Play It Again, Sam

Casablanca

For all you hard core Casablanca fans out there, you’ll recognize that the proper quote is not “Play it again, Sam”, but in fact, “Play it, Sam…Play “As Time Goes By.” but like the rest of Hollywood history, things get misconstrued over time. What isn’t lost however is Morocco, and all it’s wonderful tastes, flavours and spices. For us North Americans, the sight and sounds of North Africa are a treat to behold. the market places teeming with spices in every colour of the rainbow, the strange and unusual crockery, like a tagine. For a foodie, it’s pure joy! So this week, if you haven’t figured it out by now, is going to be Moroccan Week! Each day we’ll delve into a different course, from hors d’oeuvres to dessert. Today’s recipes come from Mrs. Outmezgine, an old Sephardi neighbour who would make these individual cigars and  pastilles for family functions. She would usually serve them along with some homemade matbucha or even just a drizzle of techina. Either way, I’m sure Bogie would agree and say “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”

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