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mosaic road
Melbourne, Australia
Interests: my dogs, my children, my vegie garden, my sister and her boys, my hopefully ongoing fitness, recipezaar, my ebay business, my renovations - all in equal order !!
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These delightful sweets are going to be my downfall here. Moroccans love sugar so I fit in perfectly . Many local shops make these exquisite little pastries featuring almonds, walnuts, figs, sesame seeds and honey and they are traditionally served with mint tea on special occasions. There is a seemingly endless delicious array of amazing shapes all decorated differently and presented beautifully. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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Two zucchini, one eggplant, a red pepper, a yellow pepper , a big red onion and half a bag of egg tomatoes became baked vegetables when L and J flew in two nights ago. I spent the princely sum of $1.37 AUD on these glossy fresh ingredients Plus my bunch of thyme was 1 DHM or about 13 cents. Such wonderful healthy eating for such a small price. I have done so little cooking here that this reinforced to me that I can actually still put a meal on the table !! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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L and J flew into Marrakesh last night from the Orkney Islands for a total change in weather conditions . Their cultural adventure starts tomorrow when they depart my apartment for the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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If we need a gift bag or gift box or wrapping paper we can whip into Target or Cardiology . Here I would pop down to the souk but I might struggle getting it home. These very elaborate gift boxes are huge and are filled with gifts when a baby is born or there is a marriage. I imagine they would be quite heavy when filled but I would love to have a red one and use it as a Moroccan style Christmas stocking. Filling it with little treasures from here would be such fun. Postage would be prohibitive so... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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After leaving the tantalizing warm, yeasty bread smells behind, we headed for our second sit down meal of the tour. Included on the tour are three sit down eating experiences plus snacks in between so as you can see there is no need to eat before or after. You probably will not be hungry for a week !! We went to a little tiny cafe called Naima. It is run by a sweet grandma and her grandson and is famous for its couscous. The are only two main dishes offered daily on the menu. We sampled the Moroccan salads. The... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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Oh this is such a delicious topic !! We next visited a very old bakery - not one that sells cakes and pastries but one that bakes bread around the clock . Bread is a staple at all meals in Morocco and is so cheap. This bakery bakes for many restaurants as well as for shops. The baker stands in this 'pit' for many hours with long paddles whipping loaves in and out of the woodfired oven. There are many small bakeries similar to this as a lot of the people living in the medina do not have an oven.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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Seeing the vast array of olives available here would be an essential element to any food tour . Olives feature at every meal in Morocco and are truly delicious. They come in various colours and are often preserved with different herbs. My favourite are the black olives with rosemary or the very green ones which are the most recently harvested. They can be purchased in jars or by the scoop as can the preserved lemons. Mostly they are unpitted but some are stuffed with almonds or chillies - all delicious !! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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After leaving the first cafe we meandered through the souk and stopped to look at the array of mint, specifically sold for mint tea. It is sold in great quantities and a mint stall is found every few meters. It is sold in quite big bunches. Mixed bunches of mint with either/or thyme, verbena, sage can be purchased, also for making tea. Very sweet mint tea [called Maghrebi] is an essential part of the traditional Moroccan culture, virtually a national symbol and always offered to visitors. Recipe for mint tea - I prefer no sugar ! Next we moved on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at mosaic road
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Although I underook this amazing tour several days ago, I am struggling to blog about it as I doubt whether I can do it adequate justice. It was not a tour but a progressive dinner or really as I took it at 1pm, it was a progressive lunch. It also runs at 6 pm so you have a choice of times but in either case , do not eat beforehand. Amanda and Yousef have found a niche market as no one else here in Marrakech runs a food tours and they really do an amazing job. Between them, English, French... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at mosaic road
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At my cooking class on Saturday I was taught to make this very traditional Moroccan cookie. Such a wonderful name !!! It also goes by the name of Kab. It is a lightly baked pastry case that encloses a delicious mix of almond meal, icing sugar, orange flower water, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter that closely resembles the texture of marzipan. There were three of us learning the technique and our very patient teacher is in charge of all the traditional pastry and cookie making at the Amal Centre. It was a very informal class not conducted in English.We sat outside... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at mosaic road
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The Amal Women's Centre , a not for profit organization, is so many things to so many people. If you have time please go to the link and read all about it. Women in need are provided with on the job training and then helped with finding employment . In turn tourists and locals alike get to either eat fabulous tradtional Moroccan food in the cafe or take part in cooking classes and then eat what they have prepared. The airy modern interior of the cafe has some lovely inviting Moroccan touches and the big courtyard is a colourful and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at mosaic road
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I was so happy to get a Christmas card from Australia this week. It was sent to me by my youngest daughter and was a great surprise. The concierge produced it with a great flourish as I came through the entrance to my building. I tore off the stamp for him to give to his children, so happiness all round. I am astounded also that this card actually reached me and took only a week. In my past experience anything posted to Morocco has taken the longest, slowest route possible giving true meaning to the term snail mail. On the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at mosaic road
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It is lovely to be a regular at a cafe where the staff know you and know your order before you even voice it. Changing countries meant I had to find a new cafe to call my own. A couple of alleys from the riad is a hidden hotel, a very gorgeous boutique hotel in fact, called La Maison Arabe . I try to get there for coffee once or twice a week. When it is hot you can sit by the pool. The waiters are full of Moroccan charm and treat me so well. A second coffee often appears... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at mosaic road
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This annual American celebration is better known as Thanksgiving. We do not celebrate it in Australia but any time is a good time to share a meal with friends and give thanks for all we enjoy in our daily lives. This time last year I was in Boston for Thanksgiving and had an incredible and traditional Thanksgiving dinner with dear friends. This year, miles across the oceans from both Melbourne and Boston , I shared a potluck Thanksgiving lunch with new friends of many nationalities. Yes , we even had an amazing turkey. It was a big one, cooked in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at mosaic road
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The far end of my street is all residential and once the last tourist has headed off into the sunset then the whole place changes pace and becomes calm and peaceful with barely a car or motor cyclist to be seen or heard !! The many cats and I can wander with no fear of being runover. Bouganvillea is everywhere, a riot of pinks and apricots, so lovely and reminds me of Queensland holidays. Surprisingly, phone boxes are plentiful here - and what's more they are unvandalized and in working order !! Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at mosaic road
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My street is a one way street but this information has apparently been kept a secret from the motor cyclists as they go both ways at great speeds and this just adds to the bus/taxi chaos. The taxi drivers maintain a steady vigil, waiting to pounce. Anyone for gelati ?? Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at mosaic road
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Continuing along my ‘rue’, just a little bit past the horses and directly under my building is a row of shops and cafes. The shops have high quality items and are very expensive, catering for the open wallets of the tourists visiting the gardens. The prices are set, no need to bargain here. Besides the carpets shops and handicrafts there is a wonderful perfumerie with locally made scents. As far as eating goes, there is a lot on offer from traditional tagines and couscous to pizza, smoothies and even apple crumble. The cafe closest to me will do a take... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at mosaic road
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I am lucky to have the above very prestigious sounding address. The street is quite long and by day it is very busy and then by nightfall it becomes calm and quiet. As well as being my address it is also the home of the famous and very photographic Marjorelle Gardens and these draw many tourists . My end of the street is lined with covered Cinderella carriages pulled by horses {also called caleche} and offer sightseeing rides around the city. They begin to line up from 6 am and I often hear the early clip clopping hooves, a sound... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at mosaic road
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But I have done more wading today than walking. I purchased this fabulous Moroccan version of Hunters this week knowing that the forecast ahead was for very heavy rainfall. I have worn them solidly for two days and they are so comfortable and not in the least bit rubbery and come with 4 interchangeable coloured 'belts'. The roads here are totally awash but my feet have been bone dry. As much as I love wearing them I really hope it stops raining sometime soon. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at mosaic road
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Moroccan salads feature heavily in Moroccan cuisine and are usually served as first course. There are many variations and each restaurant will have a speciality or perhaps 12 !! Luckily recently my friend M and I decided to share a first course when we ate at Restaurant Morocain at Hotel Jardins de la Koutoubia - have a look here at this beautiful place. Twelve mini tagines came to the table and as each lid was lifted a different salad was revealed. I loved the presentation as much as the lovely food. Amongst the little offerings my favourites were the pickled... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at mosaic road
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I think Australia is a very, very expensive country to live in and I have been of that opinion for some time now. Over the past few years water, gas, electricity and petrol prices have risen astronomically with follow on price increases in food and other items. My salary , like most, barely ever altered unlike politicians who all seem to enjoy an annual hike in their pay packets plus perks. I can make no comparisons here regarding petrol prices as I categorically will never get behind the wheel whilst living in Morocco but I can tell you all that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at mosaic road
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I was keen to trial my new oven and cannot go for lengthy periods without baking so I decided to make a cake to take to the riad. The oven is electric and if my translation of the French manual is at all on target {which is doubtful} then it is also fan forced. As I have limited appliances I opted for a boiled pumpkin fruit cake. For this I only needed a big saucepan, a stirring spoon and a cake tin. Once I had these assembled I reviewed the ingredient situation. I pureed my own pumpkin, used sultanas and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at mosaic road
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I have recently visited this historic site in Marrakech that dates back to the 1570’s. It has a fascinating story. It comprises a beautiful mausoleum where 66 male members of the Saadian Dynasty are entombed and a large outdoor area of tiled tombs for females, soldiers and household workers. The whole site was sealed up by the dictator of the incoming dynasty so he did not have to ever see his predecessors. This dictator goes by the lengthy name of Alawite Sultan Moulay Ismail and he was bloodthirsty and cruel. In 1917 an aerial photographic survey by chance revealed the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at mosaic road
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I was drawn to a bright, bright pink 100% cashmere wrap with black fringing. Think soft and warm !! It is quite big and will be very versatile as a scarf, a shawl or even a throw. Cost was 250 DHM or $32.00 AUD or $28.00USD I am happy to take orders. Colours also on offer included black, deep red, beige, silvery grey, aqua, pale pink, purple, 2 different browns. Most have black fringing and are a lighter shade on the reverse side. So let me know !! Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at mosaic road
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As most people know I am the Imelda Marcos of scarves. My family had, in fact, this year banned me from further scarf purchases but they are not here to see what I am up to !! So, I have free range to buy up big !!! I was taken by my friend M into the souks and we went to a stall where she is a regular customer. A fabric rainbow rose up before me. making a choice was nigh on imposssible but as it is getting a bit chilly here now I decided on cashmere. As you can... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at mosaic road