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    Sat Jul 02, 2005 4:20 am Groupie
    Aussies and Kiwis (New Zealanders) and a few of our international friends will be gathering here during the week 3-10 July (approx 2-9 July American time) as part of our 'virtual' World Cooking Tour.

    This will be our fifth week on tour. We spent our first week in Britain, our second week 'touring' Scandinavia, Belgium and the Netherlands our third week in France and Eastern Europe and last week in Austria, Germany and Italy. During our trip, our tour group has cooked and reviewed many regional recipes and posted some of our own. During the next week, we hope to do the same in Greece and North Africa.

    Please join us here during the next week. We'd love you to tell us what North African recipes we just shouldn't miss and to learn more about North Africa, North African cooking and your connection with them.

    Kooka icon_biggrin.gif
    Sat Jul 02, 2005 4:35 am Groupie
    Ladies, welcome to Marrakech, Morocco.


    While in Morocco we'll make our base in Marrakech at the Hotel La Mamounia - famed as one of the most beautiful hotels in the world.

    Opened in 1923 and located in the very heart of Marrakech, La Mamounia is set amid idyllic gardens that are almost three hundred years old and surrounded by the city's 12th century ochre-colored ramparts.

    The hotel offers 5 restaurants offering food from six continents.

    Click here for guided tours of the hotel.

    Our host in North Africa is our own Sackville Girl.
    Sat Jul 02, 2005 4:38 am Groupie
    To those who are not part of our tour, but are interested in North African cooking, or have posted North African recipes on Zaar, we look forward to spending some time sampling the food from this fascinating and ancient country.

    During our week here we'd love to meet those of you who live in Africa or have a connection with or interest in North African cuisine. Perhaps you can suggest some recipes we just have to try while we're here. We'd also love you to suggest what 'sights' we can't miss and what restaurants we should 'dine' in while we're here.

    I'd like to introduce you to our tour group. Most of us are from Australia and New Zealand, but we seem to be acquiring a bit of a 'camp following' of chefs from other countries as we continue on our travels! icon_lol.gif :


    Tour leader, Kooka (the round one in the photo), is from the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Queensland. She’s 46 and single and has lived and worked in England and has toured most of Western Europe. Previously a marketing executive and academic, Kooka now lives quietly with Mother Kooka at their home, Avalon.

    Jewelies is from the Gold Coast, Queensland. She is married with two gorgeous young daughters and runs her own business.

    Aussie mum 2_2
    Aussie mum is from Brisbane, Queensland. She is very well travelled having lived in England, Costa Rica, the USA and Spain. Aussie’s husband is from Argentina. She has two young children.

    Susan Wareham

    Susan is from the Gold Coast, Queensland. She’s into ‘retro’ recipes and, obviously, likes a laugh!

    Jen T
    Jen is from a small town on the North Island of New Zealand. She is happily married, retired, and mum to 3 adult daughters and has both a grandaughter and a grandson.


    Jan is from Warrnambool, Victoria and works in a pub. Jan loves to travel and has been overseas several times. She is married with 5 adult sons!

    kiwidutch… andria
    Andria lives in The Hague, Netherlands, but is originally from New Zealand. She is married with two young children and works in the field of Patent Administration. Andria is interested in miniature embroidery - especially making Christening dresses for premature and terminally ill babies.

    Vege lives with her boyfriend on a dairy farm in the Hunter Valley in NSW. Vege grows her own vegetables and has her own chooks and, as her name implies, is a vegetarian. Vege is a wildlife carer, but will soon be caring for her own baby - she is due to deliver in July!

    Honni is married, retired and lives in Melbourne, Victoria. She has an adult son and daughter and two dogs. Honni likes pub-style food and enjoys sewing and collecting china and delftware.

    Nicole is an Insurance Claims Supervisor from the South Island of New Zealand. She lives with her partner and their two children. Nicole loves to read and travel.

    Daydream is from Australia, loves to travel, and seems to have accumulated a multi-cultural family with members from India, Switzerland, Sweden and New Zealand - and a German dog! Daydream loves spicy food.

    Kd is from Melbourne, Victoria. She is happily married with 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren. Kd is a full-time carer for her elderly father. Her passion is cooking.

    LittleKiwiChook (Kez)
    Kez is a New Zealander living in the UK. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe and has recorded some of her favourite UK/European recipes here.


    Evie (the blonde one) is from Christchurch, New Zealand but was born in Scotland. Evie is interested in car racing and loves being by the sea.

    Spinner is from Geelong, Victoria. She loves her two dogs and her crockpot! Spinner also loves to travel.

    Stardustannie (Shaz)
    Shaz is from South Australia. She is married with two growing girls (9 and 14). Shaz’s main aim is to ‘get in shape’ - not something that is likely to happen during this tour!

    Latchy lives in Queensland. She is a volunteer cook and cooking teacher for community groups in her area.


    Chrissy is from Queensland, but has also lived in the Northern Territory. Chrissy is of Aboriginal descent and inherited her love of good food from her mother who worked as a station (ranch) cook. Chrissy’s favourite restaurant serves French provincial food.

    Pink Princess
    Princess hails from Sydney, NSW and supports the Canberra Raiders. Princess work long hours, but, since stumbling across Zaar has discovered the wonderful world of Once-a-Month-Cooking. Her favourite restaurant is a Malaysian restaurant in Melbourne.

    bluemoon downunder
    bluemoon lives in Melbourne, Victoria although she is originally from Adelaide, South Australia. She has also lived in both Oxford and London, England. She insists that her Zaar name be spelt with all letters in the lower case! She admits that this makes sentences look somewhat strange. Perhaps, by the end of this tour, she will also have given up using punctuation?

    Cookgirl is from Oregon, USA. Cookgirl loves international cuisine. Her interests include craft, her dollhouse, photography, books and exploring second hand stores. Many of Cookgirl’s favourite recipes are Mexican, so she may be able to help us out when we get to Mexico on our tour.

    Kate in Katoomba
    Kate lives in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, NSW. Formally involved in the theatre in the UK, Kate now writes for a children's magazine. Kate has two children and is interested in international cuisine.

    Sackville Girl

    Joining us from London is Sackville Girl - our host for the British leg of our tour. Sackville Girl is a devotee of foods produced in a sustainable and ethical way. Her interests include international cuisine and photography.


    Also from England (although originally from East Coast Canada), Marie Alice is another Briton who just couldn't bear to see the back of us and decided to run away and join our circus! icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif She has been appointed the official 'carer' for our pilot/limousine driver John Travolta. A job which she undertakes with embarrassing gusto. icon_rolleyes.gif Marie Alice lives in a tudor cottage on a beautiful Manor Estate, working as a Chef in the Manor House. She is also a qualified Medical Secretary. MarieAlice has five children, aged 15 to 29. MarieAlice enjoys collecting cookbooks, and various crafts ... and travel.


    Angie is another 'stowaway'. Angie is from LaSalle County in Illinois and, together with Lennie, is the host of the Scandinavian Cooking Forum on Zaar. Recently married (in 2004), Angie designs advertisements for a local newspaper. Angie enjoys many interests and hobbies, including rubber stamping and henna body art. She has five cats! Angie shows impeccable taste by refusing to eat turnips.
    Sat Jul 02, 2005 11:46 am Groupie
    Hello everyone and welcome to Marrakech!

    I know you love to shop, so maybe you can start your day looking for spices in the souk icon_biggrin.gif

    There you may find wonderful things to take back to your kitchens, like:

    icon_arrow.gif ras el hanout
    icon_arrow.gif the spicy paste harissa
    icon_arrow.gifpreserved lemons.
    icon_arrow.gifmarinated olives

    At night, you can go to the central square in Marrakech and have a wonderful meal!

    It is all open air and even the most extravagant of meals won't cost you more than $5.

    You might want to try:

    icon_arrow.gif one of the many tagines
    icon_arrow.gif couscous
    icon_arrow.gif A dish of chicken, wrapped in filo pastry Bastilla or Pastilla
    icon_arrow.gif Some Moroccan Bread to mop any delicious juices from your tagines and couscous
    icon_arrow.gif Mint Tea to finish

    Sat Jul 02, 2005 12:47 pm
    Forum Host
    icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif How absolutely wonderful to meet the virtual travelling group!! You sounds such real, warm people!! You all loook so nice: pity there wasn't a pic of each one!

    Although I am some thousands of miles down south in South Africa, I heartily welcome you to the mysterious and wonderful continent of Africa! Have a great time up north!
    Sat Jul 02, 2005 6:59 pm Groupie
    Sun Jul 03, 2005 8:57 pm Groupie
    Unfortunately, as I am going to be away, I won't be able to participate in our World Tour until we touch down in Mexico icon_sad.gif

    In the meantime I was surprised to discover I have several Moroccan recipes which may be of interest to my travel buddies. Links provided below:

    Moroccan-Style Braised Baby Lamb Shanks
    Moroccan Carrot Dip
    Moroccan-style Chicken With Almonds
    Moroccan Pork Casserole
    Moroccan Spiced Pie

    Happy eating and travelling,
    Catch ya later
    Daydream icon_wink.gif
    Sun Jul 03, 2005 10:18 pm Groupie
    I also have a few African Recipes. Fast becomming one of my most favourite crusines. Here is a link to them African Recipes by Jewelies

    I really do recommend Warm Eggplant Salad
    Mon Jul 04, 2005 7:09 pm Groupie
    Mother Kooka and I really enjoyed Grilled Moroccan Chicken by Mirj, served on Couscous Salad by Peebs - both a hearty 5 stars!
    Tue Jul 05, 2005 3:28 am Groupie
    I made the Moroccan marinade for this...

    Excite me Tonight! Chicken! by ncmysteryshopper gets 4 stars ! reviewed by kiwidutch icon_smile.gif
    Tue Jul 05, 2005 7:18 pm Groupie
    kiwidutch... andria icon_smile.gif wrote:
    I made the Moroccan marinade for this...

    Excite me Tonight! Chicken! by ncmysteryshopper gets 4 stars ! reviewed by kiwidutch icon_smile.gif

    Andria, that recipe looks like a real find! All kinds of different exotic marinades for chicken in the one recipe! I've saved it to my cookbook.
    Jen T
    Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:05 pm Groupie
    Me too icon_biggrin.gif
    Wed Jul 06, 2005 10:14 pm Groupie
    North African Lentil Soup by SueL
    Sweet Potato Pancakes by Mirj

    - both delicious and deserving of 5-stars !
    Sun Jul 10, 2005 4:09 am Groupie
    Ladies, I hope you've enjoyed your visit to exotic North Africa. We move on to Israel tomorrow, but you can still post reviews in this thread until Wednesday afternoon.

    Kooka icon_biggrin.gif

    North African Recipes Cooked, Reviewed or Posted

    North African Lentil Soup by SueL - 5 stars from VegeMight

    Main Course
    Grilled Moroccan Chicken by Mirj - 5 stars from Kookaburra
    Excite me Tonight! Chicken! (Moroccan option) by ncmysteryshopper - 4 stars from kiwidutch … andria
    Sweet Potato Pancakes by Mirj - 5 stars from VegeMight

    Vegetables and Sides
    Couscous Salad by Peebs
    Sun Jul 10, 2005 7:39 am
    Forum Host
    icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif Ohhh, keep this up! It's fascinating! I'm not backtracking to click on some of those recipes!

    icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
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