Moroccan Lamb Stew with Figs and Chickpeas

Lamb Stew Couscous

It’s the time of year when I have an urge to travel. Call it cabin fever, restlessness, or simply the craving to be somewhere different, where it’s warm, spicy and balmy. The sights, smells and sounds of new cultures are revitalizing. Time slows down, and the smallest details are observed and savored ¬†amidst a kaleidescope […]

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Baked Shrimp and Kale with Chermoula

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~ Shrimp, Kale, Chermoula, Oven ~ It’s not fair to say that this recipe is all about the chermoula sauce. After all, shrimp and kale are no slouches when it comes to ingredients. It’s just that the chermoula does something wicked to this dish. Let me first tell you what chermoula is: a North African […]

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Sausage, Kale and Tomato Ragout with Poached Egg and Chick Peas

Egg, Kale, Sausage Ragout

Yes, I know it’s 100 degrees outside. It’s also hot in Tunisia, from where this recipe gets its inspiration. Shakshuka is a traditional Tunisian breakfast composed of simmered tomatoes, peppers, aromatics and poached eggs. It’s meant to be spicy which is a nifty DIY method for keeping cool in the Saharan heat. (The more you […]

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Moroccan Lamb Stew and a recipe for Ras el Hanout

Lamb Stew Couscous

Still fixated on warming stews, I recently prepared this lamb stew¬†which not only has heat but the heady aroma of exotic spice. Its secret ingredient is ras el hanout. Ras el hanout is a north African spice blend which may include upwards of 50 spices, including cinnamon, cardamom, clove, turmeric and cayenne. The name, translated, […]

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