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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

On a Moroccan Table

Flowers, always flowers...everywhere

On A Moroccan Table
by Victoria Challancin

Morocco is a land of embellishments.  Everywhere you look, life is visually enhanced.  Nowhere is it more true than on the dining tables where you never know what will delight you:  a few scattered flowers, a hand-embroidered tablecloth, a lei of roses, Arabic writing (my Arabic is just good enough to delight in deciphering the letters!), fresh crusty bread, a handful of olives, that unique triumvirate of Moroccan spices lovingly displayed (salt, pepper, ground cumin), or a simple glass of cold, crispy wine surrounded by tempting just never know.  But you do know that whatever you find, your senses will be delighted.

Normally, I have a distrust of rosé wines, but I discovered a lovely crispy dry one in Morocco...perfect with this soup, served on a hand-embroidered tablecloth in a favorite riad in Marrakech...

And if you are lucky to pass through the Valley of Roses, somehow a lei of roses just follows you around...from the car, to the room, to the table... 

Yes, these make me happy...for silly reasons, I'm sure...

Delicious bread, freshly made, always on the table, ready to sop up those unbelievable Moroccan flavors...

Oil-cured olives and the ever-present triple condiment of spices:  Salt, Black Pepper, and Cumin...soooo Moroccan...

And yet another version...

Salt, Black Pepper, and Cumin...yet again...this time in Fès at my favorite riad there...and that same rosé wine

If you enjoyed this post on food in Morocco, try the following:

Cooking at the Kasbah:  A Cooking Class at La Maison Arabe

A Moroccan Picnic:  First, the Shopping

A Moroccan Picnic:  And Then the Food

Or go to my Travel Blog Index at the top of the Page and find articles on:  Moroccan Ingredients, the Moroccan Olive Harvest, the Roses of Morocco, Moroccan Salads...and much more...

Or better yet, join me this Spring for a Small Group Journey through enchanting Morocco.  Contact Victoria Challancin here:

Happy Holidays!

Victoria Challancin
Flavors of the Sun International Cooking School
San Miguel de Allende, México

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