Living in California was a blessing for me and at the same time, it was a prison life. But these days are over, I'm free from the mind control, conscious abuse days. I am here in Marrakech, Morocco. Living a life I could never dream of living, full of mysterious and unknown. A simple life that forced me to count my blessing and appreciate the little things in life.
However, being vegetarian is a challenge in Morocco if you choose to go out. I can't remember why and how I became vegetarian. All I have is a vague memory of my dad reasoning with me to try a piece of liver because at that time I was anemic. My small hands covering my mouth and my head is shaking in disgust, is all I have of why I never liked meat. I have to admit that I have cheated, especially during my pregnancies to make sure all my babies were ok and I wouldn’t feel guilty about depriving them of the necessary protein and vitamins they needed to grow. Happy to say all my kids are adults now living a healthy lifestyle.
The market is stocked daily in many cities in Morocco and here in Marrakech Medina, we are lucky to have what we call the “Marche” a place that never disappoints me. Stocked with fresh vegetables and fruits year round. So, you have no excuse to not eating healthy! I try to go twice a week, keep in mind that on Fridays, all the products are a day old, no fresh market on Friday all throughout Morocco. Because of Friday in a holiday for the Muslims, traditionally in Morocco, men go to prayer while the women prepared the couscous. Yes, couscous is only eaten on Friday’s among the locals.
Couscous is almost always made with meat or chicken and seven vegetables, so if you make your own at home, you can skip the meat and keep it all veggies. Couscous is usually made with steamed vegetables using a special steamer pot known as the “Kiskass.”
Many of the Moroccan dishes can be made into vegetarian or you can follow me for some exciting fusion recipes that marry together my love for Morocco and my other love for Middle Eastern cooking.
From Marrakech with Love, Sahar
Check out my communal dining at https://www.eatwith.com/@sahar/
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Julia Child said: “You don’t have to cook fancy, complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients”