Saturday, 26 May 2007

Little Foodies Morocco

For our last day 'in' Morocco we used Claudia Roden's book Arabesque.

We made Birwat Bil Jban (Little Pies with Goats Cheese & Olives). These were a triumph. We may have over filled them and some of them split open but they tasted amazing. I would definitely make these again. They're also something which children can help to make with ease.


We also made Kefta Bil Hout (Fish Cakes). Again these were from the book Arabesque. They tasted nothing like little Thai fishcakes but were similar to make and just as yummy. We served them with grated cucumber and a good dollop of Rose Harissa. (I was addicted to this when pregnant both times and I could easily become addicted again!) The Little Foodies didn't have any harissa, though I could probably have mixed it with some yogurt to cool the intensity of it. These fish cakes were easy to make and really delicious. I'd definitely make them again. They'd also make great party food.


I asked the family which country we should go to next on our kitchen travels, expecting Italy, Spain or even China or America, so imagine my surprise when Little suggested Russia. I was a little gobsmacked and full of dread. "Russia, are you sure?" I thought I knew nothing about Russian food but after a little research it's not so scary after all. It's our wedding anniversary tomorrow so we'll be kicking off with Blinis, Smoked Salmon and Poor Mans Caviar. Quite a lovely thing to be having on your anniversary with your children too. I'd maybe have chosen this without Russia. Later in the day we'll be having Beef Stroganoff and possibly other things yet to be decided. Russia here we come...

10 comments:

Kelly-Jane said...

Oh my they both looks so savoury and delightful, there is something about filo and fishcakes that just make me want to do a Garfield - but with better table manners ;) LOL.

A copy of your scrapbook once you've finished would be really great thanks!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your Moroccan food looks yummy! I love North-African recipes...

Marie said...

Everything looks delicious! I can't wait to see Russia! I think Chicken Kiev comes from Russia, but I bet it's nothing at all like that frozen crap they try to peddle to us as Kiev's in the freezer section of the grocery store! I remember making Chicken Kiev for a dinner party many moons ago when I was just a young bird and it was lovely...it's garlic and golden buttery insides ooozing out onto a lovely parslied rice. Just perfect!

Truffle said...

Again what wonderful pastries. I may have to make them myself soon.

You really should make a book out of this. I'm sure other parents would love it!

Happy Anniversary for tomorrow! What a lovely way to celebrate :)

Freya and Paul said...

Gorgeous recipes! I am still applauding you! And Russia next week! Lots of Borscht! If you have Roasted Figs Sugar Snow by Diana Henry, this has some great Russian-themed recipes in it too.

Little Foodie said...

Hi KJ, LOL! Garfield in all his glory would probably fit right in, living with 3 boys.

Thank you Rosa, Nice pics of your cats today.

Hi Marie, Chicken Kiev is on the list for later in the week. I might make them myself or our butcher does very good fresh ones. Nothing like supermarket ones.

Thank you Truffle, you're such a sweetie! Working on my list for you, I'll e-mail it asap.

Thank you Freya, We do have that book. I hadn't thought to look in there but I will - right now. Rubbish weather for the Ballyhoo - boo hoo!

Amanda (or Catherine the Great for today!)

Kelly-Jane said...

I have a Russian cookbook called Please to the Table by Anya Von Bremzen, I love it. Looking forward to visiting Russia!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I don't know anything about Moroccan food but I can say these are delicious, Amanda!

I specially like the Birwat Bil Jban - the ingredients of the filling are among my favorite food. :)

Little Foodie said...

Hi Kelly Jane, Yes I saw that cookbook. I don't have any specific Russian cookbooks so will mainly be from the internet.

Thank you Patricia

Anonymous said...

Hi Little Foodie, nice blog, first time here as I have been googling for a middle-eastern Fish Cakes recipe. I had it in a cafe recently and it was a revelation... the one I had was essentially a Thai fish cake, but with moroccan spices (cumin, coriander seed, paprika, etc), rather than Thai. Is that how you make yours? Any other secrets would be GREAT! thanks

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