One could make the argument that this recipe is as authentic to Morocco as the film shoot location of the movie “Casablanca,” which was primarily filmed on the Warner Bros.’ Southern California lot.
I didn’t use a tagine (clay pot) to make the recipe and I didn’t shop in a souk (Moroccan market) for my spices. I used instant couscous, canned chickpeas and took shortcuts and liberties because of time constraints.
I tweaked a recipe found on myrecipes.com, which was appealing because it’s fairly simple to make and offers a tapestry of the flavors I love most in Moroccan cuisine.Chickpea dishes are quite popular in Middle Eastern food (think hummus) and they regularly appear in Moroccan tagines and couscous dishes. Soaked and cooked chickpeas have, in my opinion, the best texture but you can’t beat canned chickpeas for convenience.
This may look difficult because of the amount of ingredients, but many of them are cupboard staples and spices. Perfect served with whole grain or plain couscous.
Last night we had friends over for a Fourth of July warm-up dinner party. The hyper-local menu–Grilled Sumac Lamb Chops, Cherry Couscous Salad and Asparagus–was created with the bulk of ingredients sourced in a one-mile radius; easy to pull off at this time of the year in the orchards and farmlands of Northern Michigan. The day before … Full recipe post »
Last week was a mother to digest. First the beloved fashion designer Kate Spade? And what’s to become of the global food scene without Anthony Bourdin to direct traffic? The man with such caustic, biting brilliance who had such a rich appetite for life? No one could even begin to replace this most empathetic of spokespersons for the world’s people, their … Full recipe post »
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