Several years ago an Arabic cooking club called Walima was started by a Lebanese lady and many of us (myself included) were able to take part in it. I really loved all the challenges of cooking a new dish across the Arab world monthly, meeting all the foodies who love what I do and also seeing how we all interpreted a dish that was the same into something different. I do not know what happened to the club, but it just sort of stopped one day. I guess everyone got busy with life in general. Since then I have wanted to create another one myself, but have never really had time to start it up until now that is.
So without further ado, I am here to tell you all about a brand new Middle Eastern Cooking club that I hope you all take part in. You do not have to have a blog, live in the Middle East or even be Middle Eastern. You just have to love trying new things, spices and beautiful food. MENA stands for Middle East and North Africa and I really could not describe it better than just using the initials and keeping it short and sweet. Each month we will have a new country and a host. The host for the month will choose what dish we all make for the upcoming month.
Here is a list of the countries:
Algeria: hosted by Asmaa of Halal Home Cooking
Bahrain: Joanne of What’s on the list
Egypt: hosted by Amira of Arabian Mama
Iran: hosted by Sanam of My Persian Kitchen
Iraq: hosted by Maryam of Maryam’s Culinary World
Palestine: hosted by Amani
Saudi Arabia: hosted by Noor of Ya Salam Cooking
Syria: hosted by Joumana of Taste of Beruit
United Arab Emirates: hosted by Tamar
Yemen: hosted by Wigdan of My Yemen Kitchen
If you’re interested in being part of the MENA Cooking Club then please select the country that you want to host and fill out this form. From there I will give you all the information you need to be part of the group and to host. If you want to be part of the cooking club you do not have to ever be a host, but you still need fill out the form to get the information.
Please hurry and get everything in so we can get started. We will also have buttons so you can add to your blog if you would like.