Flavours of a Middle Eastern Kitchen

19th September 2024

/ 4.5 hr course, including lunch

Class Description

The kitchen is the heart and soul of every Middle Eastern home. Cooked from scratch, every dish is made with love and above all, an abundance of flavour.


Food writer and author of Middle Eastern cookbooks, The Galilean Kitchen & Freekeh, Wild Wheat & Ancient Grains, Ruth Nieman, will take you on a journey from the land to the plate, showcasing some of the most traditional recipes that inspired her to write about this ancient, biblical cuisine. The recipes that will be cooked have been passed down through the generations of matriarchs, using the indigenous ingredients from the lush landscape and the inspiration for her writing.


Ruth’s workshop will be full of love and passion for these delicious, vegetarian/vegan rustic dishes, using ancient grains and traditional spices. As you cook, Ruth will tell you the stories of the women she cooked with, how religious beliefs influence their cooking, the ancient agricultural processes of harvesting freekeh, whilst savouring the delicious flavours that emerge from every Middle Eastern Kitchen.



Hummus with Tahini & Date Syrup Rolls
Freekeh with Roasted Aubergine, Herbs & Seeds
Traditional Middle Eastern Salad with Pomegranates
Knafeh – Sweet Cheese Pastry with Rose Water Syrup & Pistachios


Lunch Included:

Once the work is done, you will enjoy a meal of all you have produced, along with a well deserved glass of wine or cordial.


Find out more about Ruth Nieman

Read her substack blog: Cultural Bites

Follow her: @ruthnieman

All abilities welcome

Class size

/ 4.5 hr course, including lunch

What to expect
  • On arrival you will be met by the cookery school staff and offered refreshments whilst you sign in and meet the other participants.
  • Class sizes are small to offer a hands-on learning experience. Occasionally we may ask you to work as a pair or as part of a group.
  • All ingredients and equipment are provided, including aprons.
  • Refreshments will be available during the course, including a glass of wine if your course includes a meal.
  • All cookery courses include a recipe pack to take home, which can also be sent to you digitally.
  • Course times are approximate and may sometimes run beyond the end time advertised.
Important Information
  • Allergies and Dietary Requirements: Some classes are able to cater for specific dietary requirements but not all, please let us know of any allergies at the time of booking.
  • Disabled access: Whilst we welcome people with disabilities, our toilet facilities are not set up for wheelchair access. Please contact the cookery school for further details before booking.


  • Gifts: If you are booking the class as a gift, please ask the recipient to get in touch directly to inform us of any allergies ahead of the class by emailing: cookeryschool@honestygroup.co.uk


  • Booking for others: Please make sure that all email correspondence is forwarded on to gift recipients and others you have booked for to ensure that they have received full instructions.


  • Sustainability: Some of our classes may have leftover food for you to take home.  In the interests of sustainability please ensure you bring containers with you.


  • Safety and Hygiene: In the interests of safety and hygiene we request that closed in shoes are worn and hair is tied back whilst cooking.
Where is this located?
  • Honesty Cookery School
  • The Barn, North Sydmonton House
  • North Sydmonton
  • Hampshire
  • RG20 4UL
  • UK

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19th September 2024

Flavours of a Middle Eastern Kitchen

/ 4.5 hr course, including lunch

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What is a Cook Together ticket?

Cook Together tickets allow an adult and a child between 10 – 18 years to book onto a course for a cheaper price. You will work together at the same workstation and produce enough food for you both to eat. This is part of our drive to encourage young people to enjoy cooking from scratch.

Can I book for a large group?

We have eight workstations and accommodate larger groups by working in pairs or small groups around each station. People often report they enjoy working in this way as it makes the event sociable and allows people to take a short break from the cooking as there are others to take over.

Who can attend these classes?

Most of our scheduled courses are for adults only. However, where you see a ‘Cook Together’ ticket offered then you can book for a place for a child over the age of 10 years with an adult.

It is also possible to book a bespoke course for children with an adult from the party remaining in charge of the group. Please make enquiries to cookeryschool@honestygroup.co.uk

Do I need to be a confident cook?

We welcome people of all cooking experience and abilities. Our tutors will assess and adjust to your needs.

What if I have a food allergy or special dietary need?

Some of our courses can accommodate allergies and special dietary requirements however for others the replacement of one ingredient for another will not work. As there is such a range in what people require we request that you ask at the time of booking by emailing cookeryschool@honestygroup.co.uk

What should I wear/bring with me?

All ingredients and equipment are provided, including aprons. For a cookery course we advise wearing layers as the cookery school can heat up once the ovens and hobs are on. Closed shoes are also requested for health and safety purposes and a band to tie back longer hair.

If you are attending a course that could be messy please adjust your clothing to take account of this.

We hope to make our courses as sustainable as possible and so request that customers bring containers to take home any food left over at the end of a course.


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