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Here we are carrots once again! Sunny, sweet, & color vibrant this salad is a MUST and I highly recommend it not because it’s Moroccan but because it’s REALLY good. It is simple & quick to make. You can serve it as a side dish, a starter or even dessert!! 

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Hi people! my salad for today is an easy improvised (makes me feel good) piece of work. I love the colors & the crunch of it. Yeah and not onlyJamie Oliver can come up with new ideas. I can too! By the way, we are BIG fans of this guy & each time he’s on TV..you know it! (We are sticking our eyes to the screen). For me a top chef is someone who cooks homy meals from SCRATCH (because that’s real cooking, and always makes you proud). Someone who doesn’t always need measuring cups, to know how much flour he needs in his bowl. And that’s Jamie Oliver!. It really amazes me, how he would turn any complex meal into anyone-can-cook-it type of meal. And if ever Jamie Oliver is in town, I think I’ll be the first to go to his class or show. Now seriously, the twist I added to my salad was after watching one of his episodes on theFoodnetwork. He first fried the garlic in hot oil to let the garlic release its flavor, then started adding the rest of the ingredients. This is what I did with my salad, and of course it turned out a success! The hubby said it had an asian feel to it. And had I fried the garlic just a little bit more, it would have tasted Chinese. By the way, my boy has a good palate, & if only he puts his food critic capabilities into good use. I think his remarks would help people cook better! 

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I first had this at my Syrian neighbor’s. We decided all three of us (The third was my Egyptian neighbor) to have breakfast together, and that each one of us would bring a dish with her. I am a big fan of fool (Fava beans in Arabic), but for breakfast? I was SkEpTiCal..although in Marrakesh sometimes people would eat bissara for there breakfast (Bissara is a bean puree), and that’s because it’s tasty, easy to make, keeps you full, but most importantly because it’s CHEAP. Hmmmm I guess, now I should introduce you to bissara Moroccan style. I wonder why I never thought about it!  Anyways, I loved the beans & for some reason I had a craving for them lately. I got the recipe from my neighbor, made it & now it’s your turn. She told me in Syria this is considered a main dish, but I like to serve it as a side dish or a salad 🙂

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Ok guys, I am finally & officially back to business again. And now it’s time to announce the re-opening of my “Do it the Moroccan way” blog.  On this occasion, I want to thank  Moroccoblogs for their post about my blog. My thanks also extend to the unknown reader who told them about it. It made my day, and you all should know that I’m ecstatic to start blogging again. 

Not blogging for a little more than year, didn’t feel right to me. I guess I could have just started a new blog, but I kinda resisted the idea. Simply, because I loved this blog, and wanted to keep it. And for those of you who are wondering, well let me tell you that there was nothing wrong with the blog. The only thing was  that I could not log in. And that’s why many of your comments were not approved, until recently. All it took me, is a trip to Morocco to log in to my blog! (Hey! did I just make it sound like I went all the way to Morocco just to log in to my blog?) Wouldn’t that be interesting?. Well no. Actually we were there for vacation. Although, I think that if I could afford to do so, I would have done it. So now, how about we talk about some food?

I didn’t plan this post, it’s just what I was making & thought to share with you on the blog. For a new post I would have loved to celebrate with brownies or cupcakes, but we can still do that later, right? So today it’s a red day, because of the beets which unfortunately can be somewhat underrated in some cultures. My Syrian neighbor told me that they would use them only to color pickled parsnips. In Morocco, we actually eat them. And if your parents happen to be Moroccan, you better eat your beets. I remember as a kid the only fun thing about eating beets is, that lipstick effect I would get from the pigment in the beet!! And FYI, if you have issues with indigestion, blood pressure, or even halitosis, well there you have it (it’s called beet).

  

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Yesterday, I had no plans as to what to make for our salad. Because we were still feasting on some salmon leftovers (it will be my next post inshallah) that I made the day before, I couldn’t really think of something. So when it was almost time for dinner I opened the fridge & grabbed few ingredients mix them. The result was out of this world. I was telling hubby: “if you don’t like it don’t complain, because I made it up & it’s not a recipe”. He nodded & stuck his fork in the salad. I kept looking to see what was his reaction. Me: “You liked it dear?”. “Yes, it’s good. I liked it”. He said.
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In a bowl put spinach leaves, strawberry, brown rice (boiled & drained beforehand), green onion. Now prepare the vinaigrette: cube the fetta cheese, add some olive oil & mix together it will get lumpy but you can fix that later, add apple cider vinegar, garlic salt, & black pepper to taste. Add the vinaigrette to the salad. Mix & enjoy. (You can garnish with some nuts if you like). Really I loved it, & I felt I could have more of this.

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Luckily the Moroccan oranges are one of the best in the world. They are juicy, and sweet and are widely consumed by Moroccans. They’re grown in the Haouz region in the south.  And as one of the top producers of orange in the world, Morocco exports this sweet watery fruit to Europe as well. Anyway, if you need a vitamin C boost, try the Moroccan salad/dessert, (could be both) there’s no specific time to eat this. It’s yummy & good for you. Peel an orange, slice it up & dust it with cinnamon & enjoy.

Things you can add: (Powdered sugar, vanilla extract, almonds or dates)

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OK I know some of you are going to say: are you kidding me? This looks like salsa to me, besides salads are much advanced these days to just have two veggies in it & still call it salad. Well, I know that but I have to tell you that this is a Moroccan smart salad. First, because it’s wearing the Moroccan flag’s colors; red & green which is very patriotic of this famous salad ;). (Forgiveness is highly expected from you when it comes to one of those silly ramblings of mine.(Blush). Yeah, I was saying it’s a smart salad. First, because it comes in many versions for different seasons: (either fresh & that means raw veggies, roasted veggies or roasted & then cooked) & each one of them is different in flavor even if they almost have the same ingredients. And sorry to tell you that you’re not lucky enough to see all versions today. I made this one a while ago & now it’s ready to show up!. Anyway, what makes it very famous in my Morocco is because it’s easy, cheap, & very yummy. Really sometimes I wonder how you could get something so tasty & refreshing out of such a short list of ingredients! I don’t want to forget to mention that a plus with this one is that even kids can make it!

You’ll need Tomato + green pepper + minced garlic + coriander/parsley ( better chopped) + salt + cumin + olive oil. Mix together & taste. What I do is just mix all & add garlic, cumin or salt if needed or until it tastes perfect! Oh by the way, mom used to add a jalapeño to this sometimes. (I can’t tolerate it)!

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