Fashion stars are mastering quarantine cuisine

Lebanese-Australian model Jessica Kahawaty has been brushing up on her kitchen skills during self-isolation. Instagram
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Updated 08 April 2020

Fashion stars are mastering quarantine cuisine

DUBAI: As the world continues to practice self-isolation and social distancing, our favorite models and influencers are proving to be quite the quarantine chefs. Case in point, part-Palestinian model Bella Hadid, who has been self-isolating at her family’s farm in Pennsylvania, has been trying her hand in the kitchen. When the 23-year-old isn’t spending time with her animals and showcasing choreographed dance moves on TikTok, she can be found cooking.

And naturally, Hadid has been documenting her newfound kitchen skills on her Instagram Stories. So far, the model’s quarantine cuisine has included marinated chicken and crispy marshmallow snacks, as well as a spicy, garlic chilli and ginger chicken dish. This week, the youngest Hadid sister posted a series of captioned snaps of herself cooking up chocolate chip cookies using coconut flour, butter and “way too many chocolate chips.”

In addition to spending time with animals and posting TikTok videos, part-Palestinian model Bella Hadid has been cooking. (Instagram)

Her older sister Gigi has also been documenting her prowess in the kitchen on her social media. She even has a separate highlights section of Instagram Stories entitled “From My Kitchen” on her account dedicated to showcasing the delectable treats she has cooked up, which include everything from banana muffins to pesto pasta.

Homemade pasta has also found a fan in Lebanese-Australian model Jessica Kahawaty, who jokingly captioned her most recent Instagram picture — a snap of herself enjoying a bowl of creamy pasta — “is it socially acceptable to eat pasta 5 days in a row? Asking for a friend.”

Of course, the model made sure to share a clip of her boiling the pasta on her Instagram Stories, alongside the text “Oops I did it again.” But Kahawaty didn’t stop there. The model also whipped up some chocolate cupcakes, according to her, “just because.”

Meanwhile Saudi fashion influencer Tamara Al-Gabbani took to Instagram to share a snap of a mouth-watering dish of molokhiya.

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Challenge accepted! @michaelkorsFood is medicine, and food is love. This Egyptian lentil soup is one of my favorite dishes to make for friends and family. While I can’t cook for them in person right now, I can in spirit! I'm also cooking to support the clients of God's Love We Deliver, a NYC non-profit that cooks and home-delivers medically tailored meals to individuals living with serious illness. They need our help right now to be there for their clients during the Coronavirus pandemic. I'm donating the cost of cooking for my five best friends to this beloved non-profit along with this post. To donate go to I'm challenging @loveme_rileym @brandonmaxwell @davidbonnouvrier @alexandraagoston . Now it’s your turn, show me what you're making, and tell me #WhoAreYouCookingFor! @michaelkors @godslovenyc Ingredients: 2 cups dried orange split lentils 8 cups low sodium stock, as needed 1 medium tomato, chopped 1 thin-skinned potato (like Yukon gold), cut into a small dice 1 carrot, peeled, cut in a small dice 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or cilantro Salt and pepper, to taste

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Some of the fashion stars are serving up treats for a good cause. For her part, Moroccan-Egyptian-Dutch model Imaan Hammam took to Instagram to share the recipe of one of her favorite dishes, Egyptian lentil soup, in a bid to raise awareness about the charity campaign, “Who Are You Cooking For?” an initiative that aims to provide 100,000 medically tailored meals to families in need.

Highlights from Sotheby’s auction of Orientalist art

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Highlights from Sotheby’s auction of Orientalist art

  • Here are some highlights from Sotheby’s second auction from the Najd collection of Orientalist art, online from June 8-11

‘Outside the Mosque’

Rudolf Ernst

The Austro-French painter traveled to Constantinople in the late 19th century and became passionate about Turkey’s Islamic heritage and the city’s traditional artisans. This painting — expected to sell for between $185,000 and $250,000 — is one of a series that Ernst made of mosques in the city, and depicts the tomb of Sultan Selim.

‘The Weaver’

Frederick Bridgman

After traveling to Cairo and Algeria in 1872, the American artist focused his work almost exclusively on scenes from the two North African countries. “The Weaver” depicts an Afghan girl in the interior of an Algiers home, dressed in blouse and salwar trousers and adorned with jewelry. Beside her is a tame gazelle. It is expected to fetch around $70,000.

‘The Sheikh’

John Adam Houston

The Scottish painter is best known for his historical depictions of the English Civil War, but he clearly felt an infinity with the East too, as several of his paintings, including “An Incident In The Desert” and this one are classic example of the Orientalist style. Expected to fetch around $70,000 at auction.