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Meditations in Nature – Interfaith Shared Meal

Snapshots of the Interfaith Glasgow shared meal
Snapshots from the first Southside Interfaith Meal

We were delighted to host Interfaith Glasgow‘s first in a series of Southside Interfaith meals last night, part of National Inter Faith Week celebrations. The Hidden Gardens Men’s Cultural Cookery group kindly volunteered their time to cater for the event, cooking a delicious vegetarian feast including: mint tea (harvested from the Gardens); pea and potato pakora served with coconut chutney; spinach and chickpea curry with raita and couscous with roast cherry tomatoes, and finally Moroccan rice pudding with fruit salad. The good food was accompanied by good conversation, and guests shared their thoughts of the evening on coloured leaves. These leaves will be collected after every meal and shared on a tree following the culmination of the meals later in 2015.

Interfaith Glasgow shared this message on their Facebook page:

Last night the Hidden Gardens hosted the first in our series of interfaith community meals. The aim of these meals is to bring together people from different religious communities in the South East of Glasgow to share good food and good conversation in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Last night’s guests included members of the Muslim (Sunni and Shia), Baha’i, Christian, Buddhist, and Sikh traditions. Delicious food was prepared by the Hidden Gardens’ cooking group and presented in an ambient setting conducive to dialogue on the theme of faith and nature. One guest wrote: “It is a fantastic event, I enjoyed the discussion at my table. … [F]aith should bring people together rather than separate them”. Our thanks go to The South East Integration Network (for funding this community meals project), the Hidden Gardens, and all the attendees for making last night so special.

The menu from the shared meal on Wednesday 26th November
The menu from the shared meal on Wednesday 26th November

Men’s Cooking Group – Moroccan spiced chicken (or halloumi) kebabs

The Men’s Cooking Group kicked off another enthusiastic season of learning,
chopping,
slicing,
stirring,
braising,
kneading,
baking
and making last week, with some Moroccan-inspired dishes packed with herbs, spices and a whole lot of taste!

The Men's Cooking Group at work
The Men’s Cooking Group at work

The group enjoyed a lively discussion about their favourite foods and recipes, and have devised a series of weekly menus that will take in both new and favourite cuisines including Scottish, English, Italian, Greek, American, Indian and Thai.

Delicious Chicken Kebabs! Our Blog Administrator is upset she does not work when the Men's Cooking Group are in...
Delicious Chicken Kebabs! Our Blog Administrator is upset she does not work when the Men’s Cooking Group are in…

Moroccan spiced chicken kebabs or (halloumi kebabs)

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large handful (15grams) flat leaf parsley
1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
4 skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size chunks ( or halloumi)

Method

If using wooden skewers soak them in water for 30 minutes

1. Put oil in blender and add the parsley, garlic, paprika, cumin, lemon zest and juice and whizz into a paste.
2. Put chicken or halloumi in a medium sized shallow dish and add the spice paste, then rub in, and leave to marinade for at least 20 minutes.
3. Preheat grill to high.
4. Thread the marinated chicken or halloumi onto skewers and grill for 10­-12 minutes, turning every now and then, until the meat is cooked. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.

Watch this space for more mouth-watering recipes, updates and cooking tips. The Hidden Gardens Men’s Cooking Group meets on Tuesdays from 12.30pm-2.30pm. The group is currently fully booked; if you are interested in future workshops please contact Natalie Davidson, Community Programme Manager, to find out more: natalie@thehiddengardens.org.uk / 0141 433 2722.

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