Monday, March 3, 2014

Moroccan Salad Dressing

There's a really brilliant mixture of Moroccan salad dressing that I use very often, and it's great because you can put various vegetables in the mix and it tastes delicious. Some people may say that it's Italian, and that is fair enough. You can use the following mixture of vegetables:

  • 1 cup of carrot and 1 cup of potato. Peeled, chopped finely and boiled
  • 1 cup of carrot and 1 cup of peas. prepared as above
  • 2 cups of beetroot (4-5 medium beetroots), cleaned, boiled, then peeled and chopped finely.
Drain the desired mix of vegetables and place in a bowl.

Recipe for Moroccan Salad Dressing:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • half of one small onion, chopped very finely
  • 1/4 cup of chopped parsley 
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • salt to taste
 Mix the salad dressing in a bowl with the vegetables. Garnish with parsley if desired.

The Benefits of Henna

I've been using henna on my hair for 3 months now, and I must say that all of the results are positive. Applying henna as a paste to my hair mixed with vinegar, along with 2 teaspoons of paprika (to increase the redness) has given me the following:

  • the composition of my hair seems to have changed and it doesn't instantly break upon handling anymore
  • all itchiness and dandruff are gone
  • any gray hairs have changed to a honey blonde color (very nice side benefit)
  • hair is a deep red color
It feels really good to apply something completely natural and good for me, instead of applying chemical straighteners which were bad for my hair and my overall health, and didn't have nearly as many positive side benefits. I recommend henna for dry, curly hair. Follow it up with a natural protein treatment of 1 whole egg mixed with quarter of a cup of olive oil. Apply mixture to hair, cover with a shower cap and leave it in for 20 minutes. Rinse it out with warm water (not hot), and wash out with a good shampoo/conditioner combined or a gentle baby shampoo. I suggest that you do the natural protein treatment once a week, and apply henna once a month. You can thank me later. :)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Recipe: Moroccan Hircha (Patty Cakes) with Sultanas.

This is an original recipe that I promised to share with quite a number of friends. Why I love this recipe, is because the hircha reminds me of the cornbread my father used to make. You can eat these cakes straight out of the oven with refreshments. They're very filling and make a great side dish or dessert.

1/2 liter of milk
500g fine semolina
1/2 cup of sugar
handful of sultanas
a pinch of salt
3 packets (or teaspoons) of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baker's yeast
1 cup of cornflour
100g extra fine semolina

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcious, or if you have a gas oven like me, light the bottom element and turn the heat low. Mix up the dry ingredients in a bowl, everything except the baking powder, yeast and extra 100g of semolina. Form a well in the center, and place the yeast there. Pour in the milk, and stir gradually until well combined. Mix the baking powder in.

Place the extra semolina into a separate bowl. Pick up about 3 tbsp of dough and place it into the palm of your hand. Mould it into a round shape, then coat it in the semolina. Place on a lightly greased oven tray, all about one inch apart because they will rise. Bake in the oven about 10 minutes each side, or until golden brown. Bon appetit. :)

The Projects I Made for the Diploma of Crochet Design.

Time has flown, and yes, I did eventually complete the diploma in Crochet Design at the Local Community College last year. These are the pics that I promised I would post up ages ago! They are the projects I cut and sewed at the college: a size 2 kaftan, a size 6 kaftan, and an adult sized one- all with crocheted silk embroideries. I also tailored a pair of ruffled pants which go with the turquoise kaftan, and my very last project was a dress for a doll, which the head teachers came to see and decide on whether or not I obtained the right skills to get this diploma. I passed with flying colors, however, they are not giving me my signed, sealed diploma until later on this year. :S

Monday, October 24, 2011

OMG, where have I been?

I have been so busy since I moved back to Morocco. We went on holiday, then the month of Ramadan was absolutely hectic. My kids are back at school, and I've started a diploma in dress design. I go three days a week, and I've been learning how to cut out traditional Moroccan patterns, sew them and embroider them with crocheted silk. I've had a dress cut out for my 4 year old daughter last week, and I've taken it to a tailor to get the edges overlocked. Inside the community center where I'm learning there are about ten traditional sewing machines, two of them work with electricity and the others work with a pedal that makes a wheel go round, and makes the needle work. Reminds me of the spinning wheel in the story Rumpelstiltskin. lol. But hey, it does the job and works when there's no electricity!

There are about 5 women all studying with me. I can only work when my 8 month old baby is asleep. Otherwise, I have to hold her and observe, or sometimes if I'm lucky, a young girl who studies there may hold her for a while if she finishes her work. It is so impossible to find a babysitter here. There is a preschool inside the community center, but it consists of older children, who all line up to kiss my baby. Including the snotty nosed sick ones. So I'm not going to be putting her there just yet. Especially since I've decided not to immunize this one. So when I complete my daughter's kaftan, I'll post up pictures if anyone is interested in seeing. Let me know! Barik Allah feekum. :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

I'm up early this morning. I do truly believe that the early bird gets the worm. My husband called me at about 5am to wake me up for the morning prayer, so I woke up, made ablution and prayed. Then he called me at 6am and said make tea, he's bringing man'ush (Lebanese pizza) for breakfast, so just as I was about to go back to sleep, I got up again, put on a little make-up and perfume, then I made a pot of Moroccan tea.

So I've prayed, had a fabulous breakfast, managed to hang out my laundry already and I'm up early blogging. I've already got so much done this morning. I've had enough sleep! In half an hour, I'm off to shop for a new skirt. I think waking up early is a great start to the day.

'There is blessing in the early morning for the believer'    -Prophet Mohammed

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Freshwater Pearls

I've been so busy with my infant and 4 year old that I've hardly had time to update this blog.

Lately I've been obsessed with freshwater pearl jewelry. I ordered a couple of sets off of ebay, and they all arrived looking magnificent. Freshwater pearls are a beautiful alternative to salt water akoya pearls, which are expensive because they're the real mccoy!

Shell pearls are okay, but I'd only buy them if I was strapped for money because they're not real pearls. I also ordered a shell pearl pendant which looks nice. But it doesn't have the same lacquer and shine as a freshwater pearl pendant. It came with a shell pearl ring as a free gift, and the 'pearl' fell off after just one day of wearing it. Dropped on the floor while I was changing my clothes. Ah well, didn't pay for it anyway. :S

I need to research some natural remedies for the relief of hayfever. My husband has been suffering constant sneezing and itchy, watery eyes since autumn began, and over the counter medications haven't offered much relief! Suggestions anyone?

 Will blog soon. Peace :)