Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Creating Moroccan Harmony in Your Kitchen
One of the most amazing gifts the spices in our cupboards gives us is the ability to go on a culinary journey around the world right from our kitchen! This weekend, I hosted a dinner party and the theme was Morocco! Although the food was themed, the preparation and ingredients used all had another common theme: they can be used in and for so many other dishes.
The harmony of flavours created from cumin, coriander, chili, mint, cinnamon, garlic, orange flower water, rose water and nuts is quintessentially Moroccan but why just use them for this when there is a whole world of food and dishes to explore too!
We started with an eggplant dish that I created using the Spice Sanctuary Moroccan Harmony Spice Blend. Just 3 Tablespoons of the blend mixed with some garlic, honey, lemon juice and a little oil and voila! A marinade you can use on almost anything! Try on steaks, lamb, as a salad dressing...
Our mains consisted of one of the very first recipes I ever created - a chickpea and butternut squash tagine. This was accompanied by Harissa shrimp and a divine nutty rice dish cooked in a tagine which our friends brought!
This was the first time I made Harissa and again, I quickly realized just how versatile this paste can be too! You can use this as a hot and fiery pasta sauce, as a flavouring for soups, in place of store bought Ketchup too....
For my version of a Harissa paste, click here!
For the other recipes mentioned, it's a tease but you'll have to wait for the cookbook :)