Q. What do you make for a beach picnic lunch when you have 2 vegetarians, 1 flexitarian, 1 vegephobe, 1 person with texture issues and 1 16 year old who doesn’t like cheese (apart from halloumi and cream cheese, both of which he loves)? A. Turkey and Happy Cow cheese salad sandwiches (on white bread) […]Read more "Chapter Ten – “This group has a lot of issues”"
Today’s cooking was conducted in four languages: the usual mix of English and Arabic, with everything repeated in German for Mohammed, who will shortly be joining the rest of his family in Berlin, and Spanish for Mohamad, who found out yesterday that he will be moving to Spain! Luckily, ‘pizza’ needs no translation and we […]Read more "Chapter Nine – “I don’t know it, but I like it”"
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” "
Vichi-what? Leek and Potato Soup with fried potato croutons (served 40+) Butter and oil (yeah we know) 25 potatoes, peeled and chopped nice and small 5 leeks washed and sliced 5 onions of varying sizes, “smooth cut” 6 cloves of garlic chopped and smushed 3 stock cubes Small carton milk Salt, pepper, chilli powder, grated nutmeg […]Read more "Chapter Five – “If it’s good, I made it; if it’s bad, you made it”"
Jnntne pizza (made 4 large pizzas, served 30) For the base 1.5kg strong, white bread flour 3 sachets yeast 6 tsp salt 9 glugs (or thereabouts) olive oil Water, to combine For the sauce 2 tins chopped tomato 1 carton tomato purée 2 cloves garlic Salt and pepper Mixed herbs For the toppings Ambiguous cheese* Whatever […]Read more "Chapter Three – “Jnntne”"
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”"
First Focaccia (served 20-30) 1kg strong white bread flour 4tsp salt 3 sachets dried yeast 5 spoons olive oil 600ml water +200ml extra Big ol’ handful of mixed herbs Chopped garlic to sprinkle Glug of oil to drizzle Salt (lots) to garnish Flour in bowl Salt on flour Mix yeast, 600ml water and oil in […]Read more "Chapter One – “So you’re three British girls cooking Italian food for Syrians in Greece?”"