• Moroccan stuffed squid in tomato sauce


    Moroccan cuisine is rich of seafood dishes given its long sea coasts along the Mediterranean and Atlantic. These dishes can be prepared in a variety of ways depending on the region. So today I share with you a dish not as well known as tagine, couscous or the famous pastilla, but which is still a very popular dish in Morocco: «  Stuffed calamari in tomato sauce ». When I was living with my parents, we usually enjoyed this dish during the weekend. Sometimes we made paella, or seafood tagine like : « Moroccan sardines & burnt aubergine balls tagine » or «  oven baked fish with Moroccan Chermoula ». We usually use the calamari but…

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  • Moroccan chicken pastilla


    Pastilla is for sure one of the most popular dish of Moroccan cuisine. It’s a beloved classic, reserved for special occasions like weddings, births, or eids.  In Morocco the pastilla is generally served as a starter at the beginning of special meals. And of course, you can serve it as a main dish with a simple green salad. There are two main versions of pastilla, one with poultry and one with seafood.  Where does the pastilla / bastilla come from ? Pastilla which is pronounced “bastilla” in Morocco, because the letter « p » doesn’t exist in Arabic alphabet. According to Anny Gaul (American historian of food specialist in the Arabic-speaking world): “If you look at the written records and…

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  • Salmon, sweet potatoes & Ras El Hanout Tagine


    The tagine is a staple of Moroccan cuisine, simple to make, healthy and above all delicious. The recipe I share with you today is a sweet – savory tagine of salmon with sweet potatoes. This kind of sweet and salty fish tagine is very well known in certain Moroccan coastal towns. More precisely the towns of Safi and Essaouira which are known for their “Tfaya” fish tagine.  The « tfaya » is a kind of confit prepared with raisins, caramelized onions with honey, all flavored with cinnamon and saffron.  It is usually used as a garnish for couscous and meat tagine.  How to make today’s dish? It’s best…

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  • Moroccan sardines & burnt aubergine balls tagine.


    The sardines balls tagine is one of the most popular dishes in Morocco.  Especially in the coastal towns of the kingdom. To keep the meatballs tender, we add rice to the sardine kefta.  But in the recipe I’m sharing with you today, of Jewish origin, we’ll add grilled eggplant.  Not only the meatballs are very tender, but the smoky taste adds a special note to this delicious dish. The sardine balls are cooked in a slightly spicy tomato sauce (or not according to taste). You can very well add vegetables such as carrots, potatoes or peppers. This traditional dish is tasty, easy…

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  • Oven baked fish with Moroccan chermoula and celeriac root


    I love this dish, one of my favorite weekday meals plus It’s very healthy, full of flavours and the best part is you can make it in very little time.  It takes 5 minutes to make the Chermoula, the classic marinade widely used in North Africa. Made with fresh herbs (coriander and parsley),  garlic, and spices. In Morocco this sauce is traditionally used to marinate the fish, but it can be used for poultry and vegetables as well as fish. It goes very well with everything, it’s a magic blend that makes everything tastes delicious.  Today I’m sharing with you a simple and easy version of the classic Moroccan fish…

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  • Lamb tagine with caramelized quince


    The tagine, at its base, is a terracotta kitchen utensil, topped with a cone-shaped lid. It allows food to be stewed, thus preserving its flavors and benefits.  In Morocco the tagine is a family sharing style dish, which is eaten with homemade bread. You can prepare all kinds of tagines: with meat (chicken, beef, lamb and goat in certain regions of Morocco).  With fish, most often marinated in a kind of sauce made from fresh herbs (coriander and parsley) and spices called “chermoula”. Or quite simply a vegetarian tagine, there are often seasonal vegetables. Today I’m sharing with you a tagine that…

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  • « Zaalouk » Moroccan aubergine / eggplant caviar


    Eggplant caviars and eggplant salads are quite popular throughout the Middle East, North Africa and certain European countries. Among the most popular, « Baba Ghanoush » or « Moutabel »  orignally from levantine cuisine, In Greece and Cyprus « melitzanosalata », « ajvar » from the Balkan, Georgian « badrijnis khizilala » and « zaalouk » the Moroccan version prepared with eggplant and tomatoes with Chermoula  spices : garlic, cumin, paprika, parsley, coriander and plenty of olive oil. Cooked salads are a big part of a Moroccan everyday cooking, you’ll rarely see a main course served without at least one salad. And « Zaalouk » is the common side dish for to many meals like grilled meat, or…

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