Category Archives: world cuisine

Barcelona part 2 – tips from friends

As mentioned in my first Barcelona post, I have decided to pass on my Barcelona tips in three parts: my pre-this trip tips; pre-trip tips from others; and then finally a post about what I actually did.  This is Barcelona … Continue reading

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Eating in Marrakech

There is no shortage of restaurants in Marrakech – there are new ones popping up every week.  However, if can be difficult to find something that represents good value (whether cheap or expensive) and it’s often difficult to find a … Continue reading

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Misshapen Vegetables

There are so many paradoxes in the Western/Northern concept of ‘progress’.  One of the absurdities of modern life is our apparent desire for perfectly formed fruit and vegetables – all year round, regardless of their natural season in the country … Continue reading

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Cheap eats – msimen café in Essaouira

There is a new cafe in Essaouira – it’s only been around for a few months and it’s only open in the evenings from 4-9pm, but it’s always packed to the gills and is cheap as chips.  Come to think … Continue reading

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Cornes de Gazelles ~ Kaab el ghzal ~ Gazelle’s Horns

  On my recent return from Morocco, my case was too full of presents and requests for friends (more on those later) to allow any space for my usual consignment of pastries and biscuits.  But it’s hardly the done thing … Continue reading

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Russian Coffee Cake

I changed jobs this week, and I couldn’t leave my team without bringing them in a cake.  Over the 1.5 years we worked together, my colleagues have got used to me bringing one in from time to time, so I … Continue reading

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Essaouira Eateries – part 2

On a recent trip back to Essoauira, I tried another couple of excellent restaurants in my favourite seaside city.  These ones are slightly further up the price and fine dining scale than some of those I reviewed here, but the … Continue reading

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Lemongrass winter warmer

  In a previous job, I attended the UN climate change talks in 2007 – “COP13” to the climate change policy wonks and wonkettes.  It was very hot in Bali in December, and we hydrated ourselves on litres of fresh … Continue reading

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The Spice Souk

Moroccan inspiration – from IKEA The spice shelf in your average British supermarket has come a long way over the last 10 years, but there’s nothing like buying exotic spices in exotic countries (for a fraction of the price). Last … Continue reading

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The complexities of Moroccan shopping

I love shopping in Morocco.  There are so many artisans making beautiful handmade crafts which have disappeared (if they ever existed) in Europe, such as beautiful mosaics.  Because they make things, people can also fix things – I have had … Continue reading

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