Dining Out

Masterclass to cook up Ethiopian flavour

ETHIOPIAN cooking can be heavy on meat – but the east African country’s cuisine is also full of delicious and super-satisfying dishes that are perfect for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten and lactose-free eaters.

Part of what makes Ethiopian food perfect for so many diets is that there’s always a “fasting” (or animal-free) option; many Ethiopians are Orthodox Christians and traditionally eat vegan on Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as other special days.
You can now experience Ethiopian culture and cuisine in a unique, hands on Flavours of Auburn, vegan cooking class where you’ll discover the delights of Ethiopian food and coffee, learn and help with the food preparation and enjoy an amazing meal after the class. The class includes all ingredients and drinks.

With the class run by local cooks, including Tina, who share recipes and ingredients from their culture with a cosy class of 10 participants, you will feel like you are in someone’s home as you cook, chat and eat together.
Tina says Vegan Ethiopian cuisine includes dishes that she grew up with and still dishes up to her own family.
“We will be using a variety of lentils and beans as well as some unique herbs and spices, such as chilli and cardamom, to produce our classic flavours and textures,” she said.
“We will also be cooking with a variety of vegetables and participants will get to practise some very useful tips and develop a greater understanding of the cuisine.
“Afterwards, we will dine together at the centre which has a beautiful, purpose-built space set up and any leftovers will be shared.”
To book or for more info about the cooking class, costing $50-$80, go to eventbrite.com.au, call Marika on 8757 9796 or email Marika.Kahle@cumberland.nsw.gov.au. Bookings close at 4pm this Thursday, April 15.

Flavours of Auburn,
Vegan Ethiopian Cuisine
Cooking ClassThe Granville Centre,
Monday, April 19, 6-9pm