Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Doha Makes Couscous

On Friday we got out of language class early for cooking class! It was pretty fun, because we learned how to make couscous but the entire cooking class was in Arabic. I picked up some new vocabulary while learning to make a Moroccan delicacy!

Fridays are for couscous--every week, we get out of school early so that we can enjoy lunch with our families. The most popular type is "7-vegetable couscous" which is what most of our families make for us. For this lesson though, Doha, our homestay coordinator, made a sweet-and-salty version with caramelized onions and golden raisins (YUM!).

(By the way, yes I did make couscous at school, eat it, and then go home and eat more couscous. You can never eat enough here.)

Couscous here is not like in the States, where you can open a box and spend five minutes boiling it and bam, couscous. It's steamed here, and takes at least an hour to cook. It's a meal that takes a lot of time, so families eat it on Fridays when everyone is home due to it being a holy day.

Doha informed us that her mother is much better at making couscous, but we enjoyed it nonetheless!
My classmates smelling the spices.
The mixture had onions, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and tons of other delicious flavors!

Hungry? I don't blame you. It was ladeed--delicious!

1 comment:

  1. This looks sooo good! I really enjoyed seeing the pictures of the delicious looking food and the gorgeous tiled kitchen. Simply beautiful, and now you can cook this dish for me when you return :)