Its an understatement to say I loved the food in Morocco on my first trip. I had never had food like this before, everything we ate was AMAZING! the salads, soups, and ofcourse the tagine's. Tagine's that were delicate, beautiful, decadent and all at the same time. Once I returned to New York I became obsessed with trying to cook tagine's, but my initial attempts were AWFUL! I was not able to replicate the delicate balance of flavors or get my ingredient proportions right. Partly I think I might have been trying to cook with an "Indian" touch, which of course was not giving me the Moroccan food I was craving so much.
Luckily or unluckily it took almost a year for Muntasim's immigration paperwork to process. During this time I spent a week every month with him hanging out in Marrakech. I call this our year of "dating" and it also doubled as a year long honeymoon! We made the most of these trips, often traveling to other towns and cities within Morocco and also taking a few short trips to Spain. And when we stayed home I spent most of my time with Ayesha our cook. From her I learnt many of the basics that the cookbooks were not teaching me.
The following vegan recipe is one of the first that I perfected and made often in my Manhattan apartment. It still remains one of my favorites.
• 1 medium size onion sliced
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1 tbs oil
• 2 tps ras-el-hanout
• 1 tsp salt
• 2 tbs dry parsley flakes
• 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped finely
• 1/2 cup carrots peeled and chopped into 1" pieces
• 1 small potato cut into small cubes
• 1/3 cup green peas
• 2 medium size tomatoes chopped
• 1 cup water
1) Add all ingredients to a cooking pot or tagine, cover and let simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.
With bread, or over rice and couscous!
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