Moruno Grilled Mushrooms

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  • 20-30 Shiitake mushrooms
  • 2tsp Moruno blend
  • 1 tsp Salt or to your taste
  • 1tbsp Olive oil
  • Lemon (to taste)

Using wooden or metal skewers, mix olive oil, Moruno and salt. Whisk lightly to ensure all ingredients are well incorporated. Put the mushrooms into the mixture and let marinade for 10-15 min. Place on skewers tightly and put on the grill at a medium heat. Turn frequently so they don't dry out or burn. Serve with lemon wedges - squeeze to taste.

Grilled Quail with Harissa and Sumac

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Harissa Quail:

  • 3 tbsp Villa Jerada Harissa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp crushed thyme
  • 2 quail

Sumac Quail:

  • 3 tbsp Sumac
  • Half a lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 quails

In a bowl mix all ingredients to obtain a marinade. Soak the chicken into the marinade for at least 45 min. Grill (we did a bbq for ours) gently turning often enough to ensure nothing burns or overcooks (depending on the bird) about 7 min on each side or until cooked to your preference. Once cooked serve on a dish with some lemon wedges.

Harissa Fish Tagine

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  • Halibut or cod filet
  • 1 tbsp Harissa
  • 2 tsp Kefta rub
  • 2 Anaheim fresh peppers
  • 4 Wax potatoes
  • 1 Fennel
  • 2 Tomato
  • 2 Small onions
  • Olive oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • Water
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Salt

Start by heating olive oil, lay sliced onions onto the tagine or the bottom of your pan. Add the tomatoes sliced and the fennel, garlic, Harissa, Kefta rub and a little bit of water so the spices don’t burn. Cook for 5 min. Add potatoes, Anaheim peppers, cilantro and parsley chopped. Add more water to create a stew consistency. Once vegetables are almost cooked add the fish. Cook for 5-7 min depending on the desired thickness.

Saffron Parsnip & Zucchini Soup

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  • 1 Leek
  • 1 Parsnip
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 cups of milk (or almond milk if vegan)
  • 1 pinch of saffron
  • 1 Oregano sprig
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

Sweat the leeks in olive oil along with parsnips cut in pieces for 5 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid browning. Then add the water, salt, saffron and oregano. Cool for 10 minutes. Cook until all the vegetables are tender. Then add the milk. Blend until a silky creamy soup.

Chermoula Asparagus with Carmelized Onions

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  • 1lb asparagus
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Villa Jerada Chermoula
  • 3 Tbsp extra Virgin olive Oil
  • Half of a lemon
  • Salt to taste

Heat the olive oil, add the onions and cook on a medium heat until they sweat and caramelise, stirring frequently for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile trim your asparagus and boil it for 3-4 minutes drain and cut in halves. Once the onions are cooked, add the asparagus, the Chermoula and stir until the Chermoula blends in to make a nice thick sauce. Add olive oil and drizzle lemon to taste.

Dukkah Endive Salad

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  • 2 endives
  • 4 dates
  • 150g Manchego cheese
  • Picholine Olive Oil
  • half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp. Dukkah

Separate the endives leaves rinse and dry. Place on a plate and put aside. Pit the dates and slice. Mix your olive oil and a half a lemon into a thick vinaigrette. Pour the vinaigrette on top of the endives, sprinkle 3 quarters of the Dukkah, and mix all with your hands. Add the dates, then grate the cheese on top and sprinkle the rest of the Dukkah over the salad.

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Kefta Shakshuka

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  • 1 lb ground beef chuck
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro, divided
  • 4 ½ teaspoons Villa Jerada Kefta Rub, divided
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt, plus additional to taste
  • 1 small onion, grated on the large holes of box grater or finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large ripe tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Villa Jerada Harissa
  • Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • Whole cilantro leaves, to serve
  • Crusty bread or pita, to serve (optional)

First, make the kefta (meatballs): combine the beef, ¼ cup of the chopped cilantro, 2 ½ teaspoons of the kefta rub, 1 teaspoon salt and the onion in a medium bowl. Mix well to combine. (I think it’s easiest to mix with your hands.) Using your hands or a small scoop, shape the mixture into walnut-sized balls. Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan and chill for at least 20 minutes. While the kefta are chilling, heat the olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the tomato, tomato paste, remaining ¼ cup chopped cilantro, harissa, the remaining 2 teaspoons kefta rub, a generous pinch of salt and pepper and the water. Cook until the tomato has broken down and the mixture has thickened to a sauce-like consistency. Add the kefta. Cover and cook until the meatballs are almost cooked through, about 10 minutes. Use a spoon to make an egg-sized hole in the shakshuka. Crack one of the eggs into the hole. Repeat with the remaining 3 eggs. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the eggs reach desired doneness, about 10 minutes for medium-soft. Sprinkle the eggs with a little salt. Scatter the whole cilantro leaves over the shakshuka and serve hot. Makes 4 servings.

Ras El Hanout Yogurt

  • 1 ½ cups full-fat greek yogurt or labneh
  • 2 teaspoons Res el Hanout spice blend
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Best quality extra virgin olive oil, to serve
  • Raw sliced vegetables, to serve

Whisk the yogurt, Res el Hanout and honey together in a medium bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to come together. Serve with vegetables and topped with best quality olive oil. (I used Les Terroirs de Marrakech extra-virgin olive oil.)

Moroccan Vegetable Tagine

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  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium yukon gold potatoes, peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 1 large tomato, cored and sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 1-2 Anaheim peppers, seeded and sliced lengthwise ¼ inch thick
  • 1 clove garlic, very thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 3-4 tablespoons best quality olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons harissa
  • 1 teaspoon kefta rub
  • 15 saffron threads
  • Sea salt + freshly ground black pepper
  • About 8 small sprigs cilantro, plus additional to garnish

Scatter the onions over the bottom of a large sauté pan or tagine and salt lightly. Tile the sliced potatoes over the onions. Arrange the sliced tomatoes, peppers and garlic over the potatoes. Pour the water into the bottom of the pan. The precise amount will vary slightly based on the size of your pan, but you want enough to form a thin layer over the bottom of the pan, just covering the onions. Pour the olive oil over the vegetables. (Don’t skimp on the olive oil, it’s part of what makes the potatoes silky and soft when they’re done cooking.) Dot the harissa over the vegetables. Season generously with salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Sprinkle with the kefta rub and saffron then arrange the cilantro sprigs over the top. Bring the water to a gentle simmer over medium heat then cover and cook until most of the water has evaporated, the potatoes are cooked through and the tomatoes are starting to fall apart, about 20 minutes. You may need to reduce the heat a little. If there’s still a little water in the bottom of the pan when the vegetables are done, remove the lid and cook off the excess. Sprinkle with additional cilantro to garnish, if desired, and serve in the pan. Makes 3-4 servings.