A visit from Merhdad Mesghali – 28th January 2019
Year 4 were treated, this afternoon, to a visit from Merhdad Mesghali one of our parents.
Mr Mesghali is from Iran. He told us where Iran is and that it is 15 times the size of uk. It borders with Russia and so is cold in the north but very hot in the south. It’s in the Middle East.
The language spoken by Mr Mesghali is Farsi.
He told us that 80% of Iranian meals are served with rice (pollo).
They like a lot of kebabs – but not donner kebabs.
He told us about the sour berries called Zereshk. These are soaked in a hot water and sugar solution with saffron (a spice which is worth more than gold).
We made Salad Olivieh with eggs, mayonnaise, potatoes, chicken, peas and gherkins. This is a picnic meal which is often served 13 days after the Iranian new year (No Rooz). On this day, we also learned that girls can tie knots in grass for their future husbands!!
Then, we all tasted a traditional chicken dish. It was made with rice, chicken and zereshk. The rice is cooked with some salt but this is removed after the rice is fluffy. Then, the rice is cooked with saffron and the crispy bottom is called Tahdig. Everyone tried a bit. Most of us thought it was delicious and some even rated it a million out of 10.
Mr Mesghali also made enough to share with the teachers after school. Mr Marshall ate a lot and said it was yummy!!!