautiful fruit.

She taught me a new technique for getting crispy potatoes. (Will save that for another post.)

She taught me a new technique for getting crispy potatoes. (Will save that for another post.)

She made everything from scratch. Here's a summer salad with fresh tomato, onion, cucumber, diced onion and a side of  avocado. We said 'this is a feast.' She said this is the way lunch is done in Iran. Big lunch, smaller dinner.

She made everything from scratch. Here’s a summer salad with fresh tomato, onion, cucumber, diced onion and a side of avocado. We said ‘this is a feast.’ She said this is the way lunch is done in Iran. Big lunch, smaller dinner.

This was my favorite dish. Eggplant baked with her homemade sauce, topped with cheese. And yes, I needed a nap after lunch.

This was my favorite dish. Eggplant baked with her homemade sauce, topped with cheese. And yes, I needed a nap after lunch.