Welcome to Sefanit's kitchen! Join her live from her home in London as she teaches you about the culture and traditions of her Ethiopian heritage — with a holiday twist.
Ethiopian New Year falls on September 11th, but in this one-hour online experience, we’re celebrating it year-round. The word for New Year in Amheric is Enkutatash, which means the ‘gift of jewels.’ Legend has it that King Solomon of Jerusalem gave the Queen of Sheba jewels during her visit to Jerusalem some 3,000 years ago. Her return to Ethiopia coincided with the New Year’s celebration in September, and the name Enkutatash came to be.
In this interactive, online experience, you’ll prepare one of Ethiopia’s must-have New Year’s dishes, called gomen, which is seasoned collard greens or kale, and ayib, a traditional homemade cheese.
You’ll also learn how to make your own authentic clarified butter to top off the meal (or simply switch out the butter for infused olive oil). Don't worry, Sefanit will be there every step of the way to teach you the process!
While you wait for your meal to cook, you’ll participate in another Ethiopian New Year's tradition: making your own New Year's greeting card – fun for all ages!
To finish your online experience, you’ll savour homemade ginger tea while Sefanit teaches you about the healing properties of ginger and its importance to Ethiopian cuisine.
You will need:
For the gomen, you will need the following:
- 500g (2 cups) kale or collard greens
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt (up to your taste)
- 1/2 tsp mit mita (or your favourite chilli powder)
- 1/2 tsp Ethiopian black cardamom powder (can use black pepper as a substitute)
- 10g (1/2 cup) fresh coriander (cilantro)
For the ayib you will need the following:
- 500g (2 cups) full-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 pint (2 cups) full-fat fresh milk
For the Traditional clarified butter you will need the following:
- 250g (1 cup) unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
- 1/2 tsp white cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp black cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp koseret (can use oregano as a substitute)
- 1/2 tsp Ethiopian cardamom (can use black pepper as a substitute)
- 1/2 tsp fenugreek powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 3 saucepans or pots
- 1 frying pan
- 1 cutting board
- 1 knife
- 1 strainer
- 1 kitchen towel or paper towels
- 1 cheesecloth or substitute
- 1 sieve (a flour sieve or tea sieve will do just fine)
- 3 wooden spoons, spatulas or whisks (Or a combination.We will need to mix all three components of the dish separately.)
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide.
Exclusions: Ingredients and supplies for your cooking class. A list will be sent to you via email ahead of your experience.
Confirmation of booking: After booking, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations more than 1 day before the experience will receive a full refund. Cancellations within this period attract a 100% cancellation fee.
Additional Information: For your online Urban Adventure experience, you will be in a small Zoom group of a maximum of 8 people.
Child Policy: Children ages 6 and above are permitted on this tour at the regular adult rate listed above. This experience is not suitable for children under the age of 6.