Thursday, February 3, 2011

Let There Be Light!

  I am finally taking a picture of my medina in the daylight. Kind of. It is a little gray today in Seattle. :-) I have been working on one side of the medina, and I hope to knock out another chunk as the day progresses. Piling all sorts of color and shapes in my painting reminds me of how full and hot and claustrophobic the medinas were throughout Morocco. It would be welcome relief, of sorts, when we'd walk into an open courtyard or wider lane. No matter. It was always interesting to wind through endless alleyways of colors, smells and sounds foreign and unusual. When we got through, it was though we had conquered something mighty and wild. (Let's all pat ourselves on the back for getting through that one!)

Dinner tonight at the Neinau's where I am currently Living...Moroccan couscous and mint tea.


  1. What recipe did you use for the couscous and mint tea?

  2. Couscous

    6 carrots
    1 onion
    6 little zucchini
    6-8 potatoes
    turmeric - 1/2 teaspoon
    cumin - 1/2 teaspoon or more
    cinnamon - 1/2 teaspoon or so
    salt, pepper to taste
    2 cups water or chicken stock
    3 or 4 de-boned chicken breasts - cut with scissors into somewhat bite-sized pieces or slightly larger.

    cube (large chunks) veggies, put all in a large crock pot and cook on slow 8 hours. Stir occasionally. Make a couple of boxes of couscous right before serving. (One box does make quite a bit.)
    Enjoy! (You can also add celery, garbonzo beans, etc. but not necessary.)

  3. Moroccan Tea

    loose gunpowder green tea
    big handfuls of fresh mint
    large sugar cubes to taste

    steep all ingredients, poor cups of tea two-three feet from cups to make bubbles and enjoy!