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30 May 2009


Hello my friends,
I would like to announce that my blog will be taking a break for about a month.
My older sister (who is like a mother to me), will be arriving Saturday, May 30th from Morocco (Inchaallah), she will stay the entire month of June in the USA. I am very happy to have her with me, especially that it will be the first time in 20 years that I'm not traveling in Morocco in the summer to see my family.
Anyone who lives far from their family knows exactly what I am talking about.
So I am going to stop posting my recipes until she leaves (in July), and also because I want to take a break from blogging.
I promise you that I will return with new Moroccan and international recipes, I'll also come to visit you as usual in July and to leave you comments.
I will miss you !

29 May 2009

Colorful Cookies

Almond Surprise


Moroccan Slipper

This recipe is our first challenge of Walima club, which I am a part of (if you want to join us to
the club, you are welcome). It is an Algerian recipe, it has been proposed by our friend Khadidja, she took us to Algeria to make us discover this beautiful country which is a part of the Maghreb, its capital is Algier, situated in the North, on the Mediterranean Coast, it is the biggest country bordering the Mediterranean Sea and the second largest country in Africa after Sudan.

Khadidja gave us two choices, one is "Tagine with olives ", the second one is "Almond surprise", it's also called " Basket of the bride " because it's usually prepared on the occasion of a marriage. It's based on almond and water of orange blossom.
I choose the dessert because I have made a lot of "Tagine recipes" before.
I wanted to change the recipe a little by adding my personal touch, I used the same dough to prepare Moroccan slippers and roses, these shapes already exist in the Moroccan bakery, the dough looks a little bit like the dough of the " Algerian basket ". The result was excellent and the taste is the same, what's really different is the forms of the biscuits. /

28 May 2009

Hercha Semolina Bread الحرشة

Harcha is popular in Morocco, it's served warm at tea time and breakfast, with jam, cheese or honey and melted butter.
The recipes for harcha vary from family to family.This one is made with semolina and flour, it's very easy to prepare.

27 May 2009

Chicken Tagine with chickpeas طجين الدجاج بالحمص

Hi friends,
I present you a Tagine recipe which is a little different to other recipes of Tagines which I have already prepared. It does not contain a lot of spices, this time I exchanged the spices for a broth, the result was excellent, I hope that you like the recipe, it is really delicious.

26 May 2009

Grilled Sardine&Zaalouk سردين مشوي و زعلوك

Zaalouk is a delicious cooked Moroccan salad made with eggplant, you can steam the eggplants or grill them before adding tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and spices., drizzle a little bit of extra olive oil on the salad before serving.
Sardines are extremely healthy, an excellent source of omega-3 ,and other important nutrients. Grilled sardines is very popular in Morocco, it reminds me the smell of the beach and the summer time.

25 May 2009

Brioche with raisins بريوش بالزبيب

A delicious Brioche that everybody enjoys. It can be filled with raisins or chocolate chips or both.

22 May 2009

Marble Madelaine / مادلين بالشوكولا

Why I started baking Madelaines ?
I was tired of paying 5 to 6 dollars per package ( about 6 pieces ) at the grocery store.
My daughter Jenna -Aicha loves them and sometimes they were the only thing that she would eat. Since they were gone within two days, I had to find a solution for this expensive problem.
So I decided to make them myself. The only thing that may be expensive are the madelaine sheets themselves. But if you look around, you can find them second hand like I did.
As you can see from the recipe, they are quick, easy and cheap to make.