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Moroccan Recipes Salads

Kale Salad with Apricots, Almonds, and Argan Vinaigrette

August 20, 2015

You may have heard of argan oil, since it’s the latest trendy fountain-of-youth product to be added to cosmetics and hair care products. Argan comes from southern Morocco, where the climate is very dry and the landscape is mostly sand, rocks, and scrubby little trees. The Argan tree does well in dry climates and produces nuts that are then pressed into oil: cosmetic or culinary. People use it for their hair and skin, and it’s high in Vitamin E and…

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Chicken Moroccan Recipes

Eid Mubarak! Moroccan Djaj M’hamer Tagine

July 17, 2015

To celebrate Eid El Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, my sister-in-law and husband made one of my favorite Moroccan recipes, Djaj M’hamer. This translates roughly to the “reddened chicken,” as it cooks in broth and onions first before being finished off, or “reddened,” in the oven, while the sauce caramelizes. Our accompaniments were roasted eggplant salad, green pepper and tomato salad, green salad, and a light orange-carrot juice. My mother contributed a homemade pecan pie and…

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Desserts Moroccan Recipes

Moroccan Raibi Homemade Yogurt

July 10, 2015

In Morocco, most traditional neighborhoods have a m’halaba, or milk store, where people go to drink a milk beverage and eat a snack like harsha, a savory, semolina-based pancake that reminds me a bit of cornbread and can usually be purchased slathered with butter, jam, or homemade cheese. The milk beverages they serve are usually laban, which is like buttermilk and is traditionally consumed on Fridays along with couscous, and raibi, a simple yogurt served in a small glass. I…

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