Posts Tagged‘Vegetables’

Arabic Style Rice Pilaf

I’ve always wanted to give this style of rice a shot.  I’ve found that my family is more receptive lately to the idea of rice and other starches in place of bread.  That’s a good thing because I get really tired of so much bread!  This is my first attempt at an Arabic style rice and it turned out good!  As for the vegetables you can use anything you have on hand, or no vegetables at all.     >   In a large saute pan, add 2 tbsp butter, 1 tsp garlic and 1/4 finely chopped onion.  Brown vermicelli…

An Almost Traditional Moroccan Salad Platter

I recently was having a conversation with a friend of mine about Moroccan salads.  In the American sense a lot of dishes labeled salads in Morocco are more similar to our concept of side dishes.  However in Morocco the salad course is one unto itself, served before the main dish.  In a multi-course meal they would be first followed by a “side-dish” and then 1 or 2 main dishes.  During his last trip to Morocco, Youssef brought me home a beautiful large serving platter (and one for my mom too..man he knows the way to our hearts!).  It’s big and…

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…

Light and Easy Kefta Meatballs

I usually prepare a big iftar meal for my husband during Ramadan.  We would eat plenty of haraira, briouats and other tasty traditional Moroccan dishes.  This year I’m alone and going through all that trouble just doesn’t make a lot of sense.  Instead I’m opting for light and healthy meals.  This was one of those meals.  Basic.  Kefta meatballs in tomato sauce, diced mangos, avocados, a cucumber and yellow tomatoes.  No dressing, just healthy, yummy summer goodness.  The meatballs were especially good.  They weren’t as heavy as most meatballs and I add some cayenne pepper for an extra zing. Kefta…

Ramadan and Food

Today is the first day of Ramadan in North America.  Not sure what that means?  Here is a good explanation.  The short of it however is that Ramadan is the 9th lunar month on the Islamic calendar and entails fasting from worldly pleasures (food, drink, intimacy…) from sun up until sun down for the entire month.  It is a time to focus on faith, God and in a way purification of the soul.  So while no food or drink is allowed during the day; once the sun goes down all prohibitions are listed.  The morning meal is known as suhoor,…

tuna tajine

Tajine of Tuna and Shrimp

After my successful attempt at using my charcoal grill to cook a tajine I’ve played around with a few more recipes.  I’m not a huge fish lover but we had purchased a very nice cut of tuna at the market and had some shrimp in the freezer when I put this tajine together.  This might not be for everyone, as tuna is generally served partially raw.  This recipe completely cooks the fish in the tajine and the flavor might not be one that is typical for tuna.  It’s worth a shot though!  I would have loved it if it would…

Grilled Peppers

One of my favorite Moroccan salads is Taktouka, a very simple but flavorful salad.  The key to making it is charring the outside of bell peppers so that the skins can be removed.  In the summer placing them on a charcoal grill that is just smoldering is the perfect way to char them extremely well.  Once the skins are fully blistered and black they can be placed into a plastic bag and left alone for 5-10 minutes.  The steam that is created will begin removing the skin from the flesh of the pepper, making them very easy to remove.   …

Moroccan fried rice

Moroccan Fried Rice

This meal was devised out of pure desperation.  I was starving, there wasn’t much in the fridge and I didn’t want to order out.  Luckily I had some random things in the fridge and was able to throw this together.  I don’t think that it would have tasted as good if I would have planned it. Ingredients: 1-2 cups cooked rice 1 egg leftover chicken tajine (anything will work but that’s what I had!) steamed fresh vegetables or frozen vegetables 3 tbsp vegetable oil 1/2 tsp each of cumin, salt, pepper and ginger Directions: In a skillet heat up the…