At Ingo’s leaving dinner last night, we realised we were yet to plan this week’s lunches… at all. So we put it to the room and it was quickly decided (based on how “quick and easy” it was) that Mohamad would teach us to make Mjadarah, a Syrian rice and lentil dish, served with fried […]Read more "Chapter Seventeen – “Mjadarah. Mjadarah?!!”"
Today, for the second time, we were relieved of our kitchen duties, this time by volunteer Doran and her friends who made a Korean feast for the visitors and residents. They were super prepared, arriving in the kitchen with everything presliced and whipping up six different dishes in hardly any time. Come 3pm, the table […]Read more "Chapter Sixteen – “Me, I’m a vegetarian too, but I don’t have a problem with meat. I eat pork.”"
Today we were extradited from the kitchen as Tom, a professional chef, trained in Paris, stepped in to take our place. We weren’t complaining as it meant we got to spend our morning off in Dentro Tou Kafe on Charilaou Trikoupi (shout out to Monocle’s Markus Hippi for the heads up). Although we went with […]Read more "Chapter Eight – “21 hot chocolates, please” "
Today it was Mohammed and Mohamad’s turn to step into the kitchen and teach us how to make Arabic Sabah doal, having both phoned their parents the night before to compare recipes. Mohammed is Mohamad’s flatmate, and they live together with another Mohammed. There used to be a fourth Mohammed (don’t worry, they all have nicknames […]Read more "Chapter Seven – “But what’s the seventh vegetable?” “Meat.”"
Aashat Eedich Tagine with zbip rice (served 25 with plenty of leftovers – we seriously overestimated and will be eating tagine for the rest of the week) For the tagine 10 onions cut into chunks 1kg dried chickpeas, soaked over-night 12 carrots cut into bite-sized chunks 1.5 cauliflowers 7 cloves of garlic, “smooth cut” 2 big […]Read more "Chapter Six – “Nice to meet you, kitchen!”"
Our First Juzmuz (served 20) 1 spoon (think small ladle) of oil Salt 9 onions “smooth cut” 3 red peppers (Yes really, only 3) 10 tins chopped tomatoes 9 eggs Another 8 eggs Pepper More salt “Smooth cut” (this is Google Translate’s way of saying “finely chop”) the onions and peppers Run downstairs to the […]Read more "Chapter Two – “This is not Syrian bread”"