Saudi chef impresses netizens with her authentic Italian cooking skills

Saudi chef Hatoon Al-Toukhi conducts Italian cooking workshops, teaching students how to make authentic Italian sauces, pastas, and other traditional dishes. (Supplied)
Saudi chef Hatoon Al-Toukhi conducts Italian cooking workshops, teaching students how to make authentic Italian sauces, pastas, and other traditional dishes. (Supplied)
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Updated 18 July 2022

Saudi chef impresses netizens with her authentic Italian cooking skills

Saudi chef Hatoon Al-Toukhi conducts Italian cooking workshops, teaching students how to make authentic Italian traditional dish
  • The Saudi chef has a small home-based business, selling her famous tiramisu, and fresh pasta packs of lasagne, ravioli, linguini, and fusilli among others

RIYADH: Saudi chef Hatoon Al-Toukhi is being touted as one of the best authentic Italian food chefs on social media.

“It all started when I got laid off from my job because of the pandemic. Then I decided to go to the world of social media to show people how I cook Italian food, and they admired the originality of the dishes,” Al-Toukhi told Arab News.

She also showcases her Italian cooking techniques live at a number of cooking shows.

Married into an Italian family, Al-Toukhi picked up cooking techniques from her mother-in-law, learning secret tips and tricks to make the perfect Italian dishes.

It is extremely difficult to win the approval of Italians when it comes to recreating their cuisine, Al-Toukhi said, but the talented chef has received the ringing endorsement of her in-laws, and praise from other people for her cooking skills.

“My mother-in-law is Italian and they are very picky about their food and very strict and traditional. So I learned how to make the food from her, and this is how I fell in love with the cuisine, and she approves (of) it,” she said.

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Married into an Italian family, Al-Toukhi picked up cooking techniques from her mother- in-law, learning secret tips and tricks to make the perfect Italian dishes.

Al-Toukhi now conducts Italian cooking workshops, teaching students how to make authentic Italian sauces, pastas, and other traditional dishes.

With in-depth knowledge of Italian food, Al-Toukhi is also an Italian food critic and pasta taster. “Companies send me pasta before distributing to the suppliers so I can taste them and give my approval. I also grade the pastas according to the standards.”

The Saudi chef also has a small home-based business, selling her famous tiramisu, and fresh pasta packs of lasagne, ravioli, linguini, and fusilli among others.

Al-Toukhi revealed that one of the challenges she faces from the Saudi community is that her authentic Italian food is different from that served at restaurants in the Kingdom, as often they alter recipes to cater to the locals’ taste palate. “My food creates a shock for people who are used to Saudi food, but then I tell them that this is how it is originally made. Actually, this is what’s stopping me from having my own restaurant, the acceptance of the pure taste, and the availability of cooking materials.”

Currently, Al-Toukhi is developing a lifestyle radio program that combines cooking and lifestyle topics.

“I was hosting as a guest on one radio show and they liked the energy that I gave. Then the channel contacted me and told me that they wanted to give me my own radio show. I’m excited because it will not only be about cooking, but we will also talk about many social topics,” she said.

As a family, Al-Toukhi has her own traditions with her kids, Dana and Yousef, who are ten and four years old respectively, where they all enjoy a fun day of family cooking.

“When we do fresh pasta at home, everyone has to join in, including my husband, and we play with it. My son plays with it like it’s Play-Doh, and sometimes we invite my mother-in-law so it becomes like a nice family event,” she said.

 


King of Bahrain arrives in Jeddah

King of Bahrain arrives in Jeddah
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King of Bahrain arrives in Jeddah

King of Bahrain arrives in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Bahrain’s King Hamad arrived in Jeddah on Sunday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

He was received at King Abdulaziz International Airport by Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and Minster of State Prince Turki bin Muhammad.


Saudi Arabia to participate in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 

Saudi Arabia to participate in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 
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Saudi Arabia to participate in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 

Saudi Arabia to participate in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 
  • Saudi Arabia’s delegation will be headed by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha
  • The Kingdom will formulate the strategic and financial plan for the ITU and discuss international public policies for the internet

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will participate in the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union, which will be held in the Romanian capital Bucharest from Sept. 26 to Oct. 14, 2022.

The Kingdom’s delegation is headed by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha and will see the participation of Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission Dr. Mohammed Al-Tamimi.

At the conference, the Kingdom will formulate the strategic and financial plan for the ITU and discuss international public policies for the internet and the union’s role in these.

In addition to cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things will be discussed, along with plans for the World Summit on the Information Society and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said: “Countries will unite at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 to set the direction of digital transformation for years to come, for the benefit of our planet and humanity.”

According to SPA, Saudi Arabia is one of the most important member states in the ITU council due to its international and regional leadership position, its active role in creating international consensus, and its support for partnerships and cooperative work with member states in building the union’s present and future.

In 1947, the ITU became the UN’s agency for information and communication technologies.

The Plenipotentiary Conference, which is held every four years, is the highest policy-making body in the ITU, through which general policies are determined to achieve the goals of the union and the strategic and financial plans of the union for the next four years are approved.


San Marino, Saudi Arabia to finalize cooperation agreement on tourism

San Marino, Saudi Arabia to finalize cooperation agreement on tourism
Updated 25 September 2022

San Marino, Saudi Arabia to finalize cooperation agreement on tourism

San Marino, Saudi Arabia to finalize cooperation agreement on tourism
  • Microstate in northern Italy is a well-known tourist destination
  • Another agreement will see the two states cooperate on sports

ROME: The Republic of San Marino and Saudi Arabia will soon finalize a cooperation agreement on tourism, San Marino’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Luca Beccari told Arab News after a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud. 

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. 

Beccari said that the meeting covered all issues related to the “extraordinarily good bilateral cooperation” between the two states.

“We confirmed that we will increase this cooperation, particularly in the tourism sector,” he told Arab News after the meeting. 

In another meeting held in Italy at the beginning of September, Beccari and San Marino Secretary of State for Labor and Sports Teodoro Lonfernini agreed with Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, sports minister and president of Saudi Arabia’s Olympic and Paralympic Committee, to work together on a memorandum of understanding to further cooperation on sports and tourism and to continue talks soon in San Marino or Riyadh.

“The meeting we had in New York with Prince Faisal definitely represents a further important step toward this goal, which would benefit both our countries,” Beccari added. 

An enclave nestled in the northeast of Italy a few miles from the popular beach destination of Rimini, San Marino has been an independent state for 1,720 years and has a population of nearly 34,000.

With its medieval buildings, fine monuments and iconic landscapes, it is a well-known attraction for visitors to the Riviera Romagnola from all over the world.

Prince Faisal and Beccari also agreed to “work quickly” to finalize agreements on the abolition of double taxation and the promotion and protection of investments to further consolidate bilateral relations, Beccari added.


Saudi Arabia signs $10 million Financial Memorandum to solve Safer oil tanker crisis

Saudi Arabia signs $10 million Financial Memorandum to solve Safer oil tanker crisis
Updated 25 September 2022

Saudi Arabia signs $10 million Financial Memorandum to solve Safer oil tanker crisis

Saudi Arabia signs $10 million Financial Memorandum to solve Safer oil tanker crisis

Saudi Arabia signed a $10 Financial Memorandum to solve the Safer oil tanker crisis, currently anchored off the Yemeni coast, SPA reported on Sunday. 

The kingdoms royal court adviser and General Supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabiah, signed the agreement with the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, David Gressly, in New York City, on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The two officials also discussed the humanitarian and relief efforts in Yemen, and ways to confront the humanitarian, economic and environmental threats of the Safer oil tanker.

Rabiah explained that the Kingdom’s contribution comes as an extension of its efforts to save the Safer tanker and to support international efforts to prevent any potential disasters that may result from it.

It contains more than one million barrels of oil and has not been maintained since 2015.


Saudi Arabia sends fifth aid plane to Pakistan 

Saudi Arabia sends fifth aid plane to Pakistan 
Updated 25 September 2022

Saudi Arabia sends fifth aid plane to Pakistan 

Saudi Arabia sends fifth aid plane to Pakistan 

Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian organization KSRelief sent its fourth and fifth aid plane to Pakistan for victims of the deadly floods, SPA reported on Sunday. 

The humanitarian efforts were directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

The relief materials were received by the National Authority for Natural Disaster Management to be distributed to the affected people in a number of regions in Pakistan.