Our last day in Jordan was one to delve into the gastronomic side of Jordan and a day to really satisfy our tastebuds. After a final wander around the downtown markets to pick up bags of aromatic spices, freshly ground coffee and some olives to take home, we headed to Beit Sitti cooking school. This little gem is located in a beautiful house in Amman’s picturesque neighborhood of Weibdeh, home to the city’s artistic community and cultural influencers.
Once inside, we were greeted by Maria, who expertly guides you through the basics of Jordanian cuisine with recipes taught to her as a young child by her grandma. The school’s building itself was once her grandmother’s house – which is what Beit Sitti translates to mean – visible in the small touches of hand-embroidered antique chairs and collection of family portraits hanging on the walls. The eclectic and homely feel of the kitchen, enhanced by the overwhelming wafts of spices and baking bread, makes for cozy surroundings while you slice, stir and sizzle to cook up Jordan’s best dishes. We rustled up some maklouba, a traditional upside-down dish of chicken, rice and potatoes alongside several smoked aubergine dips and a farmer’s salad. Once finished, the dish was an explosion of flavor and our best meal in Jordan – made all the more satisfying by knowing we cooked it ourselves.
Lunch was swiftly followed up by a quick session of wine tasting en route to the airport, finishing up our epic trip in signature style. We headed to the showroom of family-run vineyard, Zumot wines, to meet the expert vintner Omar Zumot. Well known for his pioneering of Jordan as a leading wine making region, Zumot’s vineyards are fertiliser- and pesticide-free and irrigated by a carp-filled fishpond, culminating in wines that are completely organic and dangerously tempting when you’ve got a flight to catch.
And so it was a regrettable case of sip up and zip off to the airport to bring what has been a really brilliant week to an end. Words like incredible and amazing tend to be thrown around but their true definition barely does justice to the mind-blowing sights, welcoming people and mouth-watering food that we’ve encountered this week in Jordan. We think it’s safe to say that we packed as much as we could into our short time here but we’re still sad to head back to reality and bid farewell – until the next time.