Morocco is home to Marrakesh and Fez, some of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities with histories spanning back more than 4000 years. Put a lot of people in close proximity for a long enough time and I think you will inevitably end up with a tradition of sharing tasty snacks! Another universal is that pretty much everybody everywhere loves to save time and effort, so even the most traditional recipes can find novel ways to take advantage of new technology to make things quicker and easier.
In this fun, hands-on workshop, Fatima Khlifi offers a bit of both; a mix of old-world flavours and new-world convenience. The class will walk you through recipes and techniques for three traditional Moroccan treats: savoury m’semen and sweet baghrir, served with fresh Moroccan mint tea. As an added bonus, Fatima will show you some cool, time-saving techniques using her favourite state-of-the-art kitchen tool, the Thermomix TM6, that combines all the benefits of a food processor and a multi-cooker into an award-winning, all-in-one appliance. (Super helpful, but not at all required to make these dishes).
M’semen is a traditional flatbread originally from the Maghreb, common to Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. It can be served plain, maybe with a little honey for breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee, or as a heartier snack stuffed with spiced minced beef or a mix of carrots, peas, potatoes and cheese. Here the Thermomix is used to mix and knead the dough, which is then stretched out thin to be folded over the fillings and griddled.
Baghrir is known as the “thousand-hole crepe“, a traditional Moroccan yeasted semolina pancake that is cooked only on one side, revealing a multitude of tiny holes on top, kind of like a crumpet — perfect for soaking up delicious toppings like butter and honey, jam, or amlou, a delicious spread of toasted almonds, argan oil and honey. For this recipe, the Thermomix is simply used as a blender, and the crepes are finished traditional way in a pan.
The best companion for any Moroccan gathering is piping hot, traditional Moroccan mint tea, made with fresh mint leaves — and with it’s built-in heating functionality the Themomix can even help with this!
Fatima Khlifi is passionate about cooking and technology. A French teacher who grew up surrounded by a diverse world of food, she loves to discover, and rediscover, gastronomic ideas. She enjoys sharing family recipes and exploring North African gastronomy through pop-up food events, and fun virtual or face-to-face cooking classes. Fatima is also works with Thermomix to develop recipes and promote the remarkable capabilities of their kitchen tools. You can follow her on Facebook and instagram @faticookinmix_canada
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