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A Taste of Morocco: Three Recipes to Try

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by Yvette Chapman (subscribe)
Thirty something girl, originally from Sydney but Brisbane is home now. Eats, drinks, socialises, watches art-house, studies the stars, and loves music. I'm a professional copywriter and editor. Hearts writing things.
Published October 13th 2012
Desperate times call for desperate measures, so while many of us wistfully dream of exotic holiday locations, available cash can thwart that fantasy. Thankfully there are many inventive ways around this. If you don't have the money in the bank to buy an airfare to Morocco, why not bring a taste of Morocco to you?

Invite some friends around for lunch/afternoon tea Moroccan-style. First, get yourself some big, cosy floor cushions that you can laze around on in the living room or in the garden. Tree of Life sell floor cushions in brightly-coloured, gorgeous Moroccan-style designs or you can generally find cheaper ones at places like Kmart or Target.

Tree of Life cushion

Try to get your hands on some glass tulip-shaped teacups. I brought some beautiful glasses back from a trip I had in Turkey but if you don't have any, ask around as your friends might. You could also peruse some op shops or order a set online.

Now I'm no vegetarian by any stretch of the imagination but the menu below is delicious and filling without the need (or expense) for meat.

The curry recipe below is one I created while experimenting with flavours in the kitchen. It's always been a hit with flatmates and friends. I haven't included any measures because the amounts can be determined by common-sense based on how many people you're feeding.

Evie's Moroccan vegetable curry
Sebago potatoes
Sweet potato
Cherry tomatoes
Plain yoghurt
Honey cashews

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Chop vegetables into chunks (except cherry tomatoes) and place them into a baking dish with a lid. Coat the vegetables liberally with salt, pepper, turmeric and cumin. Add some water to the bottom of the dish so the vegetables will almost steam cook when you bake them. Put the lid on the baking dish and put the vegetables into the oven to cook. Test the vegetables after about 40mins (oven cooking times vary) and when they are nearly cooked, add the cherry tomatoes and honey cashews and cook for another couple of minutes. The cherry tomatoes should still be firmish on the outside but easily 'pop' in your mouth. Serve with plain yoghurt and honey cashews.

A colourful curry

Date and almond cakes with orange syrup
This sweet recipe was acquired from a family friend a few years ago. It's the bomb!

cup plain flour
cup almond meal
teaspoon baking powder
cup caster sugar (superfine)
cup roughly chopped pitted dates
75g melted butter
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg

Orange syrup
cup caster sugar (superfine)
cup orange juice
2 tablespoons grated orange rind

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees. Mix together the flour, almond meal, baking powder, sugar and dates. Add the butter, milk and egg then mix to combine. Spoon the mixture into greased muffin or friand moulds and bake for 25 minutes or until cooked. While the cakes are cooling a little, make the orange syrup. Place the sugar, orange juice and orange rind in a saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until it slightly thickens. Drizzle the syrup over the warm cakes and serve.

Delicious afternoon tea

Moroccan mint tea
This is an extract of a tea recipe from a site called Cooking with Alia: The flavours of Morocco (

3 to 4 cups of water
1 tablespoon dried green tea leaves
2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
Large bunch of fresh mint leaves

Boil water. Put the dried green tea in a teapot and add one cup of boiling water. Swirl it around and then pour the water into a cup and set it aside. To clean the loose tea, add another cup of boiling water to the teapot and swirl it around again. You can discard the water this time. Add the mint and 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar to the teapot. Pour the first cup of tea-flavoured water back into the teapot and add more boiling water. You should have 3 to 4 cups of water in total. Place the teapot on the stove over medium heat and bring tea to the boil this allows the sugar to caramelise and gives the tea its special flavour. Now pour the tea into your fancy little tea cups and serve.

To really get into the mood, play some Moroccan or Middle-Eastern music or put on some travel documentaries featuring destination: Morocco, and make a commitment to save, save, save for the real thing.
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Your Comment
Hi, just wondering how much plain flour for the Date and Almond cakes??
by roodi (score: 1|10) 2556 days ago
Can this be made as one large cake and how long do you think you'd have to cook it for - would you use the same temperature?
by jilld (score: 1|12) 2554 days ago
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