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Feb. 10, 2010 6:09 pm 
Updated: Feb. 13, 2010 10:32 am
 Tonight was all about a Moroccan marketplace...that was my inspiration. I was lucky enough to see a travel show about Morocco during the last week and it was rather fascinating. I think I want to add seeing Rabat, Morocco's capitol city to my "bucket list". I made a vegetable curry, couscous and Olive Chicken I<
 This is actually the third attempt at writing this tonight, the first time, I accidently closed off the internet, the second time...things froze up on me and then I had to restart the stinkin' computer! So, I'm hoping this third time will be the charm! I made dinner early tonight because tomorrow I get to go to Ocean Park, Wa until Sunday! It's our Valentine's Day present for each other! And, of course, I had to find a dog friendly hotel...they both love the beach! And, the most exciting part is that there is a high wind storm warning for tomorrow!! I hope I catch some awesome wave pictures!
 Now, back to Morocco.....Imagine walking around these marketplaces smelling different tangines, preserved lemons, olives, garlic, onions, cumin, paprika, saffron, ginger, coriander and cilantro. Women would be dressed in jellabas, hooded robes. One might have henna on her hands indicating that she had recently attended a wedding in the family. Fruit and vegetable stalls...on one you might see neat, orderly displays of baby artichokes, zucchini, okra and tomatoes, while on another, the vendor may have just spread his/her display out on an oilcloth on the ground. A spice stall would have mounds of saffron, paprika, tumeric, cardamom and caraway...I want to see this all just once! I want to see springtime in central Morocco and the white truffle dealers along the roadsides, I want to see the bakeries in different neighborhoods around Rabat...I just want to see it!! I'm so glad that I got to learn about this country, what diversity!
 Now, back to that vegetable curry: I cut up carrot, red bell pepper, onion, eggplant, zuchinni and fennel (I bought a very small bulb because I've never eaten fennel and wasn't sure if I'd like it as I'm not fond of black licorice, but cooked like this, it was really good!). I put that all in my big saucepan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cooked until the carrots started to get soft. In the meantime, in a small saucepan, combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, 3 minced cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon of curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon tumeric, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and salt and pepper to taste. Heat for 3 minutes on medium heat, taking care not to let the garlic brown. Add this mixture to the vegetable mixture, then add 1 cup of orange juice and 1/4 cup of sliced almondsand one can of drained garbanzo beans. This is when you could add raisins and dried apricots, but I didn't have either, so I didn't add them. I put the lid on the pan, turned the heat to really low and let it all simmer for about 20 minutes. Super yummy and really different!
 The couscous was simple: 1 cup vegetable broth, 2/3 cup couscous, 1 tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of salt. Bring the broth, oil and salt to a boil, stir the couscous in with a fork, cover it, turn off the heat and leave it for 5 minutes. Then fluff it up with a first, I thought it reminded me of grits, but that wasn't it...I'm not sure. I've never had couscous before tonight, but I did like it and so did my husband.
 The Olive Chicken I recipe was scaled back for 2 people, so I had to guess at spice measurements and olives, but it tasted really good, so I hope I got it right! I did add in just a few strands of saffron, just because saffron is Morocco, in my opinion and I haven't used it for a really long time and I'm not sure how long before it loses it's perfume. Other than that, I followed that recipe pretty much.
 I don't know about you, but if my husband tells me that dinner is something that he wouldn't mind having again, that's a major compliment to me because his Majesty can be rather picky. And he did tell me that tonight, and to be perfectly honest, that dinner left me wanting more Moroccan food...more of that aroma in the air in this RV. It's a beautiful thing!!
 I spent $15.11 on supplies for tonight, leaving $4.89 to go into my "Beach Bag" fund for next year. I have over $30 in it in just over 6 weeks, and that's not too bad. Room with Hot Tub at the I come!
 Again, I want to thank each and every person who voted for next week's blog on Sunday. If you want to vote, just visit the recipe exchange on Sundays. That's when my husband picks a country and I do to, and we let the recipe exchange group decide on which one. Anyway, my husband picked Spain and I picked Korea and by the majority of the week is KOREA!! So, stay tuned in for next week!
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Feb. 10, 2010 6:23 pm
What you wrote about Morocco makes me want to visit there as well. I think I could wander for hours in a market like that. Your Moroccan dishes look great, and that curry sounds like something I might try. Great blog!
Feb. 10, 2010 6:26 pm
I Love your blog!! Please keep it up. You are inspiring me to try all of these great recipes.
Feb. 10, 2010 6:29 pm
Wow, what a wonderful, detailed description of EVERYTHING! Hope you get to Morocco one day SOON. Enjoy the trip to beach. Look forward to your pics. You take amazing nature shots.
Feb. 10, 2010 6:29 pm
Hi Witchywoman :) Your blog was great as usual! Thanks and keep it up :)
Feb. 10, 2010 6:41 pm
Hi WW, thanks for a good read. Moroccan food sounds like something my DH would love.
Feb. 10, 2010 7:09 pm
Hi WW! Your trip to Morocca was so interesting! When you go, can I go with you? I would love to spend time in those markets! Your menu looks fabulous too. I look forward to reading your blogs and seeing your great pictures.
Feb. 10, 2010 7:14 pm
Another beautiful meal! I LOVE couscous- I simmer a few cloves of garlic in my broth/stock for about 45 minutes first. Gives it an amazing flavor. One of my favorite foods :)
Feb. 10, 2010 8:31 pm
What fun! Now I am dreaming of olive chicken and couscous! The curry sounded divine, too.
Feb. 10, 2010 9:03 pm
Once again a great blog! The meal sounds really good and our description of the marketplace is fascinating. I'm looking forward to your Korean "travels" next week.
Feb. 10, 2010 9:06 pm
That should be YOUR description (I really should proofread before I post lol)
Feb. 11, 2010 5:08 am
Great blog! Moroccan vegetable curry is amazing. But seems it is the only one moroccan dish I`ve made so far. But I am very interested in Moroccan food.
Feb. 11, 2010 6:16 am
Sounds yummy! I definitely would like to visit Morocco - your description of the marketplace is exactly how I imagine it to be!
Feb. 11, 2010 8:17 am
Great blog as usual! The marketplace sounds like a great place to spend some time. I love couscous.
Feb. 11, 2010 8:38 am
WOW, WW! You make me want to watch the travel channel! I love it that you and hubby try out different culture's food. I felt like I was there at the market place with you selecting foods. You've a real talent for writing!
Feb. 11, 2010 8:49 am
Great blog, great information, great food! Thank you so much! Looking forward to Korea-blog next week
Feb. 11, 2010 9:06 am
I love Morocco so much I thought about moving my family there! If you like I could post a few recipes I picked up over there, cucumbers with rose water, beets (I call them space rubies so my kids eat them) Savory Carrots, Sweet Carrots, and Amazirgh (berber) pizza, man I'm hungry!
Feb. 11, 2010 9:11 am
Another great blog WW, keep them coming...I am enjoying the travels to far off lands through your cooking!!
Feb. 12, 2010 2:08 pm
Hi Witchy! Your blog and photos give me such a kick and inspire me to great things! You and your hubby and "kids" look so very happy, and your photos are tremendous....keep it up!
Feb. 12, 2010 2:51 pm
Great blog again WW! I love the pics too, did you get a new camera??
Feb. 12, 2010 8:35 pm
Mmmmmm, you make it so I can almost smell the meal! The photos were so pretty of the sunset!
Feb. 13, 2010 4:19 am
Morroco sounds great, would love to go there! I have tried that olive chicken and I really enjoyed it too...looking forward to Korea!!
Feb. 13, 2010 9:07 am
This sounds so tasty and doable. I love couscous. So much can be done with it. And I enjoy your blogs and pictures. Can't wait for Korea. It's one of my favorite cuisines.
Feb. 13, 2010 10:32 am
Well! I'm just going to have to invite myself out to your place for dinner! You've been coming up with some mighty good food, complete with sights, sounds and smells of what is in each area you've chosen to visit!
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I've been married to my husband for over 8 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state by Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight movies. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world. I write a monthly column for our local newspaper called Life in an RV and that site is I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my recycled container garden and I love to create new recipes. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter, unless it involves baking. My husband & I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety...we have 4 of those: Puppa, Sasha, KiKi & Super Dave the Girl Cat. I am a prize-winning nature photographer.
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I've had several of my original recipes published, I've had my blog featured in a magazine, I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper and I'm already one year into my cooking venture of Around the World in an RV. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends.
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