Leila - North Iran (for mobile viewing, view in landscape)

  • Leila:  Jafari Ghormeh (Persian Meatballs)
  • Leila: Anaar Mosamma - Pomegranate Chicken Stew
  • Leila: Tahchin (Persian Rice Cake layered with Eggplant - V)
Experience Schedule (menus below)
Monday Jan 25 6:00pm-7:30pm
20 spots available
Leila: Jafari Ghormeh (Persian Meatballs)
$25.00 Sign up now
Monday Feb 8th 6:00pm-7:30pm
20 spots available
Leila: Anaar Mosamma
$25.00 Sign up now
Sunday Feb 21 5:30pm-7:00pm
20 spots available
Leila: Tahchin (Persian Rice Cake layered with Eggplant
$25.00 Sign up now

Private online experiences:

A great way to connect with family who live far away, and during this time when we cannot gather in person.   A fun way to spend time with friends, and a great team building activity for companies, schools, parent groups and clubs.  Any group!

Online experiences:

All online culinary adventures include interactive cooking instruction, a pdf packet with our host's family recipes and a video recording of the experience.  Culinary adventures are 1.5 hours in duration, and are co-hosted with In My Kitchen founder Paula Mohammed, on zoom.   Our online culinary adventures require a minimum of 4 registrants to ensure they go ahead as scheduled.

Here’s how it works:

After registration you’ll receive an email with your shopping list and equipment list.  A day before your experience you will receive your zoom link and recipe packet.

At the scheduled time of your culinary adventure, you’ll click on the Zoom link and join your session live! Afterwards, you will receive a link to a video recording of your experience that you can revisit at your leisure.

In My Kitchen Delivery (coming soon):

Have your ingredients delivered the day of your your online culinary adventure.  Ingredients will be "mise en place"; measured out and ready to go.  Included in your In My Kitchen box will be some select favourite ingredients from our hosts. This makes a great gift idea, team building event or your own private event with your friends and family.  For more info email:info@inmykitchen.ca

Immersion experiences:

All Immersion experiences  include a light snack upon arrival, approximately 2.5 hours of "in the kitchen" time, learning the recipes and participating in making the dishes, a full dinner shared together, and a booklet of recipes and in-depth culinary info. Not available during COVID-19

Cooking with Leila

When you meet Leila, you will feel you have made a new lifelong friend.  Leila's generous hospitality and passion for people and cooking is infectious.  There is nothing Leila loves more than introducing her recipes and food to new friends.  


Leila: Jafari Ghormeh (Persian Meatballs)

Leila:  Jafari Ghormeh (A Gilani stew of meatballs, herbs and eggplant)

Persian meatballs in a parsley stew, served with eggplants and Persian rice.  A very popular Persian dish typical of the Gilani province where Leila is from.

Leila: Anaar Mosamma

Leila:  Anaar Mosamma (Pomegranate Chicken Stew)

Pomegranate is considered the “fruit of Paradise and love” and is the mother of ancient Persian fruits.   This dish is a specialty of the northern provinces of Iran.  Leila adds fragrant herbs which is typical of the Gilani province.  

Leila: Tahchin (Persian Rice Cake layered with Eggplant


Persian rice cake layered with saffron, yogurt, egg and fried eggplant.  The goal is to obtain Tahdig (crispy layer) over Tahchin every time.  Your family will be asking for repeats of this simple, tasty and colourful dish.

Get to know Leila:

Where were you born?

I was born in Rasht, Iran.

Rasht is a very unique area of Iran and is near the Caspian sea.

Can you tell us a little bit about your family?

Both of my grand mothers had roots connected to Baku (Capitol of Azerbaijan).

I was raised in a mixed food culture, two very strong food cities (Rasht and Tabriz)

My grandpa moved from Tabriz (a city at the border of turkey) to my city to start a rice exporting business, later my dad took over the business and I grew up learning what is the best rice and how to cook it .

When and how did you develop your love for cooking?

Since I was a little girl ,my mom had an older lady who helped her at home, l would always sit next to her in the kitchen watch her and my mom  do all the preparations. My mom is a very patient lady, she would let me cook and bake and make a huge mess.

How do you express your love for cooking and culture?

I love to cook and bake it¹s therapeutic for me. I love to mix ingredients and create new recipes,I really enjoy cooking for friends and family it¹s very satisfying for me.

What are some of your favourite ingredients to use?

I love to use saffron, we call it the happy spice. Eggplant, I can make endless dishes with eggplant, last but not least RICE !

What makes Iranian cuisine special?

Iranian cuisine is special because we have lots of varieties ,lots of whole foods, great use of spices and lots of nutritional foods.

Do you have a cooking philosophy?

Yup the famous one! The way to anybody¹s heart is through their stomach:)


“The way to anybody's heart is through their stomach!”