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Although Egyptian food falls under both Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Cooking, it is worth noting that the same dish will taste different in each country of the region and even ingredients will vary.
Egyptian foods has a unique character. Throughout history, because of its strategic position, Egypt had been occupied by the major powers of the time and that is reflected in Egyptian cuisine. Different foods were incorporated into Egyptian cooking and came out with a local flavour instead of losing the local character of the food to the foreign ones.
This course will teach you in a rustic way, how to prepare simple, delicious meals based mainly on family recipes.
Approximate weekly cost of ingredients $20 – $30 but this may vary depending on food prices and type of recipes chosen by students. Students are welcome to work in groups to save costs and the tutor will discuss a range of options.
A list of ingredients for the first session will be provided upon enrolment.
Students to supply own tea towels, dish cloths and hand towels.
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Hisham grew up in the port city of Suez, where his father was a marine engineer and his mother a homemaker. After moving to Cairo after the 1967 war, he lived there until he emigrated to New Zealand. Hisham tells how during his childhood, they usually had a cook and house-maids. Although he is a trained medical doctor, with a Diploma in Nutrition and Fitness as well, he admits that he had no idea of cooking. He knew what healthy food was and always enjoyed good food and wished to know how to cook it. That all changed after migrating to New Zealand 17 years ago. Alone, needing to feed himself and getting tired of junk food, he missed his mother’s food. After a few phone calls to relatives, he had a good collection of family recipes to start with. He started scouring cooking books, watching countless cooking shows, browsing the internet for recipes and that is how his love for cooking started. With a close friend owning a take away shop, he gained an insight into food preparation on a large scale. Today Hisham regularly caters for occasions in his family and his dishes and recipes are well sought after.
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