* truffle fries (w/sauteed garlic, fresh parsley and mint)--thank you, mandoline slicer!
* 'spinach' dip (using sauteed/braised collards w garlic)
* tortilla chips
The 'spinach dip' looked a bit weird, but it was tasty, and the leftovers made an incredible pasta sauce.
I sent my mom a package of less-common spices a while back. Here they are as a rainbow: kalonji onion (nigella), black mustard, sumac, aleppo chili flakes, fenugreek, turmeric, berberé, allspice, coriander, fennel seed, oregano, za’atar, caraway (not pictured: kala namak).