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An Afternoon in Morocco

By Mary Norquist

Enjoy an afternoon at the beautiful Hacienda de los Flores while experiencing delicious Moroccan food. In addition, you will see a demonstration by our guest chef, Victoria Challancin, owner of Flavors of the Sun International Cooking School and Travel right here in San Miguel.

An Afternoon in Morocco
Mujeres en Cambio
Thu, Jul 23, 2pm
Hacienda de los Flores
Hospicio 16
200 pesos
Available at La Conexión, Aldama 3 and La Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25

Victoria’s lifetime affair with history, culture, travel, and food has provided her with a broad base of knowledge, which naturally spills over into her classes and lectures. She sprinkles her lively discussions with food anthropology, ethno-botany, a bit of pyro-chemistry, and Moroccan spice and herbal lore. In her cooking classes, Victoria has taught residents and visitors to San Miguel as well as many maids and cooks who work for the expat community. She is fluent in Spanish, and also offers customized tours to Morocco, as well as Turkey, Paris, and other places.

Victoria has lived in San Miguel for 29 years and has been a part of Mujeres en Cambio since its inception. She has served on the board and as president for a number of years. Currently, Victoria serves as Board Member at Large.

In addition to the demonstration and a fabulous meal, attendees will receive a mini-Moroccan cookbook with many of the recipes served at this luncheon. Plus, we will be raffling off a beautiful piece of Moroccan jewelry (Hamsa) valued at over US$300. This symbol can be traced back to the Phoenicians. It has appeared in many cultures in this form as an apotropaic amulet for magical protection against envy, or the “evil eye.” Specifically, in North Africa it is used to refer to the hand of Fatima, the Prophet Mohammed’s daughter, who is revered as a healer and who holds a special place in Islam. This particular piece comes from Fez, Morocco, made by a jeweler in the souk who specializes in this style. The stones are turquoise, amber, coral, and lapis lazuli. Reflecting the rich mixture of materials used in North Africa, this Hand of Fatima pendant is vibrant with color. Red Mediterranean coral is associated with life-sustaining blood and is prized for its healing properties; yellow amber is used to attract sunlight and deflect darkness; turquoise is also used for protection from harm and negative energy and as a symbol of the sea and sky; lapis lazuli is prized for those seeking to attune their spirituality with the divine and the universe. And, although silver is associated with honesty and purity, other metal alloys, particularly nickel, are often used to reflect the same, as with this piece.

We hope you will join us for this very special luncheon to support Mujeres en Cambio, which is a 20-year-old nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to deserving young women in the rural areas around San Miguel de Allende. Currently we are serving more than 150 girls in secondary school and university.


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