Almond butter and rose popsicles with strawberry jam

Almond butter and rose popsicles with strawberry jam

It’s #popsicleweek friends and this year we are not missing it! Last year I didn’t realize I missed it until late July. I don’t really blame myself, I think I was going through this “early motherhood” phase when you sleep 4 hours a day and never wash your hair. Suddenly, remembering this makes me so grateful for time, it really is the best thing, cause it gives you the best perspective. Ok, enough philosophy, let’s go back to popsicles.

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Lemon Jam with Preserved Lemon

Lemon Jam with Preserved Lemon

Hello world! The past weeks haven’t been the happiest, too many, way too many sad things are happening in London and around the world and sometimes it’s just hard… My favourite way to take my mind off sad things is to cook with music in the background. It’s honestly the best way to meditate and I think any cook will agree. It somehow makes me stop thinking about the rest of the world and enables me to focus on one thing only: cooking. 

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Chermoula Prawns and Calamari with Tomatoes and Avocado

Chermoula Prawns and Calamari with Tomatoes and Avocado

Friends! It’s been a while since my last post and I am totally aware of that. I would say I am 30% responsible of my recent lack of blog posts. The remaining 70% is due to

1. A very bad cold that keeps going away and reappearing (SO annoying). Tips welcomed!

2. A sprained joint in my spine that basically kept me from moving around properly for a full week (SERIOUSLY annoying).

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Roasted Cauliflower, Apricots and Chickpea Tagine (Vegan)

Roasted Cauliflower, Apricots and Chickpea Tagine (Vegan)

This past weekend was the sunniest of all weekends in London, it really felt like summer. We went to the park and had a picnic with Laelia for the first time. She was very intrigued by the ducks and the baby swans but she was also very scared of the grass. Do all babies get scared of the grass?  We ate chocolate chip cookies and stuffed batbouts with chicken, preserved lemons and olive tagine. I can’t wait for the weather to be sunny again and prepare more picnic friendly recipes. It was so much fun.

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Kefta and Swiss Chard Quiche + Goat Cheese and Harissa Sauce

Kefta and Swiss Chard Quiche + Goat Cheese and Harissa Sauce

Hello from sunny Rabat dear friends! How have you been? I’ve just had the best couple of weeks. It started in Rabat, then I went to Casablanca for work and finally Mexico via London just for fun AND food. As you can guess, I am now back in Rabat for a quick stop to see the family again, eat more food and do some prop shopping at el oulja.

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Ras el hanout and baby potatoes chicken traybake

Ras el hanout and baby potatoes chicken traybake

Is it a lazy day? Yes, it’s traybake kinda day! I have a confession, I love shortcuts, I love saving time when I can, I love finding tricks that make me feel cleverly lazy. Is that possible, does it make sense? Anyway, I am sure you understand me. Traybakes are great because they make me feel particularly cleverly lazy. Mix everything in one bowl/one pan, hop in the oven, sit back, relax, and finally enjoy. 

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Lamb, Potatoes and Olives Tagine

Lamb, Potatoes and Olives Tagine

Spring is here, yay! It makes me unreasonably happy. I am so grateful for spring this year because last year, I didn’t really get to make the best out of the “spring” weather and food. This time last year, I was almost 9 months pregnant and pretty much stuck in bed. Then, our w o n d e r f u l Laelia arrived but you know what followed: sleepless nights and no time to cook or shower. Our situation is very different this year and I’ve got so many exciting food related plans for spring. My belly cannot wait.

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Almond Mhencha

Almond Mhencha

I have reached new levels of gourmet satisfaction. Seriously. Last week, I made about 3 kg of caramelized onions and ever since, I have been adding them to anything savoury. The majority of them were quickly thrown in a sandwich between melted cheese and occasional pieces of chicken.  It might be time to go on a veggie cure… What do you think? I am thinking I should stop soon anyway before I have a caramelized onions overdose, because that, my friends, would be sad.

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1 Pot Loubia Stew with Sundried Tomatoes and Kale (Vegan Bean Stew)

1 Pot Loubia Stew with Sundried Tomatoes and Kale (Vegan Bean Stew)

When you’re hungry on a weeknight, don’t have time to cook and still don’t feel like ordering, what do you do? You make loubia! All you need is one pot, 10 ingredients and less then 1 hour! The result is a creamy and flavourful stew that is packed with earthy Moroccan flavours. My mom used to make loubia and add pieces of khlii in the stew while it was still simmering. Khlii is a kind of Moroccan-ized meat jerky, it’s incredibly tasty. It is not on the blog yet but it should make its appearance at some point!

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