Winter is getting rough here in Morocco, yesterday people in Rabat were completly shocked to see graupel. Well, it wasn’t the first time… But we do have to admit that it has never been this intense before!
You know, there is nothing more beautiful than a pure surface covered with snow. Euphoric white all over the ground, clothing trees and almost flowing like poetry! But, is it normal to witness such a cold winter with snow fall? I’ve read an article about global warming, and how much it could lead to colder weather in some parts of the world! And sometimes, I wonder if it’s already too late to act against it?
As the mecury level is going down, it is the best excuse for a hot chocolate perfectly paired with warm clothes, a blanket and a movie to watch. I have not decided which movie I should watch first, maybe La La Land, Allied or perhabs I’ll get to see the performance of my favorite irish actor Michael Fassbender in the light between oceans!
Anyway, I surely made my mind about the drink. I’ll be making a BIG mug of hot chocolate with coffee and ice cream!! I’m so exited for this one, since I’ve never made it before… This combination might sound normal for some but here in Morocco we’re not used to these kind of hot drinks, our official hot drink is mint tea! And yes it deserves its official status hahaha
So, chase away the chill and warm up your cold hands by sipping a mug of hot chocolate made with love. Trust me foodies, this recipe won’t disappoint because chocolate is always worth trying + there is Nutella in there so it can’t go wrong.
Who needs Starbucks when you can make your own customized hot chocolate? Spice it up by adding the unique flavour of cinnamon and the edginess of coffee. Check out the recipe down below!
Ingredients: (for 1 cup)
- 1/3 cup Coffee
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
- 1 scoop of coffee ice cream
- 2 tsp Nutella or dark chocolate ( or both)
- 1 tsp Chocolate powder
- Heat up milk and coffee.
- Add chocolate powder, Nutella… Whisk occasionally until it disolves.
- Pour it into a cup and top it with ice cream and sprinkle some cinnamon.
Students have a tendency to avoid buying watermelon because of its size! Watermelons tend to be big, and a single living student wouldn’t risk eating an abundance of that fruit daily…
Did you know that watermelon is the cousin to cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash? It’s part a vegetable and a fruit! they also protect cells from damage and may help lower the risk of heart disease!So how could you preserve your watermelon to profit from its benefits? You just freeze it! Slice the watermelon in half crosswise, and cut off the rind then cut it up in cubes! Put them in separate bags that you’ll be able to use whenever you want!
That way, you could easily prepare a watermelon smoothie in 3 easy steps!
- 1 bowl frozen cubed watermelon
- 1 cup of water
- 6 Mint leaves
- 1 tbs Honey
- ½ Lemon
- Blend the watermelon and the water until smooth.
- Add the honey and mint leaves and blend again.
- Serve while it’s cold!
Watermelons are better when they are turned into a smoothie! You better check out my recipe to make a wonderful and colorful smoothie…
Ingredients: ( for one big cup)
1 cup strawberry
1 1/2 cup watermelon
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
All you need to do is to use a blender to mix all the ingredients !
And there you go… your smoothie is ready !
This combination is heaven! so easy, so fresh and so simple… litteraly the best way to beat the heat! Check it out guys 😀
Ready in less than 10 minutes
- 2 lemons or limes
- Some ice
- Some mint leaves
- Sparkling water
- 1 tbs sugar
First, add sugar, mint leaves, and one quartered lemon in a big glass.
Muddle it using a muddling tool, be gentle so that the glass won’t break!
Juice the second lemon, then pout it into the glass. Let it sit for 2 minutes.
Now add enough sparkling water to fill the glass top with ice and stir a little bit .
Based on the request of a japanese instagram friend, this week will be all about Moroccan mint tea ! Tea is our moroccan sign of hospitality, if someone made you tea when you came by his house . You should feel lucky and loved!
This is more than a simple drink here in morocco, it’s a cultural tradition; it’s a part of our history and existance as moroccans.
The best part of it is that we can drink tea all day long; for breakfast with some melwi (moroccan pancakes) or a butter bread sandwish; for lunch with rosted lamp ” mechwi” and after lunch as a dessert drink!
It’s also perfect for the afternoon snack, I remember that my mom was making it everytime I come home from school… It’s kind of the ultimate drink!
If you were a tourist or a moroccan living far away from home craving for some moroccan taste or just a foodie who loves to discover new cultures; check these tips for making the perfect moroccan mint tea AKA “ATAY”!
To make a moroccan tea, you’ll need :
- 2 tablespoons gunpowder green tea;
- 2 tablespoons sugar or more if you like it to be sweet,
- Some fresh mint leaves ( 10 at least)
- Teapot ( it’s alright if you don’t have the ”berrad”, you can use another teapot).
First, boil some water then add the gunpowder to the teapot then one cup of boiling water: swich around and pour the water into a cup to save it… This cup of tea contains all the gunpowder flavor. Now; Pour another cup of water into the tea pot to wach way any strong flavor; then discard it
Now, it’s time to add the fresh mint and sugar. Pour the first cup into the tea pot again and fill it with boiling water.
Put it on medium-low heat and bring it to boil to give the moroccan tea its special flavor.
When it’s ready, pour one cup of tea then pour it back… repeat a couple of times! This step will mix all the ingredients.
You may also, garnish it with some additional mint leaves…