Insatiable curiosity for new experiences is one of the things that brought us together at this table. Wherever you are from and whatever feelings you are bringing with you, being here now and experiencing this, to say the least – is quite beautiful.
Our host Ilina has spent her student days in France, where she had the opportunity to try various cuisines. From all her numerous experiences, she grew fond of the Arabic kitchen. Listening to her talk about these certain types of meals with such passion, got us very enthusiastic about trying it out. We wanted to try everything she suggested and that is exactly what we did. We prepared every popular Arabic dish, starting from various dips, salads, breads to vibrant falafel ending with rich cake soaked with honey and orange juice.
Rich and delicious aromas continually poured out of Ilina’s kitchen. The photographs that follow capture this amazing story, but the interweaving of diverse oriental spices that filled the air, was an experience all in itself.
We tried everything we believed to be essential in Arabic dining, which captures the concept of hospitality and generosity of the culture. To maintain the authenticity, we brought a big sufra, sat on the floor on colorful tapestries, instinctively started to share everything and the result was a truly warm dining experience.
Fresh and cold beverage with lemon and mint.
Iced sambuca with mint and black seed.
Kofta kebab enriched with cumin and coriander spices.
Blending the base for falafel.
Baked eggplants ready for the baba ganoush dip.
Preparing the tahini sauce.
Yogurt and mint sauce.
Making the khachapuri and Arabic pita bread.
Our flour-less version of mescouta cake soaked in honey and orange juice.
Missy Onion sufra.
Photographer: Biljana Koseva
Proofread by: Simona Veselinska