It’s time to switch continents from what I consider to be my safe euro-zone of comfort into the culinary wilds of the African continent. My experience and exposure is limited…of all of my travels, my only foray into this world was a week in Capetown. I remember when eating in Capetown, nothing was as I had expected and therefore I forge ahead with no expectations except a lot of flavors different from what I have made thus far. I’m excited, and you should be, too. Here we go…starting with Morocco.
Morocco. The far-away land the mere mention of conjures romantic images of Casablanca, of Bogie and Bergman, of exotic spices and a luxurious lifestyle along the Mediterranean. Thanks to its location, Moroccan food is a unique blend of Arab, Berber, Middle Eastern, Moorish, Iberian, Mediterranean, African and Jewish influences. I’m not sure when I first tried Moroccan food, but I know that since moving here to Chicago, it has become a heavy favorite of mine and Apple Crisp. We’ve taken Moroccan cooking classes and restaurant-hopped around the city to find a favorite Moroccan eatery, though that’s completely unnecessary since it is really so easy to just make at home. I hope you give some of these dishes a try and I think they’ll become some of your favorites, too.