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Join Me on a Foodie Retreat in Marrakech, Morocco with MarocMama!

My friend and fellow blogger, Amanda Mouttaki (MarocMama) is a fearless traveler whom I admire for making the life-changing decision to move her entire family from Wisconsin to Morocco several years ago. It’s been amazing to watch her fly around the world and live vicariously through her many trips throughout Europe and Africa. Needless to … Read more

Eid is in the Air in Morocco

The following guest post is a contribution by fellow blogger and recent expat to Morocco, Amanda Mouttaki of MarocMama.com. I’ve been enjoying following her pursuits through daily life in her new home of Essaouira on the eastern coast of Morocco where she recently moved with her husband and two young sons. Check out her blog … Read more

Four Great Products to Try in 2013 | My Halal Kitchen

Four Great Products to Try in 2013 + a Giveaway [CLOSED]

One of the best things about my job and what most chefs would probably agree on is that we get to try an amazing array of foods and products as part of our work. I’ve been fortunate enough to come across products simply by visiting restaurants and grocery stores or by connecting with purveyors of quality products who are eager to introduce something to you through this site.  Here’s a list of four products I think you’ll enjoy trying because I’ve found them to be beneficial to use.  There’s also a giveaway at the end!

Coco5 All Natural Coconut Water DrinkCoco5 is an all natural coconut water product I tried last year towards the end of Ramadan. It was great to use during non-fasting hours to stay hydrated naturally- and with so many wonderful flavors, each one tasted great. They’re halal-certified and made with all natural flavors, colors, and sugars. Very important to me, as I’m NOT interested in hydrating drinks with ingredients that are questionable to our health. What’s even better is that the company shared a halal certification with me that you can see here. So, stock up to have during this year’s Ramadan and for your Monday and Thursday fasts if you do those, too. To find Coco5 products, check out their site.  

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Culinary & Cosmetic Uses of Argan Oil | My Halal Kitchen

Culinary and Cosmetic Uses of Argan Oil

Have you ever tried argan oil?  It is some really amazing stuff that is great for cooking as well as making yourself beautiful on a budget…not that you need any more beautifying, of course.  In the past year I’ve been using it in my cooking and even more so on my sensitive skin (the cosmetic grade) in a massive effort to ward off wrinkles and dry skin and everything else that will help me look younger than I am. Am I the only woman who does that?  Actually, I’m also just really averse to using expensive cosmetics with fragrance or chemicals that I don’t feel comfortable putting on my face.  

Enough from me- read on as Dana of Arganic and Joél of Saadia Organics– two women intricately involved in the production of one of nature’s finest oils ever discovered. I’ll let them tell you more about this amazing oil squeezed out of a fruit in Morocco…

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Moroccan food, cuisine, amlou, North African, Paula Wolfert

The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert: Cookbook Review and Recipe

I’ve been following Paula Wolfert, food writer and expert of Moroccan cuisine for many years. She has written numerous books on clay pot cooking and Moroccan cuisine, both of which have intrigued me immensly since my first trip there in 1995. Her latest book, The Food of Morocco, is a real treasure of collected recipes, photos capturing the Moroccan landscape, and antectodes of the people she has met over the years of her travels back and forth to the country to study the cuisine and cooking methods.

Cover of The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert- her latest book, a masterpiece of Moroccan cuisine

Paula was generous enough to share her recipe for

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