Sep 14, 2013 · 4:00 PM
You must pay via Paypal up front to RSVP for this event. You do not need a Paypal account. Just use your debit or credit card. The money is going toward the cost of food and a small "Thank you" gift card for the instructor. I am not making any money off of this event.
I work with a very talented cook named Faiza. She cooks incredible meals that I am very fortunate to share with her on occasion. She is passionate about sharing her food and her culture. I started a conversation with her about wanting to learn some of her recipes, and it grew to a conversation about her teaching our group how to cook some of her delicious food. Yay for us!
For those of you not familiar with Pakistani cooking, it varies in different regions. The style we will be learning is very similar to Indian food, and it is influenced by Faiza's Muslim roots.
Any meat used will be halal. This is a set of rules governing food...especially meat. Some aspects of it are very similar to Kosher for those of you familiar with those laws. Muslims are taught through the Qu'ran that all animals should be treated with respect and well cared for. The goal is to slaughter the animal, limiting the amount of pain the animal will endure. Halal meat must be killed humanely, must not have been fed an unnatural diet or animal by-products, and it must not have been a carnivore or raptor. Food may not contain blood, so it must be cooked thoroughly.
She will teach us at least 3 recipes. She will also be bringing some Henna to teach us how it is used to create amazing body art. She and I will go shopping ahead of time for the ingredients. So I don't end up buying way too much food, and so people don't RSVP and then not show up, I have set up a Paypal option for this event. The scope of the event has grown somewhat. Originally Faiza's idea was to make it strictly vegetarian since she knows I am vegetarian. However, I have told her that we should offer meat options for the carnivores out there. Also, I want to offer a spice care package for everyone who attends. This will give you a sampling of all of the spices we use without you having to go out and spend a ton of money buying full quantities of all of them. This way you will go home with everything you need to start putting your new Pakistani cooking skills to good use. I will not make any money from this event. The balance of the amount collected after paying for all of the food will be used to purchase a gift card for Faiza to say "Thank You!" She did not ask for any compensation for this event, but I think this is the courteous thing to do. I will bring the receipts for the groceries and gift card to the event. :-)
I don't know about you, but I'm very excited! Her food is really...REALLY good! :-)