Invitation to Moroccan Dinner by Mohammed and Myriam
Mohammed, Myriam and their young boy are from Morocco and have been living in Athens since November 2015. After they arrived to Idomeni, in the Greek-Macedonian border, they learned that the border has been closed for Moroccans and decided to apply for asylum in Greece. As all asylum seekers in Greece they do not receive any kind of support by the Greek state. However, due to their friendly character and political activism in the local anarchist scene in Exarcheia, they have made many new friends that are supporting them with their daily needs.
Till today they have not yet received an answer to their asylum application.
When I invited myself to dinner I could never imagine what I found in front me! A feast for the eye and the stomach!
These are dishes that have been handed down to Myriam by her mother and grandmother.
Let’s learn how to make some of them.
Chicken Moroccan style
- One chicken
- One lemon
- 1 tsp. of turmeric
- 1 tsp. of cumin
- 5 strands of parsley
- 5 Tbsp. of mustard
- 5 cloves of garlic
Smash the cloves of garlic and mix the ingredients. Keep the skin of the lemon and apply your mix around the chicken and inside it. Let it stay in the fridge overnight.
Cook in the oven 120-150 minutes in 150 degrees.
Attention: As Mohammed advices, if you have invited a friend with low blood pressure reduce the quantity of garlic.
Accompany with rice
- 3 Potatoes
- 4-5 Carrots
- 1 and half big glass of parboiled Rice
- 7 Olives
- 1 can of tuna
- 3 Tbsp. of Mayonnaise
Put potatoes and carrots to boil. Peel the skin of the potatoes and cut them in small cubes same as the carrots and the tomatoes. Boil the rice with salt. Cut the olives in slices. And mix all together.
Stuffed Peppers Moroccan style
- 4 Tomatoes
- 3 Peppers
- Tomato sauce
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- Olive oil
- 1/2 Can of Tuna or a little bit of minced meat.
- 2-3 Cloves of Garlic
For the sauce:
Cut the tomatoes in small cubes and put them in a pot with tomato sauce, the smashed cloves of garlic, olive oil, turmeric, salt and pepper.
For the peppers:
Cut the top of the peppers by creating a lid. Fill them with rice, potatoes and carrots that you have already boiled (see rice recipe shown above) and mix with the tuna. If you use minced meat instead of tuna fry from before with salt and pepper.
Boil the peppers in the sauce for 30 minutes until the skin of the peppers becomes soft by taking care that they don’t stick on the bottom of the pot.
Sprinkle with thyme and enjoy!