Delicious Moroccan favorites

Turkish Sun Jams

Many years ago while doing a study abroad program in Morocco, we spent a lot of time eating the best bread and apricot jam I have ever had. We ate it for breakfast, lunch and even just for a snack.

This last week our local farmers market was chock full of tasty sun-ripened apricots. I bought a bunch and made a delicious apricot jam. Unfortunately, it rained non-stop and I was unable to finish it in the sun, but if you have the opportunity to do so, your jam will be better than you imagine. Apricots are full of vitamin A and potassium among other things. BC Apricots are amazing!

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Memories of Moroccan Sellou

I finally got around to searching for the recipe to this amazing almond and honey energy paste that they eat for breakfast during Ramadan in Morocco. It started niggling at me a few months ago, but the truth was I couldn’t even remember the name of it. I soon found results coming up that were pointing to a treat called Sellou. Soon I was on youtube watching this video by cookingwithalia.com:

Many years ago I lived with a Moroccan family in Rabat. The family had a son and daughter who were around my age. The daughter was wiry, smart and a black belt in taekwondo. The son was refusing to follow the Ramadan fast as he was as skinny as a rake and in the middle of intense exams at his school which are highly competitive. The mother was possessive and passionate, an amazing cook, the father was rarely seen but seemed a very quiet mild-mannered fellow.

Sellou is eaten before the sun rises during Ramadan and is power-packed with energy to get you through a long day of fasting. Each family has their own recipe and whenever I asked for it they would always wave me off, saying that it was so easy just almonds, roasted flour, sesame and honey so I never bothered to write it down. Perhaps this was just their way of keeping their household sellou recipe their own special secret.

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Daikon Pickled Pink

A common favorite. I have found these pickles from Morocco to Myanmar. In Asia they often leave out the beet, but I like the pink color that results from the beet juices.

  • 1 large daikon radish
  • 1 small beet, raw, peeled and cut in slices
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, cut into slices
  • 1 T whey
  • 2 ½ T sea salt
  • 1t or more chili powder (optional)
  • water as necessary to cover

Method:
Peel the daikon, cut in half or quarters. Put them in a bowl with the salt sprinkled over and mixed up. Place in jars, interspersed with slices of garlic and beets. Press down. Add the whey and add water to cover. Place the lid on and let sit in a warm place for two days. Place in refrigerator. Will keep for weeks.

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