On our way to Imlil I met a local teacher that is working in a school in a valley without phone signal. He pinpointed his place on my (very inaccurate) map.
After summiting Toubkal, we decided to visit him. A lot of goating around, asking locals, trying to explain with our non existent french who are we looking for. Nobody really understood us.
Sunset. Conclusion that we won't find him. Going to lower village to find an accommodation.
We see a person on a path that eventually merges to ours. I wave as usual. He waves back. "Hello", I say. "Hello", he responds. "How are you", is my usual test whether there is enough English to communicate. "I'm good", he responds contrary to my expectations. And then he promptly adds: "Are you Michal?". Needless to say that we were surprised. It was Yassine. The guy who we were looking for several hours.
We spend whole evening together. Yassine and his teacher partner share a tiny house in the mountains. We cooked together typical Moroccan Tajín, drank a lot of tea and laughed a lot on our stories.
WTF moments are the best.
Moroccan Olive + Lemon Chicken Tajine with Apricot Glaze 🍋⠀
Morocco is my favorite destination. I took a solo trip there in 2016 after years of dreaming about it. It surpassed every expectation and I loved it. Oh, and trust me, I've dreamt of other destinations before only to have my bubble burst upon arrival. 😅😂⠀
Naturally, Moroccan food spoke to me. The 'tajine' is an infamous, Moroccan dish made with varieties of vegetables, meats, and spices. A “tajine” is actually the clay pot that slow cooks this yummy dish.⠀
You don't need a special pot to cook tajine at home, however! I'm trying something new and put a story in my highlights of how to make my version of tajine. You'll need the ingredients below to get started. Enjoy!⠀
-1 chicken breast, 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks🍗⠀
-4 roma tomatoes, chopped🍅⠀
-1 red onion, chopped⠀
-Spices: 2 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp coriander, 2 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp ginger, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp cardamom⠀
-1-2 tsp sea salt🧂⠀
-4 cloves garlic⠀
-3 oz (1/2 small can) tomato paste⠀
-5 carrots, roughly chopped🥕🥕🥕⠀
-1 can (15.5 oz) chickpeas, drained, and rinsed⠀
-2 cups stock of your choice (I use beef stock) ⠀
-1/2 cup olives (your choice) ⠀
-1/2 cup cilantro, chopped (for topping) ⠀
-slivered almonds (for topping)⠀
Apricot Glaze |⠀
-1 tsp ghee⠀
-3 oz dried apricots⠀
-1/4 to 1/2 cup water⠀
-drizzle maple syrup🍁⠀
Step-by-Step video in my story highlights! Check it out 👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼⠀
The Moroccan Tajine is one of our famous dishes at Al Hadheerah. Did you know that it's named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked? #AlHadheerahNights
الطاجين المغربي هو واحد من أشهر الأطباق التقليدية التي نقدمها في مطعم الحظيرة. هل تعلم أن اسم الطبق جاء تيمناً باسم الإناء الفخاري الذي يطهى به؟ #ليالي_الحظيرة