Archive for August, 2012

Frequently asked questions about Marrakech

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Set against its backdrop of the Atlas mountains, Marrakech is a North African destination like few others, its souks, squares, historic buildings and displays of Islamic art accounting for much of its fascination and charm, as does the medina’s maze of narrow passageways concealing ‘hole-in-the-wall’ businesses of all kinds, artisanal workshops and, secreted away behind anonymous facades, some beautifully atmospheric riads.

To get the most out of a visit to Morocco’s tourism capital one should be aware of certain customs and basic facts of local life so, listed below, are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Marrakech.

What is the currency in Marrakech? The currency in Morocco is the Dirham. £1 sterling is approximately 13 Moroccan Dirhams (MAD) and €1 euro is approximately 11 Moroccan Dirhams. As tipping is widely practised it is as well to have a supply of change. (more…)

A simple Pastilla recipe – Traditional Moroccan Pastilla Made Easy

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

You may have heard of it but what is it? As our article ‘What is Pastilla?’ explains, a Pastilla is a sweet and savoury Moroccan pie, most commonly filled with pigeon meat, dusted with icing sugar.

If you can’t get hold off pigeon you can substitute with chicken. There are also dessert versions. Here’s a simple Pastilla recipe for the most popular version of this traditional Moroccan dish, for the perfect pastilla. Ingredients

•             2 tbsp vegetable oil

•             6 onions, chopped (more…)