Posts Tagged‘Main Dish’

Corn Couscous and Shrimp

Corn Couscous with Spicy Shrimp and Peas

I first heard about corn grit couscous from Paula Wolfert (trust me she’s my catalyst to so many uncovered corners of Moroccan cooking).  I was apprehensive.  I was puzzled. I really didn’t think it would be good – at all. The image I have of grits is a gooey sticky mess with some butter and salt and pepper, certainly not the fluffy tender consistency I associate with a good couscous. But, we can’t eat regular couscous anymore because it’s made of wheat. I surrendered to my fear of lumpy corn grits and trusted that this would turn out.  It did.…

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1950’s Morocco: Independence

As World War Two ended many Moroccans hoped that foreign powers would leave Morocco to their independence however this was far from the reality of what was to happen next. Sultan Mohammed V had ruled Morocco as judiciously as possible during the war however once hostilities were over the French attempted to tighten control and reign the government in. After the end of the war the Istiqlal (nationalist) party was created and the sultan was forced to push against them in public to appease the French but was known to support and encourage them in private. In 1944 they released…

Grilled Indian Chicken

Grilled Yogurt Chicken

Last week when I was playing with my Bombay Potato idea I knew it needed some type of protein to add to the meal.  Thankfully the spurt of cold weather following our March heatwave has gone and it was warm enough to grill outside (again). I thought of a recipe similar to tandoori chicken which I really enjoy.  This grilled yogurt chicken recipe was born. Ingredients 1 lb of chicken – your choice of cuts 1c Greek Yogurt 1/4c olive oil juice of 1/2 lemon 2 tsp fresh chopped parsley 1/2 minced onion 2 tbsp crushed garlic 1 tsp salt…

Bombay Potatoes and Yogurt Chicken

  In the small town I live in there is one Indian restaurant and it’s on the verge of going out of business. It’s not the best, and certainly not the most authentic but they have a decent lunch buffet that includes as much naan as you can eat and I can’t pass that up. I’ve learned that it’s really not that hard to make most Indian foods at home and for the most part they are healthy. With the threat looming of losing the one and only Indian restaurant within 100 miles (yes really), it has become apparent that…

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1940’s Morocco: World War Two

If there was one decade I was looking forward to writing about it was this one. I’m sorry I missed it last week but I wanted to do it justice and just didn’t have the time.  The decade that Morocco entered the minds of most Americans was the 1940’s.  It’s surprising to be me when I meet older Americans that they know exactly where Morocco is and can tell me things about it.  If I meet someone between oh say fifteen and fifty they have a VERY limited concept of the country.  Of course this isn’t everyone but a generalization.  To most…

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  One of my favorite go-to recipes for a quick dinner is chicken stir fry. We’ve been eating a lot of rice and while I normally would serve stir-fry with more rice it was time to change things up. There really is no “right” way to make these. The ingredients can be whatever you have on hand.   Ingredients 1 lb chicken breasts cut into cubes mixed vegetables 2 tsp vegetable oil 1/4 cup nuts such as cashews 2 tbsp hoisin sauce 1/2 c chicken broth 1 tsp minced ginger 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp crushed garlic 1 head of…

Kefta and Eggs

Egg and Ground Meat Tagine {Kefta Mkawra}

If you have been a long time reader here you may be noticing some recipes that I posted a very long time ago are reappearing. I have been doing my best to better document ingredients, measurements and tips and tricks of some of these favorite dishes. I have also been retaking the images.  I hope you’ll agree with me that my pictures have improved and include more step by step images. Just in case you forgot how bad they were I’m putting the picture I originally posted with this recipe at the end of this post. This recipe is one…

Chicken with Potato and Preserved Lemon Tajine

  There are two Moroccan meals that I learned first.  This is one of them (the other is Moroccan style lentils). Although I now can make any number of tajines and other dishes, chicken with potatoes and preserved lemons brings back really nice memories. It took me many tries to get the spices right and many more tajines where the potatoes burned or the chicken wasn’t quite done. But, sometimes getting there is half the battle. My little sister – well she’s not so little anymore – loves this tajine with carrots mixed in. I’ve been dying to try it…