Ceru – Meet the Maker events

Ceru is a Levantine restaurant pop up. Before you ask, I had no idea what that was either, allow me to share my freshly Googled knowledge with you! Levantine cuisine is found in the modern states of Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Syria, and parts of southern Turkey.

What that means in practice is lots of freshly made dips, flatbread, halloumi, shawarma and baklava, essentially Middle Eastern cuisine. We got to try two of the dips the Pancar, which is roast beetroot, yoghurt, garlic and pistachio nuts, and the Fadi, which is fried baby courgette puree with tahini, roast garlic, yoghurt & lemon. Both were delicious on freshly made warm flatbread and accompanied by baked halloumi, the saltiness of the cheese making a nice foil to the freshness of the dips. It piqued my interest to try the rest of the menu and I thought what a great place it would be to bring my veggie friends to try something different. And it would give me a chance to try some of the meat and fish dishes that had caught my eye!

We were there for a Meet the Maker event where Ceru showcases independent producers. On this occasion they were featuring Half Hitch Gin, billed as the “G with Tea” because it is a gin base blended with tinctures of Malawian Black Tea & Calabrian Bergamot, a cross between a bitter orange and a lemon. If you’ve ever drunk Earl Grey tea you’ll be familiar with this flavour profile and it worked really well with the delicate notes of the gin. Half Hitch is made near Camden Lock and named after a type of knot that barge owners use to moor their craft. We sampled it first as a traditional G&T and then mixed with freshly squeezed orange juice to enhance the citrus notes. Both versions were good, but I especially loved the orange juice one – it was so refreshing. Half Hitch Gin is the brainchild of Mark Holdsworth, formerly of Bacardi, and he is clearly, hugely passionate about what he does.

If you’d be interested in going to a Meet the Maker event then keep an eye on Ceru’s Twitter feed as there will be more to come. And apparently Ceru themselves have found a permanent space, but they’re keeping it a bit hush hush at the moment. So get along to their current location whilst you can and we will keep you posted as soon as we find out where they’ll be heading next!

 

Twitter: @CeruLondon @TomKime @PatriciaCeru @Fabio_Adler_LDN  @LDN_Restaurants @@halfhitchmrh

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Thank you to Patricia Hilton, Social Media and Marketing Manager for Ceru restaurants; Tom Kime, Executive Chef of Ceru Restaurants; Fabio Adler, Director of Fabio Adler Consultancy and PR for HALF HITCH® Gin; and Mark Holdsworth, Founder of HALF HITCH® Gin, for your hospitality and look forward to meeting you all again soon!

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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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