Like an Escher painting, Syrian cooking is marked by a seemingly interminable series of impossibly filled interiors, with chickpea-stuffed lamb, which is stuffed inside pitas, which are then stuffed inside hungry cheeks. Find the starting point with today's Groupon: for $42, you get an authentic Arabic-Syrian-cooking class from Yasin Culinary in Watertown. Classes take place Saturdays 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.–5 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Master hummusmith Ahmad Yasin doles out zesty lesson plans along with his family-recipe lamb-stuffed grape leaves. With a culinary philosophy that emphasizes the organic relationship of cook and cuisine, Ahmad guides burgeoning food-foodee relationships from their spicy mohammarah honeymoon to the golden anniversary of moist lemony-walnut cake. Catch a glimpse at a culinary world you might master with Ahmad's catering menu, which includes such edible edifications as baked kibbeh, which packs lean ground lamb, pine nuts, garden-fresh herbs and spices, and homemade yogurt in an envelope of golden cracked wheat or a regally red Royal hummus dip (shammandar) whipped from beets, sesame tahini, chickpeas, garlic, and lemon juice and stirred with a jewel-encrusted scepter.
After alchemizing up some Middle Eastern mastication-fodder, get a brief recap of Arabic-culinary history, as well as some recipes and general tips for using the signature Syrian and Arabic spices and herbs in your own kitchen. Scheduled classes are about three–four hours long, though this may vary and the official schedule possesses a pita-like flexibility to accommodate the schedules of tahini-encrusted trainees.
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