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Photo by Julius Honnor
A selection of Moroccan salads
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Baking bread, Fez-medina style
What’s Moroccan food got to do with Barcelona you may be thinking? Well, quite a lot as it happens. During the Muslim occupation that lasted from around 711 to 1492, when the last of the Moors were finally expelled from Granada, Spanish gastronomy changed hugely. It was the Moorish courts for example who introduced the concept of the three-course dinner consisting of soups or salads, a main course and something sweet; and their cooks who inspired the mixing of meat with fruit.
Inevitably then, my journey into the gastronomic heritage of Spain and Catalunya led me back to Morocco and I’ve spent the past three years going in and out of the country learning about cuisine on the other side of the Mediterranean. This culminated, but by no means ended, with the publication of my first cookbook Clock Book: recipes from a modern Moroccan kitchen last November.
On the back of it, I am teaching a mini course in Moroccan cookery on October 27th and November 3rd at Deli Shop, Passeig de Sant Joan 13, priced €40 per session (in Castilian, though I can translate into English if needed) and there are still some places left.
The first session covers Moroccan breads and pastries, the second a diffa (Moroccan banquet) style dinner party brimming with the exotic flavours of Arabian nights.
Day 1: Oct 27th, 8pm-11pm
Khobz: traditional Moroccan bread
B’stilla: a crisp pastry stuffed with chicken and almonds and dusted with sugar and cinnamon, or, with seafood and herbs
Briouat: crisp pastries stuffed with nuts and drenched in honey
Day 2: 3rd Nov, 8pm-11pm
Three traditional salads: zaalouk (aubergines and mint), shlada del barba (beetroot in cumin and anis with goat's cheese) and carrot, orange and cumin.
Lamb tagine with saffron, ginger and pears
Orange and date cheesecake
Of course you’ll get to sample the fruits of your labours at the end of the class. The sessions will be peppered with stories and anecdotes about food and ingredients in Morocco, as well as tales of my own travels. I’ll also be signing books for those who want them.
It should be a fun evening and I’d be delighted to see any Metropolitan readers there. For booking, click here.