Ty and I joined Nathalie and eight other food lovers to create a wonderful Moroccan dinner, led by clay-cooking Maestra Nathalie, in the kitchen high in the sky above the Art Vallarta studio. Photo below by Debbie Berlin.
Here’s the description from Nathalie’s website:
Food is Art when prepared with heart and soul. We will explore every aspect of la comida international. Down to the vessel it is prepared in, selection of ingredients, how the sauce is stirred and the moments of presentation & enjoyment.
Cooking Classes and Events will be held in an handcrafted Mexican tile ART Kitchen in the Romantic Zone. Puerto Vallarta on the 8th Floor of the San Franciscan complex over looking the fabulous Bay of Vallarta. 213 Calle Pilitas, Emiliano Zapata, half a block off Olas Altas in the heart of the Romantic Zone.
Holy Mole Moroccan Cooking Class – The Menu:
Pomegranate Mint Cocktail
Moroccan Meatballs with dipping sauce
Chicken Almond Bastilla
Dried salted tomatoes, olives, preserved lemons and vegetable fish Tagine
Traditional Vegetable Tagine with Lamb Merguez Sausage and Ras El Hanout spice
Preserved Lemons and Pomegranate Molasses
Rose water and spices steamed couscous grain
Traditional Yogurt Cake, orange blossom ice cream with fruits (Photo below by Debbie Berlin)
Wine, Mint Tea and Coffee
Each of us contributed to making the dinner, from slicing the tomatoes, to grilling the meatballs and chicken, to preparing the fillo pastry, to slicing the fish and preparing the shrimp, to grinding the spices with mortar and pestle.
While we worked the multi-talented Froylan Hernandez serenaded us on his guitar.
All the dishes were cooked on the gas stove-top in clay vessels, including a beautiful tagine made by Froylan, topped with a delightful little ceramic blowfish.
After everything was prepared and cooked, we sat down to dinner on Nathalie’s delightful terrace overlooking Banderas Bay to enjoy the fruits of our labours – fantastic!
See more here.
For more info about Art Vallarta click here.