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Celebrating Cultures and Food Traditions

In April, I had the absolute pleasure to experience the rich and vibrant culture and food traditions visiting my husband’s family in Morocco during Ramadan. I’ve shared with you my experiences travelling to Morocco in the past, with an obvious focus on the incredibly delicious food. This time around, the focus for food centred around “ftour” or breakfast, the first meal during Ramadan. If you’re like me and love breakfast food, then breakfast in Morocco is something not to miss! A typical ftour during Ramadan included: 

 

  • harira (a delicious tomato-based soup with chickpeas and lentils)
  • chebakia (yummy Moroccan sesame cookies)
  • sefouf (a rich, nutty confection made from ground almonds and sesame seeds)
  • dates (of which I ate many!)
  • raib (Moroccan homemade yogurt)
  • meloui (round, laminated Moroccan pancakes/crepes)
  • beghrir (Moroccan pancakes with a honeycomb texture – a fave in our house)
  • milk, tea, fresh orange juice, cheese, honey, boiled eggs and bread

 

Once again, our trip to Morocco has inspired me to travel, see, and experience all this world has to offer, including all the different cultures and food traditions. Not able to get away? Bring a bit of culture and new foods home to you! Round up the family and encourage them to get involved in the experience! I’ve linked recipes to some of the ftour foods mentioned above and, as you can see, I really love the recipes from ‘Taste of Maroc’ as they are both authentic and delicious and relatively easy to follow for more complicated recipes, like meloui.

 

https://tasteofmaroc.com/moroccan-harira-soup-recipe/

https://tasteofmaroc.com/moroccan-sellou-recipe/

https://tasteofmaroc.com/moroccan-meloui-recipe/

https://tasteofmaroc.com/beghrir-moroccan-semolina-pancakes/

 

Yours in food and health!

 

Jenn Giurgevich is a Registered Dietitian and former contract Professor at Brescia University College with a wealth of nutrition knowledge. Over the last 10+ years, Jenn has paired her love for nutrition and health with her undeniable love for fitness, working as both a personal trainer and fitness instructor.

 

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