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Traditional Moroccan Food

24 Feb

Welcome to Moroccan Food, one of the world’s most famous and delicious cuisines. Moroccan cooking is influenced by a rich and diverse North African history. With dishes ranging from surprisingly simple to intriguingly complex, Moroccan recipes are sure to please a wide range of palates. Browse the topics below to learn more about the traditions, culture and essentials of Moroccan cooking.

Ingredients

Morocco produces a large range of Mediterranean fruits and vegetables and even some tropical ones. Common meats include mutton and lamb, beef, chicken, camel, rabbit and seafood, which serve as a base for the cuisine.

Characteristic flavourings include lemon pickle, cold-pressed, unrefined olive oil and dried fruits. It is also known for being far more heavily spiced than Middle Eastern Cuisine.

Use of spices

Spices are used extensively in Moroccan food. While spices have been imported to Morocco for thousands of years, many ingredients, like saffron from Tiliouine, mint and olives from Meknes, and oranges and lemons from Fez, are home-grown. Common spices include karfa (cinnamon), kamoun (cumin), kharkoum (turmeric), skinjbir (ginger), libzar (pepper), tahmira (paprika), anise seed, sesame seeds, qesbour (coriander), maadnous (parsley), zaafran beldi (saffron) and mint.

Examples of Traditional Dishes

Couscous

Couscous has become an international word known by so many people all over the globe. It is pronounced (KUSKUS).It is , in fact, a traditional Moroccan food .it dates back to the 13th century when the Arabs were occupying the Andalusia ,which is historically speaking , is the south of Spain now.
Now you can find couscous in North Africa and even in Europe and USA. It is served in many restaurants around the world.
Couscous is served cold or hot with meat, chicken and stew vegetables. Some areas in Morocco serve it with some kind of fish. It is served as a principal dish not a side one

Tajin

Tajines in Moroccan cuisine are slow-cooked stews braised at low temperatures, resulting in tender meat with aromatic vegetables and sauce. They are traditionally cooked in the tajine pot, whose cover has a knob-like handle at its top to facilitate removal. While simmering, the cover can be lifted off without the aid of a mitten, enabling the cook to inspect the main ingredients, add vegetables, mix the contents, or add additional braising liquid.

Pastilla

With Chicken: A triple layered savory pastry: A layer of chicken is covered with a layer of eggs and a lemony-onion sauce and then topped with a layer of crushed almonds. Everything is wrapped in phyllo pastry and delicately covered with cinnamon and sugar.

With Fish: It’s phyllo pastry stuffed with seafood, it’s typical dish and highly regarded as a national dish of Morocco

Harira Soup

This traditionally Berber soup is usually served during the holy festival month of Ramadan. Also great for cold weather!

Salads

Salads include both raw and cooked ingredients, served either hot or cold.[1] Cold salads include zaalouk, an eggplant and tomato mixture, and taktouka (a mixture of tomatoes, green peppers, garlic and spices).

Desserts

Usually, seasonal fruits rather than cooked desserts are served at the close of a meal. A common dessert is kaab el ghzal (“gazelle’s horns”), a pastry stuffed with almond paste and topped with sugar. Another is ” Halwa shebakia “, pretzel-shaped dough deep-fried, dipped into a hot pot of honey and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Halwa Shebakia are cookies eaten during the month of Ramadan. Coconut fudge cakes, ‘Zucre Coco’, are popular also.

Drinks

The most popular drink is green tea with mint. Traditionally, making good mint tea in Morocco is considered an art form and the drinking of it with friends and family is one of the important rituals of the day. The pouring technique is as crucial as the quality of the tea itself.

Moroccan tea pots have long, curved pouring spouts and this allows the tea to be poured evenly into tiny glasses from a height. For the best taste, glasses are filled in two stages. The Moroccans traditionally like tea with bubbles, so while pouring they hold the teapot high above the glasses. Finally, the tea is accompanied with hard sugar cones or lumps.

An array of Moroccan Patesries

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Moroccan dresses for women : “Caftan and Takchita”

12 Feb

I would like to present you the traditional dresses of Morocco for women !! We call them “caftan” or “takchita” !

A beautiful dress for every woman wishing to distinguish, or even a thousand lights sparkle and inflame the desire among others.

However, the caftan was originally a men’s clothing, men were distinguished by increasing it, especially if it was a caftan embroidered in gold or silver thread, then, the habit was the man!

But, little by little, women have captured the caftan, making this habit distinguished emblem of their beauty.

Even if the caftan took his fame in Morocco, history shows that its origins well worldwide. The Ottomans and the Russians wore embroidered caftans, especially on the front and sleeves. Sultan Sulaiman had the magnificent port itself. And although expensive caftans were offered the most significant and important victory of the day.

The art of caftans rises towards the second half of the seventeenth with tissue type Selimiye with wide vertical stripes and sumptuous and detailed embroidery. The fabrics were produced in Turkey, Italy, India and China. These fabrics with names such as bürümcük, aba, Canfer, gatma, Gezi, diba, kutnu, kemha, serasera; indeed, some of these names are still used in Morocco (kemha pronounced kemkha).

It is now in Morocco found that the caftan its charm. Object of different creations day after day, the caftan is the soul of authenticity. Indeed, the whole world began to recognize its beauty, all with events like Caftan Maroc sees the competition between charming Moroccan and foreign designers to offer the best of their innovative talent, which is also the best top clothe models in the world, delighted, this beautiful gift of history.

The list of the winners of the 2010 KBS Drama Awards

8 Feb

After MBC’s and SBS’s, it’s time to see the list of the winners of the 2010 KBS Drama Awards. The event was hold in the same night with SBS’s, on December 31. I thought the competition was tighter since KBS had many great drama of the year. 

Veteran actor Choi Su Jong o…f ‘President’, top actress Lee Dae Hee of ‘Chuno’, and charming young actor Song Jong Ki of ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ emceed the ceremony. The Grind Prize (Daesang) went to top Korean actor Jang Hyuk of ‘Chuno’. The award was given by world star Lee Byung Hun who won the award last year for his role in blockbuster drama ‘IRIS’.

Here are the winners:

Daesang: Jang Hyuk (Chuno)

Top Excellence Acting Award: Kim Gap Soo (Cinderella’s Sister, Chuno, Great Merchant Kim Man Deok, Sungkyunkwan Scandal), Jeon In Hwa (Baker King Kim Tak Goo), Moon Geun Young (Cinderella’s Sister)

Excellence Acting Award (Miniseries): Kim Soo Ro (God of Study), Han Eun Jung (Revenge of Gumiho)

Excellence Acting Award (Mid-length): Oh Ji Ho (Chuno), Park Min Young (Sungkyunkwan Scandal)

Excellence Acting Award (Full-length): Yoon Shi Yoon (Baker King Kim Tak Goo), Yoo Jin/Eugene(Baker King Kim Tak Goo)

Excellence Acting Award (Daily/Weekend): Lee Jong Hyuk (Marry Me,Chuno), Kim Ji Young (Marry Me)

Supporting Role Award: Sung Dong Il (Chuno), Lee Bo Hee (Three Brothers)
Newcomer Award: Park Yoo Chun (Sungkyunkwan Scandal), Oh Ji Eun (Three Brothers), Lee Shi Young (Birth of The Rich)

Popularity Award: Song Joong Ki (Sungkyunkwan Scandal), Moon Geun Young (Cinderella’s Sister, Mary Stayed Out All Night)

Child Acting Award: Oh Jae Mo (Baker King Kim Tak Goo), Kim Yoo Jeong, Seo Shin Ae (Revenge of Gumiho)

Special Drama Acting Award: Son Hyun Joo, Lee Sun Gyoon, Jung Yoo Mi
Best Couple Award: Jang Hyuk, Lee Da Hae (Chuno), Jang Geun Suk-Moon Geun Young (Mary Stayed Out All Night), Yoon Shi Yoon-Lee Young Ah (Baker King Kim Tak Goo), Song Joong Ki-Yoo Ah In (Sungkyunkwan Scandal), Park Yoo Chun-Patk Min Young (Sungkyunkwan Scandal)

Netizen Award: Park Yoo Chun (Sungkyunkwan Scandal), Jang Geun Suk (Mary Stayed Out All Night), Park Min Young (Sungkyunkwan Scandal)
Writer Award: Kang Eun Kyung (Baker King Kim Tak Goo)