Monday, October 4, 2010

A Taste of Morocco

We had a Moroccan former student of mine over for dinner Saturday night, a good excuse to put together a Moroccan meal. Pater has been doing most of the cooking around here lately, but as I had no marking to do, I took this meal on, although I delegated a few important items.

Above is a photo of the wonderful Aubergine (Eggplant) Salad, before the last-minute addition of lemon juice and chopped coriander. It was delicious -- two eggplants, cut in thick slices which were salted and left to sit, then rinsed, then (almost deep) fried in olive oil, then cooled, chopped, seasoned with many yummy spices and three finely-chopped garlic cloves and back in the pan with the olive oil drained. Many steps, much chopping, yummy results!

They, along with some fragrantly seasoned carrots (the cooking water had cinnamon, cumin, paprika, olive oil, and sugar), were the accompaniments to a chicken tagine (olives, preserved lemons, and onions) whose broth swelled the heaping helpings of couscous.

Last time we had this young man over for dinner, at least two years ago, he was still fairly new to Canada and was really missing Moroccan food. For that meal, we served a French bread, which he happily broke in pieces large enough to scoop up his food, North African-style.

For this meal, Pater whipped up a fabulous flatbread from this recipe. He's an old hand at chappatis and puris, but this was a flatbread made with yeast and requiring a bit more handling.
It was good enough that the pre-dinner sampling threatened to make serious inroads on the supply! He's promised to make it again with some of the fillings suggested in the recipe -- caramelized onions? Sign me up!!
For dessert, we abandoned the Moroccan theme and Pater baked some pears, served with Ginger ice cream by the Vancouver Island company, The Udder Guy's Ice Cream.

Hmmm, wonder why I'm feeling hungry now . . .
Any special meals at your place this weekend?

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