• salad bowl
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    Spinach and Chickpea Salad Bowl

    This Spinach and Chickpea salad bowl is a mixture of my favorite ingredients and my mom’s. She loves adding chickpeas, celery, and carrots to her salads. Most of the time she makes it with Romaine lettuce but I prefer to use spinach since it’s a less bitter and filled with nutrition. This salad was different since we mixed in the Moroccan Beet Salad recipe. We basically just prepared and added beets to the salad, nothing big. But to learn how to prepare the beets before using, refer to that recipe. This salad goes perfect with dinner or lunch. I even eat it for breakfast with avocado. A lot of people…

  • hachis parmentier
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    French Hachis Parmentier

    This is my second time making hachis parmentier. The last time I made it, I didn’t have a proper oven; this time I did. Hachis parmentier is the French equivalent of Shepard’s Pie minus the vegetables. The dish consists of ground beef in between layers of mashed potato. It’s then topped with a crusty layer of gruyere and parmesan cheese. Doesn’t sound like Shepard’s Pie anymore, does it? History: The dish’s name comes from Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, a promoter of potato as a food source. He conducted several publicity stunts to make the potato popular. Parmentier would host dinners with potato dishes being the main course. Famous guests included Benjamin Franklin…

  • Moroccan tagine
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    The Tagine Pot: How to Use

    The tagine pot, a symbol of Moroccan food and culture. On top of its beautifully hand-painted designs, the tagine pot does a great job in trapping aromas and flavors in stews. These yummy stews, made of chicken, beef or fish, are also referred to as tagines. So, in simple terms, the tagine can either be the pot or the dish.

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    Moroccan Cucumber and Tomato Salad

    As quick and simple as this recipe may be, it is still a staple of Moroccan cuisine. The feggous (cucumber) and tomato salad can be the basis to create different salads or can be eaten as is with bread or another dish. I decided to take this recipe from La Maison Arabe’s Moroccan Recipes book. However, I didn’t follow every step of the recipe. For instance, I did not seed the tomatoes since I felt it would make the salad juicier. This is all a matter of preference of course. Print Moroccan Cucumber and Tomato Salad Ingredients 1 cucumber 2 tomatoes 1 onion 2 tbsp. of fresh chopped parsley 2…

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    Instant Pumpkin Couscous

    Ah couscous, the one dish that reminds me of Al Maghreb. A popular dish in North Africa, couscous consists of little balls of durum wheat semolina. It is believed to have been cooked by Berbers as early as 238 to 149 BC. Today, the popularity of couscous has made it’s way to France. Although instant couscous takes a few minutes to make, the best way to make traditional couscous is steaming it in a couscousiere. You can add different ingredients including zucchini, pumpkin, lentils, and carrots. Pair it with a tagine and a spoon of stew poured on top, you’ll be hooked. The recipe below is based off of instant…

  • Moroccan chicken tagine
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    Moroccan Chicken Tagine

    I finally decided to share my Moroccan chicken tagine recipe. I have been making it since the summer last year. Although this dish wasn’t made with traditional Moroccan cooking techniques, like preserved lemons, this one is still very reminiscent of a Moroccan dish. The yummiest part of the dish are the sweet raisins and crunchy almonds. Serve the dish with a side of couscous and your tummy will be happy. Print Moroccan Chicken Tagine Ingredients 2 tbsp. of olive oil 2 tbsp. of butter 5 chicken thighs, skin removed 1/2 tbsp. of salt 1 whole onion sliced 3 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tbsp. turmeric 1tbsp.…

  • Kefta Tagine
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    Kefta Tagine with Eggs

    Making any tagine can seem like an intimidating task for many. Now, add poached eggs and the perfect tomato sauce. Exactly. It’s one of those recipes that I wanted to refrain from trying but couldn’t due to how delicious it was. Like plenty of other Moroccan recipes, the Kefta Mkaouara requires various ingredients and dedication. Traditionally, the dish would be prepared in a tagine but if a tagine isn’t available a deep wide skillet would work too. Now, let’s get to making this dish.

  • Dinner,  Food,  Lunch

    Pepper Penne

    The balance between work and home life hasn’t been so easy for me these past few weeks. You may have noticed in my lack of posting on the blog. It may be because of the, what seems to be a never-ending, winter. I even blogged about the negative impact winter can have on people; it’s not a good feeling. But what better way to get over this than experimenting with new foods and dishes? I call this dish Pepper Penne. I didn’t know how delicious this dish could be. When my mom made it, I couldn’t resist trying to make it myself. It came out very delicious and I had a great…

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