So I did something I havent done in a long while- make a large shabbos meal for lots of friends.
This meal ended up being 12 people, so I went with cooking lots of a few main dishes and some plainer sides for picky people.
Morrocan Vegetable Tagine for 12- see below, only doubled or tripled most of the quantities
Defrost more chicken than you thought possible. For me, this meant 2 family-packs of leg/thighs (resulting in 10pcs total) and 1 pack of breasts (2 largeish ones which i later split into 4). Pound a bunch of cilantro with 2 cloves of garlic, salt, olive oil, pepper, and a spoon of harissa. Mix with a bit of water and some vinegar, spoon over all the chicken thighs. Season the chicken breasts with mustard and paprika for anti-cilantrites. Bake till it wont food-poison your guests.
Really easy, just boil up about 4 cups of water and add 4 cups of whole wheat couscous. Cover, remove from fire. When this turns out not to fill up your serving pan, make one more of pinenut-flavored couscous mix you have sitting around and mix it in with the plain stuff. Add more pine nuts (stroke of genius!!)
Slice up a bulb of fennel and a clove of garlic. Lemon, salt, oliveoil, pepper. thats it.
Roomie made cake and edamames. Esti brought salad, HB brought humus and eggplant salad and breads. His roomies brought wine and soda.
Overall, A Smashing success with many people crowded into half of a living room!