• Moroccan chicken tagine with onions and raisins


    This savoury – sweet chicken tagine with onions and raisins is a classic of Moroccan cuisine. It’s really delicious, easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. The tagine is a staple of Moroccan cuisine. Its name actually designates both the cooked dish and the earthenware pot in which the food is cooked. The secret to get a delicious tagine it’s not only the choice of the ingredients but above all it’s the cooking time. So please forget all recipes that offer quick and express tagines. This kind of dishes should be cooked for a long time and…

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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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  • Roasted chicken with Jerusalem artichoke & lemon – Ottolenghi


    This dish is from «  Jerusalem » Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi cookbook, and it’s effortless. All what you need is to make the marinade, which takes 15 minutes then the oven does the rest. The combination of saffron and whole lemon slices goes exceptionally well with the nutty earthiness of the Jerusalem artichokes, it’s an explosion of flavours. It was an instant love at first bite, I’m really speechless, I can’t tell you how much the sauce is delicious, I can’t wait to make it again. What is Jerusalem artichokes ? Jerusalem artichokes also called sunchoke, are native to North America. It’s…

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  • Stuffed aubergines with lamb & pine nuts


    Once again a success with this ottolenghi recipe. I don’t remember in which article I said, that I discovered a new way of cooking, thanks to this excellent chef. Now I use his books all the time, “Jerusalem – with Sami Tamimi”, “Simple” and “Falastin” are my favorites ones. Since I discovered him, I have never been disappointed with any of his recipes. The recipe may look complicated to make, don’t be fooled by appearances. It’s as easy and straightforward as preparing a dish of pasta with bolognese. Trust me, this stuffed aubergine is an easy recipe. So how to…

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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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  • Ricotta and oregano meatballs by Ottolenghi


    London or in my opinion “the amazing city of London”, is a city that I adored for several reasons, its vibe, architecture, history and its diversity, and I would like to return there as soon as possible, especially the summer. Last year we spent two weeks there, it was mid October, it was a bit cold, at least for us not for the Londoners who were walking around in t-shirts.  But we were delighted, considering that in Dubai it’s hot most of the year. The first Sunday we decided to go to Saint James park, but first direction to brick lane…

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  • Sweet – savory Moroccan chicken tagine with caramelized apricots, almonds & orange blossom


    I have always said that cuisine reflects the culture, traditions and even history of each country.  And while preparing this article, I myself learned new things about the history of my country. Throughout its history, Morocco has been a crossroads of civilizations: Berber, Arab-Andalusian, Jewish, European, Ottoman. Pastilla, for example, which is pronounced “bastilla” in Morocco, is a dish very popular especially at weddings and special events . According to Anny Gaul (American historian of food specialist in the Arabic-speaking world): “If you look at the written records and the recipes that we have from Al-Andalus, you find that there were dishes  very similar to…

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