I stayed with a host family and Khadija, my student host, was more than generous. Her mom cooked every meal for us, each one bursting with flavor. Nothing beats a home cooked meal, especially when trying Moroccan food for the first time. I was incredibly impressed!
Each morning she laid out a wide spread of breakfast items. We ate pastries with jams and butters, and of course we had little packets of chocolate. I wish the chocolate for breakfast fad would stick in the U.S., but no such luck. I couldn’t stop drinking the Moroccan mint tea.
Below are my two favorite dinners. The first was traditional meal is cous-cous, piled high with various veggies like chickpeas, carrots, caramelized onions, and some other variety of beans. They also provided us with a soup that you pour over the whole thing. Whenever I asked about the name of the food, Khadija usually shrugged her shoulders and said something like, “I don’t know? Chicken?” Nicole, my good friend and roommate, would laugh and just eat.
This last one, simply called Meatballs, though I believe it’s Meatball Tagine. If only I could replicate any of these dishes. Most Moroccan dishes felt quite healthy. Filled with tons of vegetables and leaving you feeling fully satisfied.