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Chickpea tahini soup with harissa roasted peppers
The main Moroccan dish most people are familiar with is couscous, the old national delicacy. Beef is the most commonly eaten red meat in Morocco, usually eaten in a tagine with a wide selection of vegetables. Chicken is also very commonly used in tagines, or roasted.

Berkoukech soup  Print Recipe

The name of this soup refers to a specific type of couscous called berkoukes. Israeli or pearl couscous are good substitutes. Berkoukes soup is found in North Africa and in the Middle East.
Serves: 6
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 20 minutes
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 lb boneless chicken, beef or lamb, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp tomato paste
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 can chickpeas, drained
2 small zucchini, diced
2/3 cup uncooked Israeli couscous
Salt and pepper, to taste
Chopped cilantro, to serve
1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add meat, tomatoes, tomato paste, paprika, coriander, ginger and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until meat is lightly browned.

2. Add carrots and celery. Add 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, covered, for about one hour, until meat is cooked and beginning to become tender.

3. Add the chickpeas and zucchini. Cook for 20 minutes more, until zucchini is softened.

4. If you plan to serve the soup right away, add the couscous directly to the pot and cook according to package directions. If you prepare the soup ahead of time, save this step until just before serving, as the couscous will continue to absorb liquid.

5. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.

Chicken couscous  Print Recipe

The Chicken Couscous is a flavorful and healthy dish with exotic spices but still simple enough to make any day of the week. Pearl couscous, sometimes also called Israeli couscous is the same as regular couscous but just a bit bigger and sometimes comes in various colors.
Serves: 8
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 30 minutes
3 tablespoon Moroccan spice blend recipe below
4 chicken breasts about 1 1/2 lbs, boneless and skinless
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion chopped
5 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup golden raisins
14 ounce chickpeas (1 can) drained and washed
14 ounce fire roasted tomatoes (1 can)
3 cups chicken broth low sodium
1 cup pearl couscous dry
4 cups kale rinsed and roughly chopped

Moroccan Spice Blend

1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cardamom
Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
Combine all the Moroccan spice blend ingredients together. The recipe should yields about about 3 tbsp.

Season the chicken breasts with 2 tbsp of the Moroccan spice blend thoroughly. Use more as preferred.
In a large Dutch Oven or a oven safe pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot add the chicken breasts and sear on both sides until browned, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
The chicken will not be cooked through at all, it will just be crispy on the outside. Transfer the chicken from the pot to a plate and set aside.

Add the onion and garlic to the pot and saute for about 3 minutes until onion softens and becomes translucent and garlic is aromatic. add the remaining 1 tbsp of the Moroccan spice blend and stir.

Add the golden raisins, chickpeas, fire roasted tomatoes, chicken broth, couscous and stir well. Gently stir in the kale. Bring to a boil, then add the chicken breasts back.

Cover the pot with a lid and place in the oven. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes with the lid on, then remove the lid and cook for an additional 30 minutes.

Chickpea tahini soup with harissa roasted peppers  Print Recipe

Harissa paste has serious kick but, once stirred into the soup, its fieriness is tamed. Feel free to add less or more paste depending on your tolerance. Freeze any extra harissa in an ice cube tray and use cubes as needed.
Serves: 4
Preparation time:10 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
2 medium red peppers
1 tsp (5 mL) harissa paste
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup (125 mL) celery, finely chopped
2 tbsp (30 mL) garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp (2 mL) cumin seeds
2 tsp (10 mL) smoked paprika
4 cups (1 L) vegetable or chicken stock
1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 can (540 mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups (500 mL) peeled and finely diced
sweet potato
3 tbsp (45 mL) tahini paste
Plain kefir or yogurt to drizzle for garnish
1 On a hot grill or under a broiler, roast
peppers until charred on all sides. Let cool,
peel off skin and discard seeds. Slice roasted
peppers into strips and toss together with
harissa in a small bowl. Set aside.
2 In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-­
high heat. Add onions and celery, and cook
for 10 minutes. Stir in garlic, cumin seeds and
smoked paprika, and cook for 1 minute.
3 Add stock to the pot along with thyme,
chickpeas, sweet potato and tahini paste.
4 Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over
low heat for 25 minutes.
5 Ladle soup into four bowls and garnish with
harissa roasted peppers and a drizzle of kefir
or yogurt.

Majadra lentils and rice  Print Recipe

Mujadara or Majadra is a Middle Eastern lentils and rice recipe with caramelized onions. Just 3 ingredients make a easy vegan, protein-rich meal.
Serves: 6
Preparation time:10 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
For the lentils:
• ¾ cup brown or black lentils
• 1 bay leaf
• 2 cups water
• 2 onions
• More olive oil
For the rice:
• 1 ½ cup rice
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 3 cups water, boiling
• 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
• 1 ½ tsp salt
• 1 tsp powdered cumin
• ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
• More salt and pepper to taste
1. Rinse the lentils. Simmer them in 2 cups of water, with the bay leaf, until they are soft but not mushy. Depending on the quality of the lentils, this might take 30-40 minutes. Do not add salt. Add more water if it looks like they’re drying out, but if they finish cooking and there’s water left over, just drain them and return them to the pot.
2. Add salt to taste after the lentils are done. Remove the bay leaf.
For the rice:
1. Rinse the rice and allow it to drain almost dry.
2. Heat the oil gently and add the rice, stirring to coat the grains with oil.
3. When the rice has become transparent, add the garlic. Stir half a minute, then add the salt and the water.
4. Bring to a boil, then cover the pot and cook over low heat. Cook the rice until all the water has evaporated and the grains are tender and separate.
5. While the rice is cooking, slice the onions thinly.
6. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a non-stick pan and caramelize the onions over medium heat, stirring once in a while until they are very soft and golden, not brown and crisp.
7. When the onions are done – in 10-15 minutes – add the cumin, cinnamon and a little salt and pepper.
8. Final step: Fluff the rice with a fork. Combine the cooked lentils and the rice, mixing gently with the. Stir some of the caramelized onion in, and top the dish with the rest of the onions.
9. Serve warm, with cucumber yogurt sauce or tzatziki if desired.

Moroccan spiced chickpea soup  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
1 large onion, medium diced
6 to 8 cloves garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 heaping teaspoon sweet paprika
1 (14.5-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
3 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
1 quart vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon sugar
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (5-ounce) package pre-washed baby spinach
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until the onions begin to turn translucent; lower heat if browning starts to occur. Add spices and saute a minute or so. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, broth, and sugar. Season with a couple pinches of salt and 10 grinds fresh pepper. Stir well. Chickpeas should be just covered with liquid. If level is shy, add some water so the chickpeas are just covered.
Bring to a simmer, then lower heat to low and gently simmer for 45 minutes.
Remove soup from heat. Use a potato masher to mash up some of the chickpeas right in the pot. Stir in the spinach and let heat through until wilted, just a couple minutes.
Season again, to taste, with salt and pepper.
Serve soup, drizzled lightly with extra-virgin olive oil, if desired.

Slow-roasted tomatoes  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time:10 minutes
Cooking time:2 hours
Pre-heat the oven to 120°C – 250°F.

Take any quantity of ripe, red tomatoes. With the tip of a knife, cut the green stem end out of each one, pulling out a little triangular plug of core.

Halve the tomatoes and squeeze the juice and seeds out of each half.

Place the seeded tomato halves on a baking tray, cut side up. Sprinkle salt, and grind pepper, into the hollow halves. Drizzle with good olive oil.

Is there basil in your fridge, oregano, rosemary growing in a windowsill pot? Chop up a little – it doesn’t take much – and smash a clove or two of garlic along with it. Spoon 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of the fresh herb mixture into the hollows of the tomatoes. Salt again, lightly.

Now put the loaded baking tray into the oven, shut the door, and come back in about four hours. Roasting time may vary according to your oven. A delicious aroma will arise in the kitchen about 2 hours into the roasting, but don’t take the tomatoes out yet (you’re allowed to peek, though). The tomatoes should be moist, slightly leathery at the edges but not dried out. There should be a small amount of liquid in the baking tray.

Once cooled, store them in a clean, dry glass jar and keep refrigerated. They will last up to two weeks.

Now, what do you do with these gourmet tomatoes?

Layer one or two halves into a sandwich, with other fillings.
Chop and add some to a cheese omelet or scrambled eggs
Top pizza or bruschetta with grated mozzarella and roasted tomato halves
Drop a couple into any stew 15 minutes before the end of cooking time
Coarsely chop and add 3 halves to a quiche filling
Add 4 chopped halves to your next batch of bread (add some chopped scallions, too)
Serve them plain as mezze, with olives and another raw salad vegetable or two

Buñuelos  Print Recipe

A buñuelo is fried dough. It is a popular snack in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Turkey, Greece, and Morocco, and is a tradition at Christmas, Ramadan, and among Sephardic Jews at Hanukkah. Ref: Wikipedia
This recipe can be made the day before and placed in the refrigerator to rise covered overnight.
Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
1/4 cup warm water (105 to 110 degrees F.)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 package active dry yeast
7 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil for frying.
In a small bowl, stir together the warm water and the sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over this and let it set for about 10 minutes
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the milk, shortening, and salt just until the shortening melts. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool down to lukewarm
Place the flour into a large mixing bowl and begin to mix in both the yeast and the milk mixtures, stirring briskly to mix in all the ingredients. When the dough becomes to thick to mix with the spoon, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a minimum of 5 minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic when pulled and not sticky. It should spring back slightly when you poke a finger into it.

Roll the dough ball in a lightly oiled large bowl. Cover the bowl loosely with a tea towel or plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, approximately 1 to 2 hours.
When dough has risen, punch down the dough, cut it into four (4) equal sections, and allow it to rest for another 10 minutes.
While the dough is resting heat your oil to 375 degrees F. (a skillet or electric fryer works best).
Divide each dough quarter into three (3) pieces. Pat them into a 4-inch circle, stretching and pressing until a round shape is formed.
Carefully place the dough pieces into the hot oil and fry until they puff up and are browned, approimately 1 minute. With a slotted spoon, flip the Buñuelo over and cook for another 1 minute to brown the second side. Remove from the hot oil and drain well.
Buñuelos can be kept warm in a 200 degree F. oven for up to 1 hour. They refrigerate well and can be reheated in a 350 degree F. oven for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
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1 cup

3/4 cup

2/3 cup

1/2 cup

1/3 cup

1/4 cup

2 tablespoons

All-purpose wheat flour 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
All-purpose sifted wheat flour 110 g 80 g 70 g 55 g 35 g 27 g 13 g
White sugar 200 g 150 g 130 g 100 g 65 g 50 g 25 g
Powdered sugar/Icing sugar 100 g 75 g 70 g 50 g 35 g 25 g 13 g
Brown sugar normally packed 180 g 135 g 120 g 90 g 60 g 45 g 23 g
Corn flour 160 g 120 g 100 g 80 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Cornstarch 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
Rice (not-cooked) 190 g 140 g 125 g 95 g 65 g 48 g 24 g
Macaroni (uncooked) 140 g 100 g 90 g 70 g 45 g 35 g 17 g
Couscous (uncooked) 180 g 135 g 120 g 90 g 60 g 45 g 22 g
Quick oatmeal (uncooked) 90 g 65 g 60 g 45 g 30 g 22 g 11 g
Table salt 300 g 230 g 200 g 150 g 100 g 75 g 40 g
Butter / Margarine 240 g 180 g 160 g 120 g 80 g 60 g 30 g
Shortening 190 g 140 g 125 g 95 g 65 g 48 g 24 g
Fruits and légumes chopped 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
chopped walnuts 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Nuts /ground almonds 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
Fresh bread crumbs (not packed) 60 g 45 g 40 g 30 g 20 g 15 g 8 g
Dry bread crumbs 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Parmesan grated 90 g 65 g 60 g 45 g 30 g 22 g 11 g
Chocolate chips 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 38 g  19 g
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