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Monthly Lunch Around the World:Moroccan

Join us on a trip to Morocco!

The cuisine of Morocco is rated among the best in the world, and rightly so. There are few places where food is more carefully and artistically prepared, more delightfully served, and more enjoyed than in this country.

Cooking in Morocco falls into two specific categories. The first, intended for important guests, is the work of skilled chefs. It requires such intensive supervision that the host does not participate. He merely oversees the banquet with his sons and servants. No women are present. The men squat on mattresses or pillows around low, beautifully inlaid tables. A silver ewer of perfumed water is taken around and poured over three fingers of the right hand of each guest.

The host claps his hands and the meal begins. One course after another- each delicacy is served until Chban- complete satiation- is achieved. Again the silver ewer filled with warm water is presented to clean the mouth, lips, and hands. The meal is a feast for the gods and indeed it begins and ends with Bsmillah--God's blessing.

In the second category of cookery are the wonderful dishes prepared with loving care by the mistresses- Dadas- of the homes. Here, where time does not seem to count, she spends hours with her glazed earthenware and copper cooking dishes and her kanoun, the movable clay brazier. Her kitchen is austere, and the charcoal which perfumes the kebabs and allows the sauces to simmer is the only source of heat. There are no chairs. A folded carpet serves as a seat. The Dada is dressed in a long colorful robe tucked up in front and her wide sleeves are held in place with a twisted cord.

The scents of coriander, cumin, saffron, marjoram, and onion mingle with the pungency of olive oil and the sweetness of sandalwood, mint, and roses, delighting the senses.

Moroccan Food Proverbs

  • He who eats when he is full, digs his grave with his teeth.
  • A strainer is none the worse for having another hole.
  • He who wants honey should tolerate bee stings.
  • He who touches honey is compelled to lick his fingers.
  • He who chooses to be a grain, the hen will eat him.
  • The children of him who has wheat in his house should not beg of his neighbor.
  • The eating of worms is better than the food of envious people.
  • Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bone.
  • Feed your guests, even if you are starving.
  • Friendship is honey – but don’t eat it all.
  • He who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon.
  • A stone from the hand of a friend is an apple.
  • Manage with bread and salted butter until God brings something to eat with it.
  • The tar of my country is better than the honey of others.
  • When my child and I have eaten, then clear the table.
  • Evening promises are like butter – morning comes, and it’s all melted.
  • There is no hunger but the hunger of wheat.
  • He who fills his stomach with melons is like he who fills it with light.
  • Little by little, the camel goes into the couscous.
  • No land without stones, no meat without bones.
  • At dinner, the butcher eats parsnip.
  • When a cow falls, everybody gets his knife to take a piece of it.
  • All raisins have a stick on them.
  • Without fingers, the hand would be a spoon.
  • A small date stone props up the water jar.
  • The pumpkin gives birth and the fence has the trouble.
  • The dog cannot bite when he has a bone in his mouth.
  • An egg cannot break a stone.
  • The biggest nuts are those which are empty.
  • Among walnuts only the empty one speaks.
  • When the chicken’s feathers are of gold, it isn’t smart to make broth out of the hen.
  • What you have put into your kettle comes out into your spoon.
  • Every sheep hangs by its own leg.
  • If you make yourself honey, the flies will eat you.
  • Mother a weed, father a weed. Do you expect the daughter to be a saffron root?
  • One cannot hold two watermelons in one hand.
  • Put your dates in the honey pot, but don't sink it afterward in the mud of the Nile.
  • You can count the number of apples in one tree, but you can never count the number of trees in one apple.
  • When you have put your head into the mortar, it is useless to dread the sound of the pestle.

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7 Course Dinner: $25 per person (not including tax & tip)

Please bring CASH ONLY to cover your meal and drinks, as separate checks will not be honored. This makes it easier for the hostess. Please, be prepared to add 8% tax & 20% gratuity towards your bill.

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And last, but not least, please be on time!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Everything was very good. There were only five of us but it was a very nice evening. Can't wait for next month. (Japanese)

    September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The host is on her way!

    September 15, 2012

  • Dee

    There were a few recent cancellations, let me know if there is space. Would like to attend, but I didn't rsvp and I see there is a waiting list. Pls send notice by 5pm.

    September 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone,

    Will take another count in September. In the pass many RSVP to come but did not show up. I just want to be sure that all that RSVP will be attending. Will let you know. Thanks.

    August 30, 2012

    • Diahn

      I just cancelled. I had to get some repairs done to my house unexpectedly.

      September 15, 2012

  • carla

    I am only bringing one guest not two. So there is a empty spot open.

    September 11, 2012

  • Anetta

    Hello, would love to join this event. Is it possible to get more spots with the group. Is anyone working on getting more space to RSVP. Thanks

    August 28, 2012

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