A Moroccan gift of ‘beldi’

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Soon after my arrival in Fez last month, I came down with a nasty summer cold. A medina friend came to the rescue, concerned...
Fruit and vegetable souk, Fez, Morocco

Shopping in the last week of Ramadan

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The morning is still, a silence broken by the flutter of wings as birds wheel around the minaret of our neighborhood mosque. A gentle...
Ramadan

Ramadan summer in the city

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Hot town, summer in the city Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty Been down, isn't it a pity Doesn't seem to...

Notes from Ramadan, at View from Fez

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It's 2:00 am and I am jolted awake by the firing of a cannon, followed by the deep bong of a drum and a...
Grapes, peaches and watermelon

Moroccan fruits: plums, peaches and prickly pears

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Plums hold a place of honor in my Moroccan kitchen. The purple-skinned ones, with tart flesh, take time to ripen fully, so have time...

Couscous memories make the best (Moroccan) memories

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Couscous symbolizes happiness and abundance, according to some culinary anthropologists. In Morocco, to be invited for the Friday mid-day meal means "Join us for...
Ramadam

Sweet countdown to Ramadan

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  Halwa Chebakia is a Moroccan sesame cookie which is folded into a flower shape, fried and then coated with honey. It's very popular in...
A Moveable Feast

Couscous and camaraderie in Morocco

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My advance copy of Lonely Planet's forthcoming food anthology arrived a week ago, and it’s an edifying read. The thirty-eight stories are set around...
View of the Fez medina, Morocco

Remembering Morocco

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I learned to make tagines, bread, and salad at the proverbial knee of several Moroccan home cooks and one very good Berber chef, Lahcen...
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