I have just returned from a trip to the Medina of Fes. I was enchanted by the beauty of local art craft and lifestyle and have come back fully inspired for new recipes! Fes is known as the cultural and spiritual center of Morocco, in particular thanks to the holy musics festival and the sufi music festival organized there each year. But I believe Fes is more than that...
I hope you will not mind if I propose two sweet and sour recipes in a row, but I could not resist the temptation to compose a salad with the last fresh figs of the summer. With this heat going on, what’s better than a fresh and healthy salad for dinner? This is a three-in-one, starter / main dish / dessert!
Late summer is my favorite season for fruits. Grapes in particular are almost as sweet as honey at the moment. However I have not followed yet the grape cure / monodiet that naturopaths recommend for cleansing and detoxifying the body… This is probably the fault of the last figs (they are simply irresistible – I will dedicate them a post very soon) that I cannot resign myself to leave aside... But summer end is also the season for a very special fruit, the quince, that most people know only because of the jams or pâtes de fruits.
Yesterday, I had one of my closest friends at home for tea. These days, she is complaining about being pressured by workload and having low energy. I was wondering which pastry could please her (and why not make her feel better also). Therefore, I thought of Sellou, a cake we prepare only for special occasions, and which is used as a fortifier during Ramadan (when people have it early in the morning, just before the sun rises and the feast starts). Why not taking advantage of its nutritional value at other times of the year?
This is the fresh white beans season (be fast, it is short!), and they are so much tasty and tender than dried ones. They don’t even need to be soaked before cooking. The only thing is that they need to be shelled, but it really worth it! (Of course, this is a recipe you can do also with dried beans. The only thing is to remember to soak them overnight in cold water.
A few months ago, I was in Bali, following a yoga training course with wonderful yoga teachers. Bali is an incredible place, for multiple purposes: honeymoon, surf, rest as well as finding inspiration for a healthier lifestyle, through yoga, vegetarian food, etc. One day, my yoga teacher asked me whether I could recommend a good book of Moroccan vegetarian recipes. I briefly wondered if I had already seen anything helpful in this respect, but could remember none. “What a pity”, I answered; “though we have so many recipes of fresh and tasty salads, so many different ways of cooking vegetables… and also a kind of wisdom in the way we traditionally prepare and come up with balanced meals”. The idea of this blog was born.
Hi there! I'm Majda.
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