Morocco is a gorgeous country on the crossroads between Africa, Europe, and the Arabian Peninsula; with exoticism and enchantment to spare. It is known and beloved for the refinement of its architecture, the hustle and bustle of its souks and bazaars, its delicious Mediterranean cuisine, and the friendliness and generosity of its people.
If you’re in the mood for warmth, spices and color but can’t get away right now, why not host a Moroccan-themed party instead? We promise you, the melodious and trance-inducing vibes of the Gnawa, the divine flavors of a cuisine that is as earthy as it is delicate, and the colorful home decor will make you feel almost as if you were there!
What to Wear
You can peruse Pinterest, Etsy, or Polyvore for ideas about Moroccan-inspired fashions, as these obviously change by season. One option is to go for a kaftan-inspired dress, babouche slippers, and dangling jewelry. We also like the idea of the black dress with tribal prints above, worn with flats or cute sandals and dangling earrings.
Moroccan-style lanterns in jewel colored tones are an excellent way to add color to your house without spending a fortune. For a more authentic touch, use plain or colorful Moroccan poufs with lambskin, small tables and incense (we love Esteban Teck and Tonka or Legendes d’Orient, available on Amazon). You can also look for a Moroccan (or Indian!) teapot to present with a colorful tea set.
Food and Drink
During Ramadhan, it is traditional to start courses with a harira soup, a much beloved mainstay of Moroccan cuisine, served with meat or not. Followed by a tagine (stew) of vegetables, fish, chicken or lamb or a bastilla (Moroccan-style pie that can be cooked in advance and frozen). For dessert, why not try stuffed dates, an orange and date salad, or ghoriba cakes?
Here are some recipes below:
- Traditional Harira Soup
- Vegan Harira Soup
- Fish Tagine with Potatoes, Tomatoes and Peppers
- Chicken Tagine with Olives and Lemons
- Tagine of Lamb with Apricots
- Chicken Bastilla
- Beef Kefta on Skewers with Chopped Vegetable Salad
- Stuffed Dates
- Ghoriba Cakes
- Orange and Date Salad
- Moroccan Mint Tea
Some of our personal favorites include:
Other compilations to try:
Putumayo North African Groove
Putumayo Cairo to Casablanca
Putumayo Arabic Beat
Putumayo Arabic Groove
Putumayo Acoustic Arabia
Gnawa Music of Marrakesh: Night Spirit Masters
Gnawa Music of Essaouira
Or you can search for Moroccan and North African inspired playlists on Spotify.
Elixuer Staff Writer