Thank you to Heschel parent Jaclyn Klimitz for guest writing this blog post.
Last Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the first Adult Education event of this year, “Cooking with Moreh David: Shabbat Dinner Moroccan Style”. There were many highlights of the evening for me. As someone who loves food and who enjoys cooking, I love getting inspired by new recipes or new tips I had never known before. Of course, the idea that Shabbat dinner can be on the table in thirty minutes is almost a fantasy, but with the tips from Moreh David and Heschel parent Dani Plant, I see how it can be possible.
The evening started off with delicious, fresh mint tea while taking time to connect with fellow parents and members of the Heschel community. After hearing an insightful D’var Torah, we started with sampling various appetizers including humus, pita chips, baba ganoush, bourekas, Israeli salad and a pickle tray. Next, Moreh David demonstrated how he makes braised Moroccan salmon. It was really interesting to hear his tips on spice, flavour, nutrition and the role of the Shabbat dinner table. Moreh David was assisted with helpful “translations” by Dani Plant. We all learned that “used food” is really “leftovers” (something which there was none of after the event was over).
After watching Moreh David prepare the food, instantly we were able to try the main dish! This was also served with couscous, sweet carrots and spicy chickpeas (my personal favourite of the evening). After we sampled everything, we were taught how to make the various side dishes and there was an opportunity to ask questions.
In between the formal presentations, we were able to socialize, enjoy the delicious food, laugh and spend time together in ways that we haven’t done before. For dessert, we learned how to make tahini chocolate chip cookies (which were delicious) and we were even given a bag so we could share the cookies with family at home (my kids enjoyed them for breakfast the next morning). Special thanks to Dani Plant, Moreh David, the organizers, the helpers and everyone who contributed to such a fun, uplifting, delicious evening. I can’t wait for the next one!