In this blog Tom Hunt describes his trip to Palestine last year with the British Consulate. During the trip he met Bassema Barahmeh, a Fairtrade olive oil producer and an artisan maftoul maker who supplies Zaytoun. Now Bassema is due to visit the UK for Fairtrade Fortnight and Tom is hosting a supper at his restaurant in Bristol to celebrate her visit. Details of the supper can be found at the bottom of the blog.
Hummus on the high street
By Tom Hunt
It wasn’t until I visited Palestine that I fully appreciated how much Arabic food has influenced my own cuisine. Arabic food is ubiquitous in UK food culture and can be found everywhere from late night kebab shops to Ottolenghi’s deservedly successful restaurants. Hummus is on the high street, shakshuka dons many a brunch menu and za’atar is a common household ingredient.
In the 90’s Britain’s food culture began to transform. The bland food of Britain once our handicap became our strength. Our lac...