WWE stars show off cooking skills in ‘Social Kitchen’

Rhyno and Heath Slater cooking their steaks under the supervision of Basma El-Khereiji in her ‘Social Kitchen’ ahead of the official opening of the restaurant. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 01 May 2018
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WWE stars show off cooking skills in ‘Social Kitchen’

  • The stars took part in a steak-cooking session at Jeddah's Social Kitchen
  • Slater was thrilled to be a part of the session and said that he was enjoying his trip to Jeddah

JEDDAH: WWE stars Rhyno and Heath Slater participated in a steak-cooking session in Jeddah on Thursday under the supervision of “Social Kitchen” restaurant owner Basma El-Khereiji.

The guests were warmly welcomed by the chef. 

“I started in marketing and advertising but I didn’t like it so then I decided to pursue food as my career because that is what makes me happy,” she told them.

 

Food stories

Rhyno and Slater then grabbed their cooking gear and followed the chef’s instructions throughout the session.

The wrestlers were thrilled as they chatted and shared their food stories while they grilled their steaks. 

“I will definitely make this for my family once I go back home,” Heath said.

When their steaks were done they made gnocchi pasta, made with potatoes. Rhino was thrilled as he is from an Italian background. 

When they were finished cooking, the WWE stars presented their dishes to the chef for tasting and judging. She tried both dishes and decided it was a tie. 

Basma El-Khereiji guides Heath Slater. (AN photo)

“I have learned so much today thanks to chef Basma,” Slater said.

“I can handle both of them pretty well I think; This proves size doesn’t matter,” El-Khereiji  joked.

Slater was thrilled to be a part of the session and said that he was enjoying his trip to Jeddah. “The people have been great so far, they are very warm and welcoming,” he said.

Later, when the wrestlers were finished with their food, they chatted with the audience and took pictures with fans.

The restaurant is soon to open officially and the first guests could not have been more special for Basma.

“I had a great time with the wrestlers and hopefully you will come and have a great meal too,” she said in a message to the people of Jeddah.


Camel racing: An Arabian sport loved by the region’s people

Updated 14 August 2018
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Camel racing: An Arabian sport loved by the region’s people

  • Camel racing is among the most famous traditional sports in the Arab world
  • The camels that take part in races are known as “Thaluls” in Arabic

RIYADH: Camel racing is among the most famous traditional sports in the Arab world, which even dates back to the pre-Islamic era, when tribes organized the races to show off the strong camels they owned.
The races continued during the subsequent Islamic era, promoting the practicing of equestrian sports and bravery.
Prophet Muhammad’s companions were known for camel racing.
The camels that take part in races are known as “thaluls” in Arabic, or riding camels.
Among the most famous ones are: Thalul Al-Hurra (aka The Free Camel), as well as those from central and northern the Arabian Peninsula, such as Aseela, from the Thalul Al-Hurra breed, and the Omani Thaluls, known for being a graceful, slim and noble type of camels.
And the Sudanese Thaluls, which are known for the strength and patience and adapting to the challenging desert conditions.
The camels are known for their tolerance to thirst and traveling longer distances than horses.
Though camels are slightly slower than horses, some types of camels have traveled distances on speed that exceeds those of horses, as good camels can travel 40 kilometers continuously in one hour.
Good racing camels are known for specific characteristics that distinguish them from other camels, such as light weight, small palms, large chest size, long legs and long tail.
Racing camels undergo a special diet to help them get rid of excess fats, and the most important foods they feed on are dates, milk, honey, dry grass and corn.