Hi there, I’m glad you found my blog! My name is Monique, but in Morocco, where I live with my family, people call me Habiba. My home country is Germany. Cooking is my passion, my first experiences in the kitchen I gained at the age of about 9 years when I tried to refine instant soups with dried herbs. At that time I was, by the way, more than convinced of the success of my efforts. My cooking skills started to improve when I decided to eat exclusively vegetarian food at the age of 12. When I wanted a separate vegetarian dish, I often prepared it myself with big pleasure. I tried it again with meat later only to realize that it just doesn’t make me happy. Until today I love it to try new recipes. I live on an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet. Besides vegetarian dishes, you find also vegan recipes on my blog. In a country of meat-lovers like Morocco, I find it sometimes very challenging to be a vegetarian. Ingredients that have been normal to me so far are scarcely available or much more expensive, restaurants have only a few vegetarian options, mostly side dishes, and super friendly and extremely kind-hearted hosts try to make me happy with most generous amounts of meat.
But Moroccan food is not all about meat. The markets are a dream for veggie-foodies as they are bursting of fresh and affordable products.
So, a few months ago, I decided to start this blog. It shall be the place to inspire you to appreciate these treasures and make use of them.
Principles in Cooking
Morocco is blessed with affordable vegetables of good quality. Since I live here, my way of cooking has changed completely. I avoid industrial products as much as possible and cook as fresh as possible. I try to make a lot of things myself that I used to just buy. Moroccan cuisine is great but I don’t want to limit myself to it. I find it even more exciting to develop new recipes based on locally available, simple ingredients inspired by food from all over the world. For me, vegetarian cooking in Morocco is so much more than vegetable tagine and vegetarian couscous (though these dishes are great).
With my cooking equipment, I count on quality instead of mass. Less is more! I try to get by with comparatively little equipment and when buying new utensils, I try to choose durable, high-quality products. This means also that I often have to improvise when cooking. I like it because it helps me to develop an awareness of what things are really important.
In my free time, I prefer, of course, to be with my family. We love it to discover the wonderful Moroccan nature with its diverse landscapes. Whether sea, rivers, mountains or the desert. This land has it all and the mild climate allows outdoor activities all year round. If I have time for myself, I also like to read books or get inspiration for new recipes.