Saturday, November 10, 2012

#7 A taste from the Kingdom of Morocco

I really like the taste of Moroccan cuisine.  We skipped the couscous since we did not have it. It's a great meal for a cold thursday night.  We liked it very much!



1/3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
6 whole chicken legs ( drumsticks and thighs), skinned
2 tbsp (s) olive oil
1 onion, halved, cut into strips
4 large cloves of garlic, chopped
1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes in thick puree
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1 can organic chicken broth
2/3 c jumbo raisins
1/2 c pimiento stuffed olives
1/2 c chopped cilantro


1.  Mix the first seven ingredients in a baking dish. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture.

2. Coat chicken all over. 

3. Heat oil in medium heat. Brown chicken in 2 batches, 5 minutes per side until well browned. Remove to a plate and set aside.
4. Add carrots, onion, garlic to drippings in a pot; sauté for 5 minutes.
5. Stir in tomatoes, chickpeas, broth, raisins and olives. Breaking up tomatoes with the side of the spoon.

6. Return chicken to pot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring frequently, until chicken is tender. 

7.  Sprinkle cilantro before serving. 

I suggested Morocco on Thursday. I showed her where it is, and she discovered that it is in North Africa, and that they have a King. We did a quick search and we found the picture of a beautiful red haired princess, the wife of King Mohammed VI: Princess Lalla Salma.

She asked, "Does she eat Moroccan food only?"; "I'm sure she likes Moroccan food but like us, she must be willing to try different tastes and flavors from everywhere", I replied. Then she stared at the Princess' photos and said, "Yes the princess and I are the same, we like to try different foods from all over the world." In my thoughts: Oh wow. Did my princess, who is an extremely picky eater  just say that? I was so happy!  :)

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