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Monday, January 28, 2013

Flavors of Morocco: Healthy Eating

carrot salad
carrot salad

It is the middle of January, the winter doldrums, I need some spice in my life. So, I headed down to Williams Sonoma's for a free Taste of Morocco cooking class. Morocco is a country in North Africa that is probably most famous for being the setting of the movie Casablanca in this country than for it's aromatic tagine cooking. 

William Sonoma, a quality cooking store, offers weekly free classes and more involved paid cooking classes on a regular bases. Check out their schedule

I got to sample and see prepared:





The carrot parsnip salad was my favorite. I can't say that I ever ate raw parsnip before, but I liked them in this salad. I sometimes find carrot salads to be too sweet, but parsnips only have a slightly sweet taste, so they helped to bring the sweetness level down a notch. The exotic Moroccan spice mix Harissa which is a smoky blend of chili flavors also helped to make this a really balanced salad.  The flavors were a warming, yet fresh, burst of tastes that I really needed during this grim cold time of year. 

The cookbook that was recommended at the class is by Mourad Lahlou who grew up in Morocco and has created a beautifully illustrated collection of modernized versions of his childhood favorites. 




Weekly Menu Plan:


Sunday: Mushroom Risotto and Kale

Meatless Monday: Baked Spaghetti Squash & Zucchini


Wednesday: Trader Joe's Asian Vegetable Stir Fry with Egg & Brown Rice

Thursday: Spaghetti & Meatballs (from the freezer) with Salad


Saturday: Pasta Fagioli (from the freezer)

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Note: I am not under any type of affiliate or advertising contract with William Sonoma at this time. My opinion of this store is unbiased by any type of business relationship.
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7 comments:

  1. I'm going to have to see if the Williams Sonoma near me does free cooking classes. That sounds like so much fun! I confess to being a little iffy on whether I'd like the salad though.

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    1. I would think they all do classes and they do them on all different types of food.

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  2. I'm glad you like this salad!
    We also eat it a lot in my country and I LOVE it

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    1. I was surprised that parsnips and carrots are part of Mediterranean cuisine, but the chef reminded us that in this area a lot of foods were traditionally traded if not grown in the country.

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  3. Thanks for the tip, I will check out their site. I have always wanted to take a cooking class.

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    1. They are great... especially for a free class.

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