I recently had the opportunity to take part in an informal class on how to make a kanoon, which is a primitive-type of stove or burner. Our ancestors used them in the rural areas to heat their foods or drinks. I was thrilled to learn that a lady in a Shouf village was still making them and was willing to impart her knowledge.
A kanoon is made with a paste made-up of adobe, donkey dung and straw, shaped by hand and dried in the sun till set. I had been reading a book on Tunisian cuisine and saw that back in Tunisia, they used the same implement in the kitchen and it is called by the same name. Who knows, maybe this was a Phoenician import into North Africa from the Lebanese coastline!
Here below are a few pictures of the process. It is similar to working with play dough or wet clay. Once the “dough” is shaped, building the kanoon can take a couple of hours and drying it a whole day in the dry heat. Then it is ready to be used. We actually used it later on to make Turkish coffee, by filling it with coal.
This was a nice treat by our instructor, plucked from her garden.
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