National Blogging Day of Rememberance

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Amanda MouttakiNational Blogging Day of Rememberance
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Moroccan Mint Tea #SundaySupper

I’ve been gone from #SundaySupper for a few weeks but am excited to jump back into the shuffle!  It’s that time of year when there are many (many!) get togethers and events to host and attend.  Maybe you’re hosting and maybe you’ve just been asked to bring along something to nibble.  This week’s posts are all about entertaining and are a mix of drinks and appetizers.  I can’t believe I haven’t posted a recipe for how to make Moroccan mint tea but realized now would be a great time.  This is a great drink for adults and kids.  Even people who don’t like tea love Moroccan tea! Please note, I don’t post alcoholic recipes here because we don’t drink, several of the drinks shared by other bloggers do contain alcohol so skip over if you don’t imbibe but by all means check them out if you’re interested! Moroccan tea doesn’t come in a tea bag.  It’s brewed loose and you …

Amanda MouttakiMoroccan Mint Tea #SundaySupper
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Skinha or Dafina – The Slow – Slow Cooked Meal

I had really great intentions of getting this post up earlier this week but work got in the way.  I hate it when that happens!  Today is the last day of Hanukkah and so I wanted to make sure that I shared this post before it was too late.  Then again, this whole experience has gotten me really excited about exploring the different ethnic and regional cuisines of Morocco. I know there is a lot more out there than I have had experience with and I want to know it all! Skinha also goes by the name dafina and it was the single recipe that is readily attributed Moroccan Jews and I’ve found several references to. That being said when I asked my mother in law if she had any idea what was in the recipe she really didn’t.   I invited my mom and step dad over to eat this with us one night and I began to tell …

Amanda MouttakiSkinha or Dafina – The Slow – Slow Cooked Meal
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Sesame Cookies ~ Halwa Simsim

Moroccan cookies are traditionally made with a handful of ingredients.  Almonds, sesame seeds and honey are the three ingredients found in some combination on nearly every cookie. It wasn’t a surprise that this cookie was no different.  I made these cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap but wanted to incorporate them into my Hanukkah series.  So I chose a cookie that was in this cookbook.  I’ve been using it for inspiration as I make these new foods.  I really thought this would be a quick and interesting recipe to put together.  It was interesting- it was not quick. What is the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap?  The GREAT FOOD BLOGGER COOKIE SWAP brings together food bloggers from around the world in celebration of all things scrumptious. The premise is this: sign up. Receive the addresses of three other food bloggers. Send each of them one dozen delicious homemade cookies. Receive three different boxes of scrumptious cookies from other bloggers. Awesome …

Amanda MouttakiSesame Cookies ~ Halwa Simsim
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Chicken Stuffed with Almonds and Matzo

One of my first “homemade” Moroccan meals (before that time I had eaten in Moroccan tourist restaurants that were bad!) was a roast chicken stuffed with spices and vermicelli noodles.  To this day it still is one of my favorite things.  Unlike many Middle Eastern cultures Moroccans don’t have a big tradition of stuffing things. Things like stuffed grape leaves, kibbeh, and other stuffed vegetables that are common in the Levant are just not part of the repatoire in Morocco.  What was interesting as I began this exploration of Moroccan Jewish food is that stuffing food is more common than with the Arab dishes. This might be part of historical culture or just what was passed on.  I don’t really know.  As you’ll see later this week with dafina, the idea of stuffing exists with that recipe as well. I cooked this dish on Sunday when we were being blanketed with nearly a foot of snow.  Everyone was stuck inside …

Amanda MouttakiChicken Stuffed with Almonds and Matzo

My Favorite Things: Motorola Razr HD

You’re Getting A Car! No sorry not really.  Do you remember the first year Oprah did a “favorite things” episode?  It was so amazing to see how excited her audience was. I think that giving a gift, or in Oprah’s case, many gifts to someone is exciting. Everyone likes to get gifts but I really do find joy in giving gifts as well. I’m so not Oprah but I still am going to giveaway my favorite things!  Over the next two weeks I’ll be sharing my favorite things from this past year and offering you a chance to win.  I’m kicking off the gifting today.  Up for grabs…. A Motorola Droid Razr HD + $50 Verizon Gift Card If you’re not familiar with this device here are a few details to pique your interest. Motorola’s most compact 4.7-inch smartphone with a full-screen and edge-to-edge display An 8-megapixel camera and HD display that makes movies, photos, magazines and websites appear with …

Amanda MouttakiMy Favorite Things: Motorola Razr HD