Food From the Levant


Sorry I am writing this a bit late but I am currently swamped with work, research and few extra-curricular activities not running smoothly these days. Whinge over!


As I mentioned in my last post, Michael Hanson chef and owner of The Hearth Pizzeria and Bake House has kindly invited me to help run a charity event in aid of Syria. Michael wanted to serve food that represents the true flavours of The Levant. We wanted it to be a relaxed chilled evening with delicious authentic dishes, lovely wine and beautiful music. 




The menu


To start, we served six mezze dishes with a beautiful freshly baked flat bread:


Green Keshkeh


Mutabal


Baba Ghanouch


Tabbouleh


Chicken Livers with Pomegranate Molasses

Hummus with Sujuk


Ful Ma'ala (green Fava beans with garlic and coriander)


In addition I was hoping to serve a second hummus dish topped with Ful for vegetarians. However on the day it turned out we had Turkish tinned white beans instead. So, with a bit of improvisation, we ended up cooking the beans then crushing them with salt, cumin, Turkish sun-dried red peppers paste (Muhammara), garlic and lemon juice. It worked a treat!



For main, we served roast leg of lamb with Freekeh and roast vegetables with "Arabic" spin. The latter was cumin, lemon, garlic and chopped parsley. 

For desert, Michael have made beautiful ice creams with true Levantine flavours, pistachios and rose.




The Experience


This was my first experience cooking in a professional setting to 45 paying costumers. I will have to say, I loved every minute of it. Tiring and hot at times but very rewarding. 


The restaurant as I mentioned is pizzeria with a beautiful food fired oven. Although we had a small hob in the preparation area most of the cooking was done in the oven, an unusual method for cooking Freekeh, Ful and chicken livers. It worked well however.






7 comments:

Tammamo said...

Wow, what a great thing to work in a professional kitchen and to serve some of your own creations to so many people... it must have been amazing..

Doesn't it make you want to start your own?

Kano said...

@Tammamo

Absolutely mate. It was great fun.

I am thinking of starting a supper club. May be once a moth or so. I need a venue though. My flat is too small and too far out.

Watch this space

Unknown said...

Kano, I miss your blog! Come back and post again :(

It's great said...

Nice post!

Yasmeen al shami said...

How is you youngest brother (the one who used to live in Syria)?

Yasmeen al shami said...

How is you youngest brother (the one who used to live in Syria)?

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