Posts Tagged‘couscous’

Couscous Preparation at Dar Cigognes

Moroccan Cooking Class: Dar Les Cigognes and Handmade Couscous

A few weeks ago M and I had the opportunity to visit Dar Les Cigognes in Marrakech and do a private cooking class. We make and eat Moroccan food regularly but were very excited to choose our own menu, make it with the help of the very experienced Moroccan cooks, and of course eat it! Dar Les Cigognes offers private cooking classes for small to medium sized groups and everything is completely customizable – a great perk for those with food allergies. We met promptly at 10am, decided on our menu, and set off to visit the local bread oven,…

12 Delicious Couscous Recipe

Couscous is one of the simplest side dishes to cook. Sure the instant couscous sold in store aisles can’t hold a candle to real Moroccan couscous but it can be used in many different ways to create a  light yet hearty pasta that is packed with nutrients and is delicious.   A few things to remember when cooking instant couscous. Add your couscous before your water boils, and when the water starts to boil, promptly remove it from heat, cover, and let sit.  Be sure to fluff your couscous with a fork before removing from the pan.  It helps to…

Lemongrass Basil Text

Lemongrass Basil Couscous Cakes

“Save it for a rainy day.” I must have heard this phrase a hundred times growing up and when MarocBaba moved to the US it was one of the first idioms he learned in English. My dad said (and still says!) this regularly in reference to just about anything but specifically money. Even now, 10 years later whenever he hears this, MarocBaba laughs and says “remember when your dad said that?” One of the most frightening things about working freelance is that money can dry up, so having a rainy day fund becomes a necessity more than a comfort. Our…

Moroccan Chicken from Mango & Tomato

Guest Post: Mango & Tomatoes’ Moroccan Chicken

Today’s guest post comes from Olga at Mango & Tomato.  I had the pleasure of meeting Olga at Eat Write Retreat in May.  I had so much fun getting to know her. I really love her great eye for photography and fabulous recipes.  I’m so happy she was willing to share this recipe!  Please make sure to stop by her website for more fantastic recipes and good eats in Washington DC.  You can also follow her on Twitter @mangotomato    This recipe for Moroccan chicken came about partially because my mom made it in Seattle, and my sister and my…

Breakfast Couscous

The Food that Soothes: Couscous for Breakfast

I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you I am a little nervous posting this recipe.  You see, until this weekend I never realized the level of reverence Moroccans have for couscous. It’s the “national dish” of Morocco and in a recent Twitter conversation I was shocked to discover Moroccans take offense to the term “Israeli couscous”.  To me it’s semantics but apparently not so – the crux of the argument was that there is no such thing as any couscous other than the Moroccan version and anyone that says otherwise is trying to steal a part of Moroccan culture.…

Guest Post: Hand Rolled Couscous

If there is anyone that knows Moroccan food it’s Paula Wolfert.  She truly is the queen, the Julia Child’s of Moroccan food in America.  I adore her cookbooks and she is truly such a very kind and wonderful person.  I hope that I have the honor of meeting her very soon.  This is her recipe for hand rolled couscous – a project that I think would be incredibly fun to give a shot.  Paula has assured me that in her new cookbook coming out this fall (inshallah) there will be an updated version of this recipe.  I have two of…

Fall Couscous and Roasted Vegetables

Last week in my grocery shopping I came across the bin of fall vegetables.  This might not be a phenomenon where you are but it is definetely common here in the Midwest.  (I’m kicking myself for not taking a picture).  Imagine a pallet with solid sides, about 4 feet high –  LOADED with squash and gourds of every shape, color, and size.  Yes, this means fall is here.  Imagine my surprise when on the center aisles of the produce aisle was a cute display of smaller size squash.  Everything is better when it’s miniature!  This is particularly good for me…

Chicken Couscous

Couscous is one of the national dishes of Morocco however, it’s a dish that I rarely make.  This is not because I don’t love it (because I do!)  It does take some time to make the couscous and it also takes a little practice to get the flavors right.  I have been told that you can use the instant couscous that is much like minute rice, BUT I really don’t think it tastes the same.  If it’s your first time making couscous this might not be the best time to have 20 guests over for a dinner party and serve…