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Learn to make Chicken Tagine and Eggplant Salad in a private online class!

4.93 (14 Reviews)
Approximately 1.5 hours
English

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Your host Chamsi
Chamsi says that coming to Morocco can be overwhelming – in a good way! The sounds, the smells, and the local culture can be a mystery to visitors and cooking with Chamsi is the perfect way to dig beneath the surface and connect with local life in a more personal and meaningful way. Chamsi is an Algerian-Canadian, married to a Moroccan. She and her husband have lived in Casablanca for three years and in that time she has come to love the local way of life. Of course, food has been central to her experience! She has learned the ins and outs of Moroccan cooking from the best home-cook she knows – her mother in law, Lala Naima. They believe that true, authentic Moroccan food is best when prepared at home and she is excited to share her recipes with travelers. Chamsi is a professional photographer and has a great sense of color and texture, which means her food is both delicious and pleasing to the eye! Join Chamsi for a masterclass on Sat, 30 May and learn to make traditional Moroccan chicken tagine (chicken pieces braised with spices, garlic, onion, olives, and preserved lemons) and zaalouk (a Moroccan salad of cooked eggplant and tomatoes).

Highlights
  • Learn to make two traditional Moroccan dishes from an expert home cook
  • This one-time, group class will be held at 11am PDT, 1pm CDT, 2pm EDT on Sat, 30 May (6pm WET for your host)
  • A fun online class with a Casablanca resident
  • This is a group class and you will be joined by other participants as well
  • You will need a cast iron pot with a lid (or tagine if you have one), a double-boiler or a pot with a strainer and a potato masher
  • Recipes, ingredients list, host contact information and video link will be emailed in advance of class
  • Travel from your own home and learn culinary traditions of Morocco!
What will you cook together
  • Traditional Moroccan chicken tagine (a savory slow-cooked stew)
  • Zaalouk (a Moroccan salad of cooked eggplant and tomatoes)
Ingredients
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  • 1 preserved or fresh lemon
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 large white or yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or pressed
  • 1 small handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground ginger (or fresh ginger, grated)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled (optional)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 handfuls olives (green, red or mixed)
  • 1 cup water (approximately)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 large eggplants, diced
  • 3 tomatoes with skin removed, roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or less, to taste)

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Online Class Reviews
4.93 (14 Reviews)
23 July 2020
"Team had a great time and by all account the resulting food was lovely! Great job."
Andrew Riggsby 8 July 2020
"Two great dishes, one customized to re-create a tagine my wife and I once ate on our honeymoon. Lively teacher with easy-to-follow instructions, good miscellaneous tips, and interesting background on Moroccan cuisine more generally. A lot of fun!"
Aaron R. 23 June 2020
"Chamsi was extremely accommodating with our schedule and was such a gracious host, even with our virtual cooking class! Made for a wonderful experience and we can't wait to do another one!"
Andrew 15 June 2020
"We had a wonderful time with Chamsi! It was great to have one-on-one instruction from someone's own kitchen. We learned, laughed, and ate together - got a slice of each other's country and cultures, and had a fantastic time doing it!"
Kaethe 6 June 2020
"Chamsi led a wonderful virtual-live class on Zoom to teach about 8 of us to make two of her favorite Moroccan dishes: Tajine chicken and eggplant "salad". The class was quite fun and participatory. I wish I had done a bit more chopping ahead of time to be better prepared, but Chamsi was very knowledgeable and patient and gave us time to ask our questions and catch up if needed. All told a wonderful experience and good way to spend a rainy quarantine Saturday morning!"
Graham Mulligan 31 May 2020
"The proof is in the eating. When I saw this class on the Traveling Spoon I went out and bought a tagine and registered right away. I visited Morocco over 50 years ago but never thought about cooking back then. Morocco is high on my list of places to visit (revisit) after Covid-19 is over. A big reason is for the food. So this class was already going to be good as I read through the descriptions and recipes. I like to do as much prep beforehand as possible so I can attend to the actual cooking so I was ready when the internet connection joined me to far-away Morocco along with 7 or 8 others, mostly from the US. Our connection online was good but the audio was weak and broke up on occasion. No problem. Chamsi followed her written recipe and I had it printed out before me. And I had done all the prep, so the audio issue didn't bother me. The class features two dishes, a tajine of chicken and olives and a warm eggplant salad called Zaalouk. The Zaalouk is eaten as a spread, either warm of cold. I tried it warm on a toasted naan bread and loved the comforting flavours of cummin and paprika with the soft texture of the eggplant and tomato. I didn't tuck into the tajine chicken until later in the afternoon, reheating it and adding some small Warba potatoes to soak up the ample juices. I recall Chamsi saying that in Morocco the juices are soaked up with a baguette. For sure next time I will do it that way and I will have prepared preserved lemons instead of fresh in hopes of getting even more authentic. Oh yes, and the olives. I will use green olives instead of kalamatas, although the kalamatas were good and didn't detract from the dish. The proof is in the eating and these two dishes will make it onto the 'make again' list for sure."
Jo 30 May 2020
"My daughter and I really enjoyed Chamsi's class. She did an excellent job with any questions"
Lakshmi 14 May 2020
"Chamsi was wonderful- she was engaging and shared her passion for food and culture during our class. She was encouraging during each step of the cooking process. At the end, she set her table and ate her meal with her family just like we were doing. So fun!! "
Lisa 11 May 2020
"My sister and I did a class with Chamsi and it was such a nice way to connect and have fun while separated! Chamsi set a fun atmosphere and kept us moving through the recipe. I’ve already booked another class and invited a friend who I haven’t seen in awhile and would have fun doing this activity with!"
Sravan Kakani 5 May 2020
"Chamsi is an enthusiastic and patient teacher. Her friendly nature was not only apparent in her teaching but also in her family. I highly recommend her as a cooking instructor!"
AS 5 May 2020
"Thank you Chamsi! We had such a good time learning to make Tagine with you. Stay safe! -Amit(USA)"
Lynn Clemons 26 April 2020
"Chamsi was wonderful. My whole family was in the zoom. She was so nice, took us into her beautiful kitchen and taught us about delicious Moroccan cooking. She taught us more than just the recipes, along with some good technique. Loved Chamsi!! She was so nice and charming. It was something fun to do during the Coronavirus and gloomy Wisconsin weather. Thank you!! "
Maurice 25 April 2020
"Our experience cooking Moroccan Tajine with Chamsi was delightful. It felt like an physical and intimate experience as we met her family and learned a bit about the history behind Moroccan Tajine as well as her own background. Her entire family was very friendly and welcoming. The cooking process felt professional and the pace was good. We enjoyed chatting with Chamsi, sharing stories and taking photos over Zoom. The final meal was amazing!! I’m sure this isn’t our last encounter with Chamsi. We hope there will be more Moroccan meal offerings in the future with traveling spoon. It was nice to meet you Chamsi! Thank you!"
Giuseppe 23 April 2020
"Chamsi was an extraordinary Host and a so sweet person, we learned a lot not only about the tasty recipe but above all about her and her story. We certainly felt connected with her like old friends even if online. We hope to see you in person !! Ciao Giuseppe and Chiara"
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HOW IT WORKS
  • Submit a request and get connected with your host
  • Pay invoice sent to your email and receive confirmation details and class link
  • Meet your host online at your agreed time for your private cooking lesson!
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours before event