Moroccan Cooking

After breakfast this morning, we drove to the countryside to meet a rural family.  The drive through the hills passed through forests reminding me of home.

Forests out of town

Woman hauling feed for her animals

Woman hauling feed for her animals

The couple came out to greet us and invited us into their home where we enjoyed a cup of mint tea prepared by the husband.  Wee chatted about life in the country, farming, their traditions etc.  They were delightful young couple and their 5-month old baby adorable.  It was a room full of grandmothers and the baby was passed around without complaint while we got to know the couple.

 

Home hosted lunch

Preparing the mint tea

Mint Tea

Mint Tea

After tea we selected ingredients from their garden, and then joined the wife and her sister-in-law in the kitchen to prepare a a raw vegetable salad and a regional, seasonal specialty, a slow-cooked savory stew called a tagine, it was delicious!

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Arranging the vegetables for the tagine.

 

Beautiful salad of fresh cucumber, tomato, beets and

A beautiful salad of fresh cucumber, tomato, beets and potatoes.

 

Tagine

Tagine

In the afternoon a local Berber woman came to the hotel to talk to us about some of the Berber customs and traditions.  She dressed me up in some of their traditional clothing, I never did master the art of the complicated head scarf; the fabrics they use are very heavy material, great in cold weather but probably uncomfortably warm in the hotter weather . . . maybe that’s just me.

Wrapping me up in traditional Berber attire

Wrapping me up in traditional Berber attire

We had a great day and I love this little town, Chefchaouen is a great introduction to Morocco!

 

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