The cooking class before Plating with Pride: Elegant Flavors of Arabia.
After watching the amazingly talented chef Suzanne Husseini, we got to enjoy a super delicious three course meal. We started with eating a Fattoush salad, which I thoroughly enjoyed. My favorite part of this was most certainly the fried pita bread pieces. As a main dish, we had lamb and saffron potatoes with a side of pomegranate molasses (picture above). At risk of sounding like the annoying Janice in FRIENDS, I really only have three words… Oh. My. God! Then, for a nice treat at the end, we got to eat a knafeh nabulsieh (the picture at the bottom), which in everyday terms is called a cheese pastry dessert. (Don’t worry, I don’t normally use these food terms, I only learnt most of them today.) The dessert was soaked in something called rose water, which definitely qualifies as an acquired taste, which many of us acquired just tonight 🙂
Most of the classes that my mom and I took back in the day (about 10 years ago, that is) were upstairs at Loblaws or at Algonquin College, which is basically what I expected this time again. But tonight we had this cooking class at the LCBO at Merivale and Hunt Club. I was very impressed with this location, it gave room for a really fun evening of elegant dining.
I also really liked the cook, Suzanne Husseini. This type of food is her specialty, and we had the pleasure of hearing some cute stories from her childhood in Nablus, Palestine. She told us how she fell in love with this food while watching her family cook as a child. As this was the kind of food she brought to school on a regular basis, she was used to always getting weird looks and being asked lots of questions from her peers. But they all soon grew to love her lunches as well, which lead to her needing to bring bigger containers 🙂 Anyways, I put a picture of her book in my post, in case any of you are ever interested. You can also follow her on Twitter: @suzannecooks