I enjoyed some of the best food of my life in my early twenties, traveling through Morocco. With little money in my pocket, I ate where and what I could afford. I'd cook from the markets with friends I met traveling, or enjoy mint tea and pastries for a treat, or visit the homes of my Moroccan friends where their mothers taught me how to make semolina bread, preserve lemons and cure olives.
Those flavors, rich and aromatic and full, have influenced my cooking since. I love the heady perfume of turmeric, cumin, chiles, dried fruit and fresh herbs. From time-to-time, those rich flavors, reminiscent of North African cooking, find their way to my kitchen where I make dishes inspired by those I tasted - sweetened by dried fruit and redolent of spice.