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Rawan Tamimi: Meditating through Food (Chef De La Soul)

One of my main concerns when I co-founded Humanity Can Wait with Mohammed Baddar was remaining netural and objective regardless of who we interview or what we cover on this website.

Unfortunately, I will have to throw that out of the window because Rawan Tamimi’s delicious snacks in jars deserve anything but neutral reviewing. The following is an exscript of my neutral-self interviewing myself after I tried her food.

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OK, OK… Who is this Rawan Tamimi?

Rawan, AKA the Chef De La Soul is a 20-year-old chef who wants to explore the world of ‘Spritual Cooking’ and meditation through Food. She has been cooking for nearly 8 years, and graduated recently from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. Rawan started her adventure with jars sometime in January 2014, and has been sending these delicious jars across Jordan ever since. She currently has appears on Roya TV ‘s Donya Ya Donya everyTuesday at 11:30AM.

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So what?

So what? Dude are you serious? Have you tasted her cakes*? You get to pick anything between Tiramisu, Trifle, Carrot Cake, Lemon Tart and Red Velvet (and I’m pretty sure I forgot some more options here, but you can just call her up at 00 962 795 236 426 and check for yourself).

*Are they cakes? Are they desserts? I don’t know. They’re delicious bits of energy in a jar, and that’s what matters to me.

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Alright smart guy, explain what she means by “spiritual cooking”.

Well… We sat with Rawan for exactly 1 hour, 11 minutes and 11 seconds (at least thats how long we recorded the conversation for), and while I got the idea of what she meant by Spiritual cooking, I’d rather transcribe what she exactly said in her own words.

Rawan tells us:

It all started when I joined Meditation Jordan in the Jordanian Thai Center self-Development. We would meditate by beautiful views for hours and reflect upon everything in our lives. There is a certain feeling that I got from meditation that I only managed to feel again when I cooked. It was a strange spirutal rush that deserves more than an explanation with words.
Each time I hold a strawberry I Imagine that I have never seen a strawberry before in my life, and I examine it the way a baby would examine a new toy.  I look at the strawberry and try to notice something about it that I have never noticed before. It is always easy for me as no two strawberries are ever identical.

Then I close my eyes and see if I can smell the strawberry.  I lick my lips and rub the strawberry over them, and then I ask myself how does it feel? Then I lick my lips again, and I ask myself if I can taste the trace flavor of the strawberry.  I hold the strawberry in my mouth, and I roll it around. I ask myself again how it feels in my mouth. As I chew, I notice the immediate change in the intensity of the flavor. I slowly chew the strawberry while resisting the urge to swallow. I sit a little longer and notice if posture affects my appreciation for the strawberry. I Breathe deeply and exhale with long soft sighs. I really notice that proper breathing makes me enjoy eating the strawberry more, then I relax my face and smile and I notice again how smiling improves the taste of a strawberry.

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Wow… I guess I never thought of it like that before. How many jars of deliciousness a day does she prepare?

Chef De la soulThat’s the crazy part. Rawan does everything from her home. She’s got two ovens and prepares hundreds of jars per day. On Valentine’s day, she had an corporate order of 500 jars for a couple of companies.

“I was waiting for the purchase order via E-mail all week long. It’s sort of a document that proves they want me to prepare X amount of jars, so I can get to work,” Rawan tells us excitedly.

“The problem was, the purchase order never came through, so I contacted them and wanted to cancel the night before Valentine’s day, only to find out that they confirmed their order, and that I only had 12 hours until 7AM the next day. I spent the entire night preparing the food, customizing the jars and preparing notes, but it was worth it!”

 

Damn dude, I’m impressed… But why jars?

gallery 1Rawan told us all about the jars and we couldn’t stop laughing together about how the idea came up! She was walking home with her cousin one day, and passed by a convenience store that had a sale on a set of a dozen jars. She had leftovers from an English Trifle and decided to buy those jars, decorate them and put the trifle in it along with a small note for her brother to eat at work the next day.

Everyone at work loved the jar, and that was when the first dozen orders were made. And it’s been nothing but smooth sailing for rawan since then.

Alright. You got me. I’m in. Can you at least give us a recipe or something?

I can’t. I don’t know how to cook. Rawan will, though:

How to prepare an Apple crumble

Main Ingredients:
2 granny Smith Apples
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon lemon juice

Cheese mixture ingredients:
200g cream cheese
100g heavy cream
3 Tablespoons Sugar

Crust Ingredients
200g Digestive Biscutes
100 g butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar

Preparation:
-Cut the apples into cubes.
-In a saucepan carmaliz the sugar.
-Add in the apples.
-Add in the lemon juice.
-Add in the cinnamon
-For the crust Crush the biscuts.
-Add thr melted butter, sugar and cinnamon. And mix them all well.
-For the cheese mixture, soften the cream cheese with sugar.
-Add in the heavy cream and mix well.
-In a jar add in the first layer of biscut crunch, then a layer of the cheese mixture.
-Finalze it with a layer of the carmalized apple and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
-EAT IT!

 

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Walid Dib is the co-founder of Humanity Can Wait. He is currently in his last semester studying Water Engineering at the German Jordanian university.

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