My Favorite Things: Argan Oil

I’ve raved many times about argan oil both as a cooking oil and it’s properties for skin care. I’ve struggled with sensitive and dry skin my entire life and there are only a small handful of products I can use safely.  Argan oil is one of them. Moroccans have long known about the properties of this oil but only in the last few years has it become a buzzword in the Western beauty industry.  I’ve been fortunate that through blogging I have met some exceptional people.  Joél is one of them. She is the co-owner and co-founder of Saadia Organics.…

Beef and Pomegranate Casserole

An Edible Mosaic: Meat and Vegetable Casserole with Pomegranate

I am no stranger to Middle Eastern food though many Moroccan “foodies” would argue that Moroccan food isn’t Middle Eastern food.  I would tend to agree with that.  This recipe is a great example of just how true that is.  I am participating with several other food bloggers taking part in a virtual potluck using the recipes from Faith Gorsky’s, An Edible Mosaic.  Faith’s story is a lot like my own.  Her contact with Middle Eastern food didn’t really exist until she met her husband.  It was through his family she learned how to make the cuisine.  I am hoping to…

Moroccan Mint Tea

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…

Skhina or Dafina

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…

Sesame Honey Cookies

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.…

chicken with almond stuffing

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…

Moroccan Religious Brassware

Moroccan Hanukkah Traditions

I took this image last October when we were in Marrakech because it was just a great combination of items.  I’m sharing it now as I introduce a post series that I’ll be doing over the next week.  Today Hanukkah begins.  I’m not Jewish, we don’t celebrate this holiday, but Morocco has a long history with Judaism.  The history of Judaism in Morocco dates back over 2,000 years to Berber Jews in the Atlas mountains.  It’s interesting to note that these early Moroccan Jews are not genetically Jews, rather they likely became Jewish as they had contact with others.  Alternately…