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


Baba Ghanouch


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.


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...


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

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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)?

Lucy 3alosh said...

عند التواصل مع شركة لتنظف المنازل فى السعوديه يجب عليك كعميل ان تتأكد من عده عوامل يجب تتوافرها كالخدمة المطلوبه ومساحة المنزل المراد تنظيفه وهل توجد مناطق معينه يجب التركيز والعمل عليها بكثره داخل المنزل , ماهي نوعيه المواد المستخدمه فى العمليه , هل يتطلب الامر ان يتم نقل الاثاث الي خارج المنزل أم لا ؟ وهكذا.
شركات تنظيف بالرياض
أيضاً يجب الحصول علي رأي افراد الاسره او الاصدقاء , هذا لان تعيين شخص لتنظيف منزلك ليس امراً عليك القيام به على عجله من امرك وتذكر ان الاناس الذين توظفهم للدخول الى بيتك وتنظيفه قد لا يكونون جديرين بالثقه إذا كانت الشركه التي تعينهم لم تخضع الي فحص واجراء تراخيص اللازمه للقيام بثل هذه الاعمال. وسيكون من الافضل الاستماع الي أراء الاناس الذين استخدموا خدمات هذه الشركات من قبل وهذا قد يعطي تلميحاً عن اي نوع من الخدمه ستتوقع من تلك الشركه ويفضل الاستماع الي 3 اراء على الاقل لتصل الي قرار فى اختيار الشركه المناسبه.

بعض الحوادث قد تقع اثناء القيام بعمليه التنظيف وهذا نتيجه بعض الاخطاء التي ممكن حدوثها , لذلك لا تثق ولا تتعامل مع شركه تنظيف لا تملك تصاريح وتراخيص وتأمين كامل لجميع الاضرار , إختيار الشركه التي تتحمل مسؤليه جميع الحوادث والاخطاء لها الافضليه والاولويه , بالاضافه الي الاتصال والتأكيد على انه تم عمل فحص لجميع الافراد الذين سيتواجدون داخل منزلك والتحقق من بطاقات (إثبات الهويه).

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