Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sites, Smells and Sounds

On Thursday we drove to the top of the mountain where the old medina (city) was before the earthquake of 1960 completely destroyed it, and I took this picture of the moon as the sun set from the ruins of the Kasbah (fort) over looking the present city of Agadir. The souk, or market is where you get the best prices on fruits and vegetables. I have learned that fresh fruits and vegetables are in season right now and therefore pretty cheap and delicious.
It is probably where you get the best price on fresh cut meat too, but I will probably never know. The stench is so strong that we tend to stay away from this part of the souk. We buy our meat at the Marjane which is like a small super Walmart. All meat here is very expensive as I think it is all imported from Argentina or someplace. Hamburger is $4.00+ a lb. Steaks start at $7 or $8, Bacon is $7+ per lb. if you can find it. Chicken isn't too bad and goat and lamb are readily available at a cheaper price than beef. I just don't know how to cook it.
This is a regular site for us on our way to work. The camel herds grazing by the highway. "What are they grazing on", you might ask? Well, this is a field of grain that was harvested a day earlier and they are grazing on the stubble. I know what you are thinking, and you are right... they do not have grain fields anything like the USA. The grain is very sparse, barely a foot tall and it is all harvested by hand. I will post more grain pictures tomorrow. Whenever we are around camels it seems that I always hear them before I see them, and they are really huge animals!

8 comments:

David & Jessica said...

That's so interesting. I'm learning so much from your trip! Hope you're having tons of fun!

Cathy Shields said...

Morroco is sounding like a nice place to visit but....
I love learning all about this place. But I think I'll stay here.

Leisha said...

Rock the Kasbah! That market sounds incredible...the meat would really freak me out, but it's so intriguing to learn how other countries get their food. Have you learned any new recipes? What is traditionally Morrocan (sp?) like?

Leisha said...

Rock the Kasbah! That market sounds incredible...the meat would really freak me out, but it's so intriguing to learn how other countries get their food. Have you learned any new recipes? What is traditionally Morrocan (sp?) food like?

Darryl and Cindy said...

Traditional Moroccan cooking is done in a tagine. They cook with a lot of vegetables, olives (green, black and red) and lemons, limes, paprika and other spices are used liberally in their cooking. Look here for some traditional recipes. BTW, a tagine is like a ceramic, slowcooker. It simmers your foods and flavors together for a couple of hours. And you eat with your right hand right out of the tagine, which is set in the middle of the table. We shared one today at a little village when we had lunch.
Here is a link: http://www.tagines.com/chicken_with_lemon__olives.cfm

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Leisha said...

Well, everything sounds good except the olives (I like olive oil, but don't like olives....olives and mushrooms make me think of boiled toes???)

When you say 'share' do you mean with other restaurant patrons, or just amongst your family? I might freak out sharing it with other people in the restaurant if hands are the utensils involved, LOL!! =)

Darryl and Cindy said...

Just family, or whoever you are out to dinner with. Your date, friends, etc.