After spending close to two weeks in Morocco, I can confirm that there is only so much tagine and couscous a girl a can eat. If I’m being really honest, we kind of hit our quota for the Moroccan stew by about day three so had to get a little creative with our dinner choices, but there was one dish we were happy to eat all day, every day… a piping hot bowl of harira.
Harira is a traditional Moroccan soup which is popular during the winter months and after sundown during Ramadan; packed with flavour and ridiculously hearty, I can completely understand why it’s so well loved. Coming back to the brisk, near freezing temperatures of London was certainly a jolt back to reality so I thought I’d whip up my own version of a harira to keep those holiday memories alive and our bellies warm just that little bit longer!
If you dare take a look at your social calendar this month, you’ll definitely know the season to eat, drink, and be merry is most definitely upon us! Office Christmas parties are well underway, as are the festive mulled wine nights, the silly Christmas jumper parties… and the occasional early Christmas dinner party! Oh bring on the inevitable overdrinking and overeating. Many occasions will just require you to turn up with a jolly attitude, some might suggest you bring booze but that’s hardly a chore. The real challenge is what to bring if you’re asked to contribute something less liquid.
Between the afterwork drinks, the physical assault of Christmas shopping, and the shoulder to shoulder weaving through Christmas markets, who’s got time to actually make something? You could turn up with a tub of ‘Celebrations’ or the less bah-humbug option of supermarket mince pies, or… you could be the guest with the best and whip up this scrumptious cheesecake!