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H&P Open Kitchens | Alaa's Moussaka w/ Vermicelli Rice & Yoghurt Salad (V)

H&P Open Kitchens | Alaa's Moussaka w/ Vermicelli Rice & Yoghurt Salad (V)

Date(s) - 11/17/2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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$11.59 USD
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by Heart & Parcel

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With the resounding success of last year’s SOLD OUT online cookalongs, we are launching another fantastic collection of online cooking sessions for everyone to enjoy!

Expect incredible comforting home-cooked dishes from Libya, Peru, Egypt, Bangladesh and Syria, with enthusiastic, knowledgeable and skilled teachers guiding you through each step!

This year we are working with six learners who wished to challenge themselves with their English language and presentation skills, by leading participants through a home cooked dish that they love and are proud of.

Never been to one of our popular cookalongs before? Take a look at last year’s cookalongs to see what it is like >>>


Alaa’s Moussaka with vermicelli rice & yoghurt salad

By Alaa Ali

A bit about Alaa

My name is Alaa Ali. I am from Egypt. I have graduated from the Faculty of Arts (English Literature department). I have been living in Manchester since July 2019. Before this, I lived in Saudi Arabia for 14 years. There I worked as a supervisor for kindergarten for seven years. I am married and I have three children: two daughters and a son.

When I was young, I didn’t like to cook until I travelled to Saudi Arabia and made friends from various countries and discovered their food and culture. As each country has its own unique crops and products, their cuisines, the food they eat, cooking recipes vary. It forms a part of their culture. Food also reflects the beliefs and habits of people. I like to participate in Heart and Parcel sessions to recognise different cultures, make new friends and use cooking as a way to learn English– I love learning. In addition to learning new dishes from all over the world, I enjoy my time in your sessions; I can’t wait for the next one.

For all the aubergine lovers, this is the cookalong for you! Moussaka is a hearty dish packed full of meat, vegetables and flavour. It’s the perfect meal for feeding the family, hosting a dinner party or batch cooking. As the weather gets a bit colder, it’s great for warming you up too.

Join us to learn something new, hear more about Alaa and her life, and about Heart & Parcel and meet new people!

Ingredients (for reference only, detailed list will be sent out after booking)

  • Aubergine
  • Green, Red & Yellow Peppers
  • Parsley
  • Tomato
  • Garlic
  • Minced Beef (Omit for vegetarian)
  • Red Onion
  • Cumin
  • Dried Mint
  • Chilli
  • Ginger
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Olive & Vegetable oil
  • White Vinegar
  • Rice
  • Vermicelli
  • Yoghurt
  • Vinegar

This dish’s difficulty level is medium. This dish contains dairy & meat.

What to expect

Heart & Parcel’s cookalong involves each of our learners cooking a dish close to their hearts from start to finish, and telling stories about their recipe and life along the way. As a participant, you will cook with the Heart & Parcel learner, exploring new flavours, cooking techniques, ingredients, share your own stories and no doubt have an evening of fun, sharing and learning. A great gift for a friend or loved one who enjoys cooking and discovering new dishes.

Your cookalong ticket gets you:

1.5 hour cooking class with our experienced and knowledgeable teachers who will guide you through their home cooked meals.

You will be cooking along with up to 9 other participants – this is an intimate and personal class – you will receive comments, feedback and tips of your cooking should you need.

Detailed ingredient and equipment list.

Donating to our project – the money from your ticket goes back into our project, providing free English language lessons and resources for people learning English in different communities around Manchester and (currently online!) the UK.

How to take part in our cookalong

1. Book your place (due to the nature of our project, tickets are nonrefundable, please make sure you can attend before you purchase) ***PLEASE BE AWARE*** to keep inclusive, all our Open Kitchen events will be livestreamed to youtube. By confirming your place on the cookalong, you consent to being filmed on the day. If you have any further questions about this, please feel free to contact

2. Receive an email closer to the date with a detailed list containing all the ingredients, quantities, equipment and any preparation you will need for your cookalong.

3. Go out and buy the ingredients and check your equipment for the cookalong.

4. Click on the zoom link that will have been sent to you via email and join our teacher, your fellow cookalong participants and the Heart & Parcel team for an evening of cooking and sharing!

If any problems, questions or queries at all give us an email:

We are a friendly team of learners, volunteers and staff and will be happy to answer any questions (no matter how big or small!) you have.

We look forward to seeing you at our next cookalong!

The Heart & Parcel team

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