When I invite friends over on the few Sundays that I am actually back home, living a #Travelife, I usually cook dinner from scratch. Meaning grinding spices and making all my own sauces.
It's therapy in a way, on one of my rare off days when I don't have to go anywhere or eat in a restaurant.
A MOROCCO HANGOVER
|The dessert tonight at home,|
living a never-ending #Travelife...
By the way, everyone else in our wonderful group of 35 friends on the #Travelife to Morocco must have some sort of a hangover as well, as we're already having a first reunion on Tuesday, having just returned last week.
And then, guess what. There's a reunion again just over two weeks later, although unfortunately I'm not joining reunion #2, as I'll be in Istanbul, living a #Travelife.
A REAL HOME-MADE TAGINE
Anyway, back to tonight.
It's not a special evening at all, but I I decided to make my special tagine with lemons I preserved and olives I marinated myself. I even roasted and ground my own spices for today, including coriander seeds and cumin.
Of course I'm also using saffron I'd purchased in Marrakech, on a walk back to our hotel through the souk after visiting the Maison de la Photographie.
HOME-MADE HARISSA, TOO
Then, to go with the couscous, I made my own harissa, which is the spicy sauce so beloved in Middle Eastern cuisine.
You can buy this abroad in tubes or as paste, but today I made my own using spices I brought back from this trip, which I also roasted and ground myself.
It was actually fun to keep busy doing this.
Then I put out all the lamps and mirrors I'd brought back with me from Morocco, to enhance the atmosphere.
And putting everything out just made me realise what else I want to add to my house. I need two more elaborate tagine pots, perhaps a couple more mirrors and one more lamp.
I might even find the lamps in Istanbul next month, when I go for a holiday I'm increasingly getting psyched about. And if I don't, I'm planning to return to Morocco at the end of February anyway -- that is, if I don't get sidetracked on a visit to Mexico.
Then I'm basically done, turning my home into a little bit of Morocco, to remind me my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.
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25 February 2016