Lebanese Cooking 101
lastminute lovely Kirsty found out how to make her barbeques sizzle this summer with an amazing Lebanese cooking class in Sydney.
If there is anything I like more than a compliment on my shoes, it’s a compliment on my cooking. Since the former happens more often than the latter, I jumped at the opportunity to go to a Lebanese Cooking Class. Yum please!!
Attending Norma’s Family Favourites Cooking Class is an experience I highly recommend. Instead of a class it feels like a lesson at home with your Lebanese BFF. Norma is your host, and you instantly feel like you are in the hands of a professional, with years of experience putting on feasts to impress hoards of loved ones. Take heed and many notes, every little tip is a corker!
We came prepared with our own bottle of champagne, and were instantly relaxed and mesmerized by Norma as she talked us through the simple-yet-delicious dishes we were about to help her prepare.
Following our briefing we all pitched in around the kitchen to help – sometimes sitting back and watching Norma do her thing – all the while finding out everything we needed to know about Lebanese cooking.
The final feast
Fattoush – Read: the salad to end all BBQ salads! I must confess I made this at home the next day, and readily accepted complements on my culinary genius. Norma’s tip – Cut all the pieces to the same size so the salad is easy to turn, you get a bit of everything in one mouthful and looks fab!
Kaftas – A nifty way to jazz up meatballs. These were a little messy but so worth the effort. Anything served on sticks is AOK with me. Norma’s tip – Serve them with a tomato sauce on spaghetti as left-overs or spread a thin layer on some pita bread and grill for a few seconds.
Smokey Baba Ghannouj – This was surprisingly easy AND tastes so much better than the supermarket version. Norma’s tip – Prepare the eggplant a day earlier so when it comes time to enjoy your BBQ, you’re already in business. Garnish with Pomegranate seeds to make it really pop!
Hot Potatoes – These HAVE to be the ones the Wiggles sing about because they are worth a chorus! Now fried potatoes always rock my world, but add a bit of Lebanese gourmet to them and they are a stand out dish that everyone finds respectable! Norma’s tip – Don’t overdo it on the dressing, no matter how good it smells.
Nammoura – Who would have thought semolina could taste so sweet? Even though I was testing the limits of my stomach by the end of the feast, I found room for this delicious dessert. Norma’s tip – Place an almond in the centre of each square to jazz them up.
After the class, Norma laughed off my suggestion of adult-age adoption … I was serious… but never-the-less I was satisfied and enlightened. I’ve expanded my cooking repertoire to include another cuisine beyond pizza, pasta and stir-fry and have already seen my friendships improve due to the quality of my BBQs.
A great way to spend a day with the girlfriends or even the BF.