Five Steps to Creating the Perfect Moroccan Dining Experience at Home
When it comes to cuisines of the world, there are few to rival that of the North African continent. Moroccan food is a rich selection of spices, tagines, stews and fruits, a pallet of colour that tantalises the taste buds of everyone that tries it. This being said, turning the food of Morocco into a home dining experience, makes for the perfect dinner party. Let’s look at five simple steps to creating a memorable Moroccan dining experience in your very own home.
Gather the most authentic ingredients
The first step to take for any dining experience is to get your hands on the right ingredients. Moroccan cuisine relies heavily on key ingredients, and including these is a certified way to bring your Morrocan dining experience to life.
Spice is a huge part of the cuisine, and you don’t need to walk the markets of Marrakesh to obtain many of the spices that give Moroccan food its flavours. Spices such as cumin, cinnamon, saffron, white pepper, paprika and the famous Ras El Hanout all breath life into traditional Morrocan cooking. Along with these spices, traditional meat dishes require lamb or goat, and it imperative not to forget the techniques of cooking such as the famous tagine.
Think carefully about your accompanying drinks
As well as the traditional food, spices and techniques of cooking, a Morrocan dining experience would not be complete without the right drinks to go alongside.
Morocco is a culture based on Islamic traditions and laws, so alcohol doesn’t really make an appearance within their food and drink. Instead, Morroco’s national and most popular drink, fresh mint tea, makes for a refreshing addition to any Moroccan dining experience.
For a more refreshing thirst quencher, opting for Kolibri’s Tales of Marakesh drink is a great way to meld the flavours of Morocco into an enjoyable drink for the table.
Have a keen eye for presentation
Much of the authenticity of the Moroccan dining experience will come from the way you present the food and the atmosphere you create.
Typically, Moroccans will dine together in family groups, serving food from tangines, pots and serving platters. Using hands to eat, with an accompaniment of Khubz bread, it is a real hands-on affair and one that creates an atmosphere of homeliness and togetherness.
Creating a Moroccan-inspired atmosphere
Along with a particular way of presenting and enjoying the food, creating an atmosphere that matches that of a Morrocan home is a great way of amping up the whole experience.
From traditional music, folk tales and recounting of Morrocan history, there is much you can do to create an atmosphere that takes on the traditional feel of a Morrocan dining experience.
Why not try traditional Moroccan dress?
To really take on the true Moroccan feel, why not don traditional Moroccon clothes and truly immerse yourself in the culture.
As Morroco is a real mix of Arabian, Islamic and Berber traditions and cultures, there are a huge variety of styles and types of clothing to choose from. Stepping into the traditional and modern forms of clothing will instantly transport you to the bazaars and streets of the Morrocan heartland.