Posts Tagged‘Fruit’

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Moroccan Almond Date Milk

Stop in any patisserie in Morocco and you’ll find a back counter lined with all varieties of fruit. You’ll likely hear the whiz of blenders and frothy cups of thick liquid on the tables. While some patrons sip the infamous avocado smoothie that Morocco is known for, others choose a panache or a smoothie blended with whatever fruit is in season. But one of my choice drinks is almond date milk. The Outsiders Inside Guide to Marrakech I’ve written a guidebook sharing my insider knowledge of Marrakech. Sign up and get an instant download of the first chapter!  We respect your privacy…

Moroccan Orange Salad

Cinnamony Sweet Moroccan Orange Salad

Salads in Morocco are a big deal. No matter what you will always find at least one, but usually several different small plates with salads served. Lately, I’ve been eating them simply as my meal. There’s a rice, potato, and corn salad (I know it sounds like a bad combination but it’s not!) that I gobble up with a fork, and then my favorite za’alook, a cold eggplant and tomato mashed salad eaten with pieces of warm, fresh bread. Most salads are light and made up with fresh, seasonal vegetables. I never get tired of them. A few weeks ago…

Apple and Pear Galette with Jarlsberg Cheese

Apple Pear Galette with Jarlsberg Cheese {Gluten-Free}

  Desserts and breakfast treats have, by far been the hardest items for me to replicate in a gluten-free version.  They also are the things that MarocBaba misses the most.  I think we all miss it.  I haven’t felt like it’s fair to enjoy these treats when I know he can’t. Instead I’ve been flexing all of the culinary skills I can muster to try and make gluten-free copies. There used to be a bakery in our town that had the most amazing French pastries including an apricot galette that I went crazy for. I had some free time one weekend,…

Grilled Peaches & Marscapone with Honey and Almonds

It seems like Ramadan has gone as fast as it crept up.  Today is the last day of fasting .  This week M starts 2nd grade and MarocBaba is back at school too.  I’m looking forward to a more regular schedule but it’s only a few weeks before we take off again for Morocco.  I’ve been busy planning for the trip, making sure to make the most out of every second.  I hope to come back with lots of new information, recipes, photos, and highlights of our trip to share. The recipe I’m sharing today I’ve been dying to share…

pudgy pie

Blueberry Cheese Pudgy Pies

Over the weekend we spent a lot of much needed time with family, enjoying each other and being outside.  I even took a technology break.  I rarely checked my phone, wasn’t emailing or checking in anywhere.  It really was a great vacation.  One of the things that we did was to visit my dad at his campsite.  MarocBaba is not a camper.  I’ve tried and tried to talk him into tenting but he refuses.  My dad doesn’t camp with a tent but a pretty nice camper, that includes beds, a kitchen and air conditioning.  Even with this he was pretty sure…

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.…

Beghrir with Nutella and Wild Raspberries

I think one of my very favorite Moroccan foods is beghrir.  They are light airy pancakes that are cooked only on one side and are incredibly versatile.  I have toyed with the idea of making them savory instead of sweet something like an accompaniment to moo shu chicken (since we don’t do pork).  It hasn’t happened yet but it’s on the back burner!  For now I will stick with the sweet version.One of the great things about living in the Midwest is wild fruit.  It’s that time of summer where the bushes are full of wild raspberries, huckleberries, thimble berries, blackberries,…

beef and apricot tajine

Tajine of Beef and Apricots

*waves* Hi there!  Remember me?  Probably not it’s been so long since I’ve come by!  It’s been busy around here and the kitchen is the last place that I’ve been.  You see my husband and kids have gone home to Morocco for a few weeks (7 actually), and I’ve been like a bee getting everything together for their trip.  Who knew it could be so much work?  I wish I could say that I was going to – I still think a research trip is in order!  Do they make travel grants for researching blog writers?   Now however, I…