Morocco: the foodie

tagine
If you love food, then Marrakech should be on your places to visit.  The Moroccans appreciate good food and whether its their delectable sweets, their fresh honey or their steamed to perfection couscous, you will always find yourself wanting to nibble just a morsel more in the magical city of Marrakech.
Moroccans, definitely have a sweet tooth and this is evident in their savoury dishes as well as their desserts. Nuts, dried fruits and fresh produce is also heavily used as well a subtle spicing with the holy trinity of spices for Moroccan cuisine being cinnamon, black pepper and cumin.  Saffron is also a firm favourite.  Their most famous dish- the tagine- is a stew of meats with dried fruits and mild spices and is cooked in the traditional ceramic tagine over coals till the meat simply melts into oblivion.
tagine
Moroccan cuisine has French influenced and this is highly evident in their desserts- in particularly their patisseries.  Their mille feuilles rival Parisian versions and the pastries are all drizzles with fresh honey. One is never enough
selection of sweets from the hotel including mille feuille
Perhaps the most appetising, or certainly the most appetising to the eye, were the stalls of Arab sweets, similar to baklava, sold in the market.  These intricate delicacies were jam packed with exotic nuts, fruits and drenched in sugar, honey and essence of orange flower.  My particular favourites were the Catherine wheel shaped ones which were made from semolina and figs.  Others were shaped into hedgehogs, flowers, miniature apples and were brightly coloured, making them a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.
One night, the hotel we stayed at served the most delicious soup I have ever tasted.  The traditional soup called harira, contained chickpeas and lentils and rice.  It was rich and filling and had layers of flavours. I’m definitely going to try and replicate it back home.
arab sweets
hedgehog shaped confection
choosing sweets

Argan oil is also very important in Moroccan cuisine.  the nut which the oil comes form is specific to the country and is know locally as liquid gold.  the oil has many health benefits and has a cosmetic version too which Moroccans attribute their perfect complexions to. whilst in Marrakech, we visited a womens cooperative which sold pure argan oil for cosmetic and cooking use whilst helping sustain a living for women.  the oil is usually served uncooked and had a rich nutty taste.  it’s usually drizzled over salad or used for dipping breads. delicious.
at the women’s cooperative watching them grind argan oil
As afore mentioned, the Jamma al fna square is a mecca for food lovers.  The food is all freshly prepared and the scents of delicious food are truly amazing. There truly is something for everyone
Definitely give the orange juice a go too.  In the heat of the sun, freshly squeezed orange juice is manna from the gods!
To finish: traditional mint tea sweetened and poured from a height of a traditional metal kettle is a must.  Not only is it delicious and refreshing, but it also settles your stomach too.  Just what you need when overindulgence has occurred.
Food highlight: getting the last mille feuille at dinner at the hotel/ the soup.
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