Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tell Me What You Eat, I'll Tell You Who You Are

To celebrate my friend Jen's birthday, we had a private cooking class at Lebanese Taverna Market.  It was great fun!  We had a private party of 10 people and we have a fabulous chef to guide our cooking adventure. Some of you were asking about the details... they have cooking classes regularly, but if you have 10 people, you can schedule a private class.  The cost is $65/person, which is totally worth it for all the food and wine they serve, as well as the joy of cooking with your friends!

The set up of the class was great!  We each had a stool on which we could perch, a cutting board, SHARP knife, apron, dish towel and recipes.  When we arrived, we had appetizers and wine before the cooking began.
We all had opportunities to jump into the cooking process (mostly by chopping veggies) and create our dinner.  There were 10 of us, but we made enough food to feed a small nation.  Here's what we made:
Fatteh Bel Djaje... the MOST delicious dish ever!!!  We sprinkled pomegranate seeds on top.  YUM!

Fattoush!  We made about 10 pounds of this.  I'll be having it for lunch for days!

Grape leaves, hand rolled by us!
We also made Basmati Rice with Vermicelli which I don't have a picture of.  After we cooked, we were able to sit down to a great feast!  Most of the recipes were easy to create, however, I doubt I will make any of them again because most of the recipes have ingredients I have never heard of (nor would I know where to buy them!) such as ghee and pomegranate molasses.
Our cooking crew enjoying a well-deserved meal

Posing with the birthday girl!
Dress: Secret Treasure from Anthropologie, Summer 2010
Belt: Anthropologie, winter 2009
Necklace: Anthropologie, winter 2009

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