16 November 2011
What are your future plans for your channel and how will being a YouTube Next Chef help?
My future plans are to continue making delicious Moroccan and Mediterranean recipes. I also developed a new segment called “Alia’s Tips”, which are 1-2 minutes videos with quick kitchen tips that can save you a ton of time! I am planning to continue improving this new segment and add more tips.
Finally, I am working on another project titled “International Cooking With Alia” where I am going to feature international cooks who will show us how to prepare dishes from their native countries!
My main goal is to empower viewers, who after watching my videos, think “oh, it’s so easy, even me can prepare this dish!”. I test my recipes multiple times before filming them and let the ‘engineer’ in me design and edit the videos into clear step-by-step instructions that even novice cooks can follow. I also want to show the world the amazing flavors of Moroccan cuisine but also tell them about my culture and my country that may seem so exotic at first glance. In my own way, I try to bridge the Arab and Western cultures, which unfortunately, have drifted apart in the past decade. For instance, I celebrated Thanksgiving with a video on how to make a “Pumpkin Pie with a Moroccan Twist” by adding orange blossom water and honey to the pie filling, and Ramadan with a video on how to prepare Algerian dates dipped in Belgian chocolate. By using familiar ingredients in a foreign dish, I aim to remove the veil of the unknown and spark interest in an unfamiliar culture.
If you were to cook yourself a celebration meal, what would it be?
My celebration mean would include the following amazing flavors from Morocco:
1- Appetizer: Shrimp Bastila (Moroccan filo dough pies filled with vermicelli and shrimp mixture)
2- Main Dish: Couscous with Vegetables
3- Dessert- Moroccan cookies with Mint Tea
My favorite cookies are the Moroccan cookies made with almond paste and rolled in sesame seeds, they are called Gazelle Horns 9because they are shaped as gazelle horns.