Vegan Salads: Roasted Heirloom Carrots with Ras el Hanout

What is Ras el Hanout?  It literally means “head of shop” or “top shelf” in Arabic and includes the most prized spices of the particular region. Some mix 30 spices into their special blend.  I first discovered it on my travels to Morocco, and once I made it the first time, I found ways to… Continue reading Vegan Salads: Roasted Heirloom Carrots with Ras el Hanout

Vegan Salads: Roasted Heirloom Carrots with Ras el Hanout

What is Ras el Hanout?  It literally means “head of shop” or “top shelf” in Arabic and includes the most prized spices of the particular region. Some mix 30 spices into their special blend.  I first discovered it on my travels to Morocco, and once I made it the first time, I found ways to… Continue reading Vegan Salads: Roasted Heirloom Carrots with Ras el Hanout

Moroccan cooking: Caring for your first Tagine

Vegetable tagine cooking Getting your first Tagine is a moment to be remembered. But, it is a bit like a pet and needs to be cared for.  First, soak the tagine overnight in enough water to cover it like a big bucket.  Season tagine. This means brushing it with oil and baking it to seal… Continue reading Moroccan cooking: Caring for your first Tagine

Moroccan cooking: Caring for your first Tagine

Vegetable tagine cooking Getting your first Tagine is a moment to be remembered. But, it is a bit like a pet and needs to be cared for.  First, soak the tagine overnight in enough water to cover it like a big bucket.  Season tagine. This means brushing it with oil and baking it to seal… Continue reading Moroccan cooking: Caring for your first Tagine

Moroccan recipes: The Best Couscous

Ingredients (Serves 4): 1 cup couscous 1 cup water 1 teaspoon olive oil ½ teaspoon salt Mix olive oil and salt with couscous in a large shallow pan or bowl. Rub like sand so oil coats all couscous granules. Make a sand like texture. Add a little water, about ¼ cup just until it soaks… Continue reading Moroccan recipes: The Best Couscous

Moroccan desserts: Flourless Orange Cardamom-Ginger Cake

Oranges from Morocco Every breakfast you could be sure to be offered fresh mint tea and orange juice. But, it wasn’t until we hiked the Atlas mountains that we saw how abundant oranges were. They made them look so good and refreshing in their natural mountain refrigeration system.  The waterfall and streams cut through the… Continue reading Moroccan desserts: Flourless Orange Cardamom-Ginger Cake

Moroccan desserts: Flourless Orange Cardamom-Ginger Cake

Oranges from Morocco Every breakfast you could be sure to be offered fresh mint tea and orange juice. But, it wasn’t until we hiked the Atlas mountains that we saw how abundant oranges were. They made them look so good and refreshing in their natural mountain refrigeration system.  The waterfall and streams cut through the… Continue reading Moroccan desserts: Flourless Orange Cardamom-Ginger Cake

Moroccan recipes: Salade Mechouia

This is the national dish of Morocco. If you look at the flag, you will see a red background with a green star in the middle. This dish is made with roasted peppers and tomato to symbolize those colors. Similarly, Italy’s national dish is caprese salad because the basil, mozzarella and tomato remind you of… Continue reading Moroccan recipes: Salade Mechouia

Moroccan recipes: Shlada (Tomato-Cucumber Salad)

Hiking the Atlas mountains burnt us out. The sun was shining so bright, we could barely see each other without our sunglasses. When we finally sat down to eat on rugs, on a rooftop nestled in the mountains, we were so happy to drink up this cool salad. It was just the start to the… Continue reading Moroccan recipes: Shlada (Tomato-Cucumber Salad)

Moroccan recipes: Green Beans with Chermoula

This sauce is one of those sauces that taste good on anything. A spiced-up cousin to pesto, it makes a statement with whatever you pair it with. Goes great on fish or cauliflower.For more recipes and stories, check out my new cookbook “Stories from Morocco: a food and travel memoir” now available through Kindle.  Prep time:… Continue reading Moroccan recipes: Green Beans with Chermoula