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May 2013

Workshop: Aushak – Afghan Dumplings

May 6, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Depanneur, 1033 College Street
Toronto, ON M6H 1A8 Canada
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$40

Have you ever heard of Afghan dumplings? The dumpling finds itself in kitchens all over the world – so many cultures have their own version – the Chinese have their shumai, the Poles have their pierogies and the Japanese have gyoza.

Afghans make aushak – a leek paste-based dumpling which is slathered with garlicky, thick yoghurt and a layer of spiced tomato meat sauce. Traditionally aushak is served with a meat sauce, but we will prepare a version for vegetarians, too.

Come join Shayma, a Pakistani-Afghan award-winning food writer and photographer as she teaches you how to make this Afghan dish. It is wonderful served at a dinner party and eaten family-style.

Her intensive workshop will teach you how to:
• Create the filling from scratch
• Create the toppings from scratch
• Stuff, assemble and fold the dumplings
• Steam the dumplings
• Create a tempering* to drizzle over the toppings
• Assemble the dish
* (a method in which in which ground spices and herbs are heated in hot oil and added to a dish. The oil extracts the aroma of the spices and herbs)

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June 2013

‘Cooking Along the Silk Route’ in Washington, DC

June 22, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Unnamed Venue, Near Tyson't Galleria
Washington D.C., United States

On Saturday, June 22nd, I will be hosting a lunch which is themed ‘Cooking Along the Silk Route‘. As such, we will prepare dishes from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan and then share a meal together, family-style, in a beautiful home in the Washington, DC suburbs, (near Tyson’s Galleria). While we cook together, we will : Learn how to prepare a mocktail, appetiser and main dish. I will provide my homemade dessert for the meal. Prepare and assemble the dishes in…

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July 2013

My Workshop – How to Make Chutney

July 15, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Depanneur, 1033 College Street
Toronto, ON M6H 1A8 Canada
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$40
Peach Chutney on pieces of bread placed on a plate with a rose napkin underneath.

Join award-winning food writer and photographer Shayma Saadat, as she cooks along the Silk Route, incorporating ingredients from the Afghan, Pakistani and Persian kitchen to create tangy, spicy and sweet condiments for your summer barbeques. Enjoy these spooned over your favourite cut of meat or grilled tofu this summer.

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October 2013

Spice Spoon Launch

October 14, 2013

  In October 2013 Shayma Saadat of the widely popular food blog, The Spice Spoon, will launch a fresh new re-branded website and blog featuring a new visual identity, a comprehensive News & Events page, a user friendly recipe index and much more. Make sure to watch the Spice Spoon short film by Canova Media.

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Les Petits Chef – Aushak Afghan Dumplings Workshop

October 28, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Toronto Center Toronto, Canada + Google Map
Free

I have had the honour  of being invited to teach aushak (Afghan dumplings) to a group of young chefs-in-the-making, known as Les Petits Chefs. Les Petits Chefs is a weekly club for boys in Grades 5-7. As well as learning basic kitchen skills with the charming Mardi Michels of 'Eat Live Travel Write' fame, the boys welcome guest chefs from around Toronto who teach the boys their culture through cooking. They also take field trips to restaurants around the city, and…

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November 2016

SOLD OUT – ‘Cooking Along the Silk Route’ in Toronto

November 6, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Evelyn’s Crackers, 1540 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto
Toronto, Ontario M6E 2G8 Canada
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CAD100

SOLD OUT Join us on Sunday, November 6th, for a hands on workshop and dinner, based on cuisine from the Silk Route - Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. My 'Cooking Along the Silk Route' workshop series draw from the rich cuisine of these countries. Once we are done preparing the dishes, we will sit down and share a meal together, family-style. I will be joined in the kitchen by Dawn Woodward, of Evelyn's Crackers. She will be our guest chef for the…

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February 2017

Persian Supperclub in Yorkville

February 14 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Hello, everyone - Happy 2017. February 14th is one of those dates that people feel rather strongly about. They either love it, or really dislike it. In the Spice Spoon Kitchen, we see it as a way of bringing people together - so why not grab a few of your best friends (and bottles of wine) and get together for a lovely Persian meal, served family-style around the table? We will be hosting the dinner in a beautiful private venue…

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March 2017

Nowruz Celebration – March 19, 2017

March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$85

Nowruz, a traditional festival of Spring, meaning ‘new day’ in Persian, begins on the first day of the vernal equinox. Nowruz is all about new beginnings and rejuvenation after the cold winter. In a private venue in Yorkville (details will be provided once ticket is purchased), let's gather around the table on March 19th, with friends and family, to celebrate Nowruz. In this feast, saffron, barberries, almonds and pistachios will take the centre stage in these family heirloom dishes. The…

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April 2017

‘Cooking Along the Silk Route’ Organic Vegan Private Cooking Class and Wine Dinner – April 2

April 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CAD100

Do you want to be a part of a small, intimate group of 6 and learn how to prepare a three-course vegan dinner, using organic produce? Then join me in my kitchen, in Yorkville, on Sunday, April 2nd, and let's prepare dishes rooted in the cuisine of the Silk Route. Since we are a small group, everyone will be assigned cooking-related tasks. We will prepare the food together, as a team. At the end of the evening, we will sit…

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June 2017

Half-Day Food Writing Workshop and Persian-Style Lunch

June 11 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
CAD75

*SIGN-UP HERE * Do you love Persian food? Do you want to learn how to write from the heart about food? If you have always wanted to write creatively and learn more about the art of storytelling, this intimate workshop of 6 is for you. I have had success in the food writing and blogging world - and I want to share my techniques and strategies with you. Let’s gather around my table for a lovely homemade Persian-style lunch (see…

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