To commemorate the first anniversary of the Arab Spring – khana commune London rustled up a lunch to celebrate some of the most wonderful traits of the Arab people – warmth, hospitality and mouth-watering cuisine, at a special lunch on Sunday, 22nd January 2012.
Zina, founder of khana commune Singapore was in town, and we were joined by guest chef Layla El-Wafi, an American-British-Londoner who traces her roots to both Libya (her late father) and Egypt (her mum). This has been a most remarkable year for her and her family.
Here are some photos from what turned out to be a fabulous get-together.
karkade (chilled hibiscus drink from Cairo) and the scent of arabic bukhoor
shurbah leebeeyah (libyan lamb, tomato and “bird’s tongue” pasta soup)
egyptian lentil soup (v)
egyptian koushury (v)
tunisian cous cous topped with harissa fish and a harissa vegetarian stirfry
syrian semolina cake drizzled with rose-infused syrup and bahraini dates
yemeni kishr and north african mint tea