Yalla Eat! Chef Series: Mai Kakish presents Fried Tomatoes

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5:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Mai Kakish (Almond and Fig) presents Fried Tomatoes (Alayet Bandoura)


5-6 large tomatoes cut into 1/2 inch rounds
1 serrano or jalapeño pepper; you can leave it whole or seed and dice (optional)
4 garlic cloves, sliced
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon dried mint to finish

Mai Kakish runs Almond and Fig, a memoir told through food. She cooks to remember the place she came from, Palestine, and to pass that connection on to her children and others. Through Almond and Fig she shares meals and her family table; sharing the food that taught her about her identity, culture and family. The kind of food that makes memories and tells stories. She believes that food not only plays an important role in forming traditions and social interactions, but is also a tool to tell a story about culture and identity. Through her cooking and stories, she hopes to inspire others to cook food from an often misunderstood part of the world, and help create new memories and conversations around their own dinner tables.


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  • April 27, 2021 5:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • 5:30 pm