Category Archives: African

Moroccan Style Tajine Chicken with Cauliflower Couscous

Couscous is not one of my favorite things.  I think it was because of all the West African Mechoui(s) (Mutton stuffed with couscous) I attended for receptions, births, marriages or whenever anyone wanted to celebrate anything.  The really elegant Mechoui(s) … Continue reading

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Border Crossings

Having spent more than half our lives in foreign countries, many of them African, we’ve crossed a few borders.  In West Africa, we loved to hop in the car and travel to a neighboring country for 3-4 days.  Border crossing … Continue reading

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Empty Cupboard Syndrome, Romanesco and Sweet Potatoes

Today just as I was finishing up a romanesco gratin to take to a lunch, I realized I didn’t have any more ready made bread crumbs and was appalled.  I had to sit down and calm myself.  I really HATE … Continue reading

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Confit de Poulet aux Fruits Secs

My inspiration for today’s dinner comes from the website, Elle a Table  http://cuisine.elle.fr/Elle-a-Table/Recettes-de-cuisine/Confit-de-poulet-aux-fruits-secs-833698 and it’s a good one.  With the spices and dried fruit, it has a Moroccan-like flavor.  Good thing I was in tajine mode today.   So easy and … Continue reading

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The Cuisine of Ile de Maurice

We were so lucky to meet Twayab, a perfectionist at his job of house restoration and a superb cook.  He and his lovely wife Mina invited us over to sample his native foods from the island of Mauritius. We began this … Continue reading

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Calamari Stew

I woke up this morning thinking of some calamari we once had in Cotonou, Benin; a rich, thick, garlicky, tomato-ey, spicy stew.  We talked about it for days!  I just happened to have some calamari rings in the freezer :)Continue reading

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Fatima’s Lentils with Spiced Cured Pork Shoulder

Abdel’s (stove care) mom gave me the recipe for her delicious Moroccan lentils.  I didn’t have the ras el hanout spice so I made it from fresh ground spices.  Fantastic!  Did I mention that Emile Henry’s tajines are easy to … Continue reading

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Spicy Moroccan Lamb Burger

Back to Jamie.   Today’s recipe is inspired by this month’s edition of Jamie magazine.   While making the burgers, I started to feel slightly uneasy and disloyal because I wasn’t exactly following the recipe.  Again.   Willfully fiddling with … Continue reading

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Lamb Tajine with Potatoes and Chickpeas

I was browsing through Tastespotting the other day and I saw an absolutely, gorgeous, brick red tajine with chicken.  I immediately went into the garage and began a feverish search for my Moroccan tajine.   No joy.   Since everyone … Continue reading

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The Paper Towel Holder

Unlike me, an unrepentant boutique shopper, my husband loves shopping in places that are packed to the ceiling with hundreds, even thousands of  “objet”, not necessarily d’art. Over the years, he has been able to find some great items, like … Continue reading

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