I would like to introduce #CookForSyria. This amazing idea was created by UNICEF ( an organisation that helps children in need all over the world ), Clerkenwell Boy ( an award-winning food instagrammer ), Serena Guen ( publisher, businesswoman and philanthropist ) and a few top chefs, as a way to fight the terrible humanitarian crisis in Syria.
#CookForSyria is a recipe book full of traditional and modern delicious Syrian, Middle Eastern food. Each recipe is donated by world-class chefs who want to make a difference! Any profits made on the sales of this incredible book are donated to aid the people of Syria affected by the tragic events.
Food is about sharing and hospitality, we may only have a little for ourselves, but we will give some to you because we are all hungry. Food can form friendships and relationships and is an integral part of a community. This book aims to capture that and bottle it, to use it to work towards peace.
I have already made four recipes out of his book and I’ve only had it a week and a half! They are so good! But the best one had to be this one:
It was seriously nice. Here’s the recipe for the meatballs, the sauce and the topping if you’d like to have a go:
1/2 kg of minced beef
1 large onion
a bunch of parsley
1 butternut squash
For The Sauce
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp yoghurt
2 tbsp water
juice of one lemon
1 clove of garlic
For The Topping
Handful of pine nuts
Knob of butter
Cut the butternut squash into cubes, season with salt and pepper, drizzle with oil. Roast in the oven until tender.
Very finely chop the onion and parsley. Put both in a bowl with the mince and season. Mix together with your hands. Form into meatballs the size of ping pong balls and roast in the oven at 180C/356F for 10 minutes.
Mix the tahini, yoghurt, lemon, water and finely chopped garlic together with some salt until it forms a smooth, runny consistency. If too thick, add a little drop of water.
Melt some butter in a pan and toast some pine nuts.
Layer the meatballs and butternut squash in a bowl, drizzle with the sauce and then the pine nut topping.
Serve hot with cous cous, flatbreads, pittas or salad and enjoy……….!
I encourage you to buy this book, not only shall I tempt you with tales of pomegranate, spices, olives, pistachios, figs, bread, houmous and more, it is also working to change the world and to raise awareness of these people’s plight.
Let’s #CookForSyria to show we care!