Bring Morocco To Your Kitchen – The Homemade Way

Whilst travelling around parts of Morocco, I totally fell in love with the cuisine. It’s not hard to do. Vendors, nestled amongst Artisans, sell the most aromatic and visually tantalising displays of herbs and spices, every spirally turn you take through the labyrinths of the Souks.

We tasted many a memorable dish, the best of them being cooked and served straight out of a families home in Marrakesh. We dined in their living room on the tastiest of mez dishes and the triumph of the night was their roasted chicken, served piled high with Cous Cous. Unforgettable.

This is a nod to my time travelling and I can guarantee it’ll leave your kitchen smelling divine. Your taste buds will be begging for more! The heady smells of the herbs and spices take me directly back to my wonderful days wandering the world. I hope it takes you there too !

The most amazing thing is, it is so easy to cook! Let’s go!

Ingredients:

Medium to Large Chicken

1tsp Paprika

1tsp Ground Cumin

1tsp Ground Coriander

1/2tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 Onion, quartered

4 – 6 Cloves of Garlic (or more – Garlic usage should come from the heart)

1tbsp Butter or low fat butter spray

2 cups of water

Seasoning

Spoonful of cooked chickpeas to decorate

Fresh coriander (optional)

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180•C.

Put the herbs and spices together in a bowl, stir.

Put the chicken onto a baking dish and rub it with butter, or spray with a low fat option. Next up, work the herb and spice mixture into the chicken well.

Generously twist some pepper on top and sprinkle with salt.

Around the chicken add your crushed up garlic and onions. Add the water.

Pop into the oven for an hour, basting generously. After an hour, cover the chicken loosely in foil, turn your oven down to 160•C and cook for a further hour.

Remove from the oven and allow to rest for at least 15 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate and drizzle with the juices. Add cooked chickpeas and fresh chopped Coriander.

Plate up and enjoy with some Raisin and Paprika Cous Cous, topped with coriander.

In addition, how about adding some braised Courgettes and Carrots to the dish?

This went down Mighty well at home. Seconds all round!! Bonus.

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Let’s Get Spiralling- The Courgette Way

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Here at Mums In Real Life, we love a gimmick and nothing quite beats a good ‘ spiralling’ session!! Not only is it fun (the kids LOVE watching!), but it gets the kids eating their superfoods too and…they just look so so pretty!!

We have the Hemsley & Hemsley model, although there are plenty of others about!!

Check out their page, they have a super range:

http://www.hemsleyandhemsley.com/shop-home-page/

So how did we cook the Courgettes? We simply added a small amount of salt to a pan of boiling water, added the courgettes and reduced to a simmer for 4 minutes. We then drained and served as a side.

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Homemade Potato Salad – A Must Make

Whilst our gardens here in parts of the SE of England are enjoying copious amounts of rain, here at Mums In Real Life, we’re thinking about the summer.

This led to thinking about food (naturally!), a topic never far from our minds.

My Dad always makes this potato salad and it is quite simply, delicious! I have never been able to face buying shop bought potato salad since eating it!

The good news is, it is also super easy to make and we’re sharing it with you!

Ingredients (for 4 people):

3 eggs

5 small potatoes (peeled and cubed)

2tbsp Mayonnaise

3 Fresh Chives

Pepper to season

Method:

Peel and cube the potatoes, place into water and bring up to boil. Once at boiling point, simmer for 10-12 minutes until al dente. Remove from heat and drain. Allow to cool down.

Meanwhile, boil the eggs for 5-6 minutes.

Cool the eggs in cold water, once cooled, peel.

Roughly chop up the eggs and place on top of the potatoes.

Add 2 generous tbsps of Mayonnaise, mix gently. Next up, use scissors to snip the Chives on top.

This is a wonderful accompaniment to any bbq or Salad. Give it a go!

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Did You Know…?

That after hard boiling eggs, if you (carefully!) stab through the egg with the sharp point of a knife, place in cold water for 10 seconds…you can perfectly peel them?

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The water penetrates the membrane beneath the egg shell, and you can peel the eggs perfectly!! No egg hacked away, or anything 👍🏻

Here at Mums In Real Life we’re always looking out for hacks that will make everyone’s life easier. Do you have any tips to share? Please comment or email us at:

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The Results Are In…Saturday Night Curry

Carly settled on Saturday night takeaway theme for our MIRL dinner, perfect for a night in with friends. In true Carly style, she made it ALL herself. If you’ve never tried making your own Indian dishes then you really should – they are amazing! Fragrant, warm, spicy and unbelievably fresh. No trace of any nasties.

I think it’s fair to say that Carly knows how to throw a brilliant dinner. Cue 8 adults, 10 children and two kittens – it all made for a lovely (noisy) night in with friends.

For the children, she made her classic Pepperoni Pizza which always goes down a storm with the children. For adults she made a warm and spicy Lamb Balti, tasty Chicken Tandoori and a gorgeous Vegetable Curry with aubergine and lentils. I ate a lot of the Vegetable Curry, it was perfection (thanks to our friends at Lennards of Covent Garden for the amazing veg box).

And, as with all good dinner parties – the guests all contributed too. Naan, Poppadum (freshly made at dinner by the newly crowned ‘Poppadum King’), Mango Chutney, Cucumber Raita and Kachumber Salad. Delish!

Spiced Vegetable Curry with lentils and aubergine Poppadum courtesy of the newly acclaimed ‘Poppadum Man’

Watch this space for the recipe cards, they’ll be here really soon!

Tahlia x

Delicious Duck Breast & Fondant Potatoes with an Orange Sauce

This is a very tasty dish, which requires a little bit of effort but the results are worth it. Such a good dish for a winters evening, when you need a bit of warming up.

Recipe will be available soon…