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Moroccan Madness!

  • 28th January 2014

The allure of Morocco has never seemed stronger.  It’s a magnet for European vacationers and corporate retreat planners.  It anchors travel spreads and cooking shows and inspires both fashion and interior designers.

 

 

Seven Vegetable Couscous from the 'Around the World' Cookbook

Seven Vegetable Couscous from the ‘Around the World’ Cookbook

 

 

Today we showcase one of our favorite recipes from the region which is literally impossible to ruin and celebrate Marrakech-inspired looks for your littlest ones.

 

 

Tea Collection visits Morocco and returns with treasures

Tea Collection visits Morocco and returns with treasures

 

 

Seven is a magical number in Morocco and there are many recipes for this glorious celebration couscous.  The vegetables here are carrots, parsnips, turnips, onions, zucchini, tomatoes and green beans.  You can substitute different vegetables if you desire,”  The Around the World Cookbook.

 

Seven Vegetable Couscous  (Adapted from the Around the World Cookbook):

 

Ingredients

• 2 tablespoons sunflower or olive oil

• 1 pound lean lamb, cut into bite-sized pieces

• 2 chicken breasts halved

• 2 onions, chopped

• 6 carrots (12 ounces), cut into chunks

• 2 parsnips (8 ounces), cut into chunks

• 1 turnip

• 6 tomatoes

• 4 cups chicken stock

• Generous pinch of fresh ginger

• 1 cinnamon stick (we used two)

• 1 can chickpeas, drained

• 2 cups couscous

• 2 small zucchini, cut into julienne strips

• 4 ounces green beans, trimmed and halved

• 1/3 cup raisins

• A little Harissa or tabasco sauce  (We used a combination of: 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper, 1 tsp ground red pepper and 1 tsp Paprika)

We added 4 whole cloves

• We added 3 whole cardamom

• We added a dash of freshly ground nutmeg

• Salt and pepper to taste

 

 

Diced vegetables ready to sautée

Diced vegetables sautéing

 

 

Heat half of the oil in a large saucepan or flameproof casserole and fry the lamb, in batches if necessary, until evenly browned, stirring frequently.  Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon.  Add the chicken pieces and cook until evenly browned.  Transfer to a plate/dish with the lamb.

 

 

Browned chicken and lamb.

Browned chicken and lamb.

 

Heat the remaining oil and add the onions.  Fry over a low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the carrots, parsnips, and turnip.  Stir well, cover with a lid and “sweat” over low heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring once or twice.

 

Add the tomatoes, lamb, chicken and stock.  Season with salt and black pepper and add the ginger, cloves, cardamon, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Here we also added the paprika, cayenne pepper and ground red pepper in lieu of Harissa at the end.  Bring to a boil and simmer gently for 35-45 minutes, until the meat is nearly tender.

 

 

Cooking

Cooking

 

Skin the chickpeas by placing them in a bowl of cold water and rubbing them between your fingers.  The skins will rise to the surface.  Discard the skins and drain.  Prepare the couscous according to the instructions on the package.

 

Add the skinned chick-peas, zucchini, beans and raisins to the meat mixture, stir gently and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes, until the vegetables and meat are tender.  Pile the couscous on a large serving platter, making a slight well in the center.

 

Ready to enjoy!

Ready to enjoy!

 

 

Other ways to bring Moroccan flavor home, come via the new collection from Tea….

 

 

The new Mosaic Tile Graphic Dress and Peppercorn Loveable Necklace from Tea Collection

The new Mosaic Tile Graphic Dress and Peppercorn Loveable Necklace from Tea Collection

 

 

Mosaic Tile Graphic Dress, tea collection.com, $29.50

Peppercorn Loveable Necklace, teacollection.com, $12.00

 

Tea Collection Confetti Tile Tunic and  Peppercorn Bandana

Tea Collection Confetti Tile Tunic Top in Rosweater and Peppercorn Bandana

Tea Collection Moroccan Rose Twirl Top and Peppercorn Loveable Necklace

Tea Collection Moroccan Rose Twirl Top and Peppercorn Loveable Necklace

 

 

 

Confetti Tile Tunic Top, teacollection.com, $29.50

Peppercorn Bandana, teacollection.com, $14.00

Moroccan Rose Twirl Top, teacollection.com, $24.50

 

 

Tea Collection Mosaic Rose Flutter Wrap Dress

Tea Collection Mosaic Rose Flutter Wrap Dress

 

 

 

 

Mini Melissa’s Little Feet!

  • 2nd November 2013
Mini Melissa Polibano Sneaker featured in Cine Melissa

Photo Courtesy of: Ciné Melissa

 

Adorable creatures and sneakers that mimic bubble wrap abound in this line of excessively fun shoes for little ones!

 

 

Mini Melissa Cow Slip On Mary Jane

 

Mini Melissa Ultra Girl Little Cow Mary Jane Flats, saksfifthavenue.com, $50.00

 

 

 

One of the best features of the line is that is available with ease in numerous boutiques and online.  

 

 

Mini Melissa Campagna Zig Zag flats

Photo Courtesy of: Ciné Melissa

 

 

The Vivienne Westwood collaboration offers more to celebrate with signature witty British style.

 

 

Mini Melissa Vivienne Westwood Light Blue Sandals

 

Mini Melissa Vivienne Westwood Blue Sandals, usa.alexandalexa.com, $93.00

 

 

Mini Melissa Vivienne Westwood Anglo Mania

 

 

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Mini Melissa Aranha, melissa.com.br

 

 

Mini Melissa Furadinha Light Pink

Photo Courtesy of: Ciné Melissa

 

 

 

Mini Melissa Choco Bar Aranha

 

 

Mini Melissa Choco Bar Aranha, saksfifthavenue.com, $55.00

 

 

Mini Melissa Furadinha Light Pink

 

 

Mini Furadinha, piperlime.gap.com, $50.00

 

 

 

Mini Melissa Ultra Girl Bow

Photo Courtesy of: Ciné Melissa

 

 

Mini Melissa Ultra Girl Bow

 

Mini Melissa Ultra Girl Bow, melissa.com.br

 

Mini Melissa Campana Zig Zag girls flats

 

 

Mini Melissa Girl’s Campana Zig Zag Mary Jane Flats, saks.com, $45.00

 

 

Mini Melissa Polibano Sneaker

 

Mini Melissa Polibolha Sneaker, nordtsrom.com, $54.95

 

 

Mini Melissa Polibano Sneaker

Photo Courtesy of: Ciné Melissa

 

 

 

Mini Melissa Ultra Girl Slip On Cat Shoe

 

Mini Melissa Ultra Girl II Slip-On, nordstrom.com, $45.95

 

 

Mini Melissa Furadinha III

 

 

Mini Furadinha III, danielfootwear.com, £35.00

 

 

 

DVF Darlings

  • 25th April 2013

The second Diane von Furstenberg collection for GapKids debuted today to the most rave reviews.

 

iane von Furstenberg GapKids Skinny Jeans
Diane von Furstenberg GapKids sun hat
Diane von Furstenberg GapKids anorak

 

 

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Skinny Jeans, gap.com, $50.00

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Sunhat, gap.com, $20.00

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Kids Packable Anorak, gap.com, $65.00

 

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Romper

 

 

 

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Romper, gap.com, $50.00

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Wrap Dress, gap.com, $50.00

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Printed Drawstring Shorts, $35.00

 

We’ve shortlisted the collection…

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Sleeveless Tank Dress
Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Sleeveless Tank Dress

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Pleated Tank Dress, gap.com, $70.00

 

So that you can swoop-up choice pieces before they sell-out!

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Zebra shirt
Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Camel T-shirt

 

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Heart T-shirt

 

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Graphic T, gap.com, $35.00

 

The collection is available online at gap.com

 

 

 

Gapkids Diane von Furstenberg Asymmetrical Tank Dress
Gapkids Diane von Furstenberg Shirt Dress

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Asymmetrical Tank Dress, gap.com, $50.00

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids ShirtDress, gap.com, $50.00

 

AND at your nearest Gap retailer.

 

Gapkids Diane von Furstenberg Printed Leggings
Gapkids Diane von Furstenberg Turban Headband

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Printed Leggings, gap.com, $25.00

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Turban Headband, gap.com, $15.00

 

Sizes available include: baby, toddler girls & girls

 

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