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'Peace meal' measure provides taste of Middle East harmony

PUBLISHED: 23:50 10 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:26 05 October 2010

Kosher or Hallal... 'peace' meal for City workers

Kosher or Hallal... 'peace' meal for City workers

OFFICE workers in the City of London had a feast of both Kosher and Halal food after work in a blend of culture from Muslim, Jewish and Middle Eastern traditions. A cultural food event was staged at St Ethelburga’s in Bishopsgate, the centre opened by Prince Charles five years ago with its Bedouin tent and peace garden in the heart of the Square Mile

Mike Brooke

OFFICE workers in the City of London had a feast of both Kosher and Halal food after work in a blend of culture from across Muslim, Jewish and Middle Eastern traditions.

A cultural food event was staged at St Ethelburga’s in Bishopsgate, the centre opened by Prince Charles five years ago with its Bedouin tent and peace garden in the heart of the ancient Square Mile.

The recipes being used had been passed down through generations from mothers to daughters, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, which were shared among guests in an evening of food, stories and song.

The Cooking from the Heart’ event included a three course meal, live music from the Middle East performed by Merit Stephanos and Abdul Kheir and a chance to meet people from various cultures.

Now the organisers, the London-based Hafla charity promoting cultural events for peace in the Middle East, are getting requests for more Cooking from the Heart’ in both in Britain and Israel.

www.hafla.org

St Ethelburga’s Peace centre opened by Prince Charles in 2003 is housed in a former medieval church now devoted to exploring relationships between faith and conflict—it was badly damaged in an IRA bombing in the 1990s.

Its aim today is providing a tranquil space right in the hub of the busy Square Mile to bring together people of different faiths.

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