One of my daughters has a poster in her room that speaks to me. It says
“Eat Well. Travel Often.”
We joke that the adage could say “Eat Often. Travel Well.” and it would also speak to me! Maybe that’s why whenever we travel I try to find a local cooking class and/or small local restaurants to try so we can experience the cuisine of the area.
A recent example is a cooking class I took in Marrakech, Morocco last spring with my daughter Katie and a few friends. The proprietor of our riad (a small Marrakesh hotel with an interior garden) recommended a local woman who offered cooking classes out of her home. We met the family, shared mint tea and cookies, and made a traditional chicken and vegetable dish cooked in a tagine. The ingredients she had picked up that morning at a market in the souk were not quite as shiny and perfect as those in our grocery stores, but they were delicious! Even better, we learned about the typical family routine, kneaded the bread, cut the vegetables, and later shared a mid-day meal with our instructor and her family.
When I arrived home, I became obsessed with learning more about Moroccan cooking. Two of my favorite cookbooks are The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert and New Moroccan by Mourad Lahlou. I learned so much, not just about the food but also about the regions and culture of the country. Another reason to love travel!
If you’d like to try a Moroccan recipe I adapted for the slow cooker (Lamb Tagine with Chickpeas and Apricots), just call or email me. We can share recipes and maybe even brainstorm some occasions to Eat Well and Travel Often (and/or Eat Often and Travel Well!).