Foodie Fridays: Ramadan Edition — Chebakia

Foodie Fridays: Ramadan Edition — Chebakia

“Foodie Fridays” are dedicated to my two great loves: food and Fridays. In these posts, I’ll introduce you to some of my favorite varieties of Moroccan and North African cuisine. This particular post is part of my Ramadan Edition, which covers dishes that are common during the month of Ramadan.


Chebakia is a Moroccan cookie that’s often served during Ramadan or other special occasions. It’s generally folded into a flower shape, fried, and coated with honey. Though chebakia is quite a time-consuming cookie, its sweet, crunchy texture makes the labor worth it; I personally think it pairs well with savory harira at the Iftar meal (the meal that signifies breaking fast). Read More

Foodie Fridays: Ramadan Edition — Harira

Foodie Fridays: Ramadan Edition — Harira

“Foodie Fridays” are dedicated to my two great loves: food and Fridays. In these posts, I’ll introduce you to some of my favorite varieties of Moroccan and North African cuisine. This particular post is part of my Ramadan Edition, which covers dishes that are common during the month of Ramadan.


Harira is a traditional Moroccan soup made with tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas, and often some sort of meat. It’s fragrantly seasoned with pepper, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cilantro, parsley, and may even include celery or onion, depending on the recipe. Generally passed down generationally, harira recipes vary enough to keep its consumers excited, but remain similar enough to always be identifiable. While the soup is made throughout the year, it makes the majority of its appearances at the Iftar meal (the meal that signifies breaking fast) during the month of Ramadan. Read More

Foodie Fridays: Ramadan Edition — Sfouf

Foodie Fridays: Ramadan Edition — Sfouf

“Foodie Fridays” are dedicated to my two great loves: food and Fridays. In these posts, I’ll introduce you to some of my favorite varieties of Moroccan and North African cuisine. This particular post is part of my Ramadan Edition, which covers dishes that are common during the month of Ramadan.


Muslims worldwide observe Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, by fasting from sunrise to sunset in commemoration of the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. Upon the arrival of sunset, families gather together to break fast with a meal called Iftar, which means “breakfast” in Arabic. In Morocco, a wide variety of dishes are offered at Iftar—some of which only seem to pop up during Ramadan—and one of those dishes is known as sfouf. Read More

Cooking Couscous in Khadija's Kuzina

Cooking Couscous in Khadija’s Kuzina

I recently had the opportunity to attend an authentic Moroccan cooking class at Khadija’s Kuzina in Essaouira with another Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) and her parents. Though I’ve lived in this country for the better part of a year, it may have been one of the funnest experiences I’ve had to date. Read More

Eating Well on Eight Dollars a Week

Eating Well on Eight Dollars

Every Thursday, I walk the half-mile between my house and my village’s weekly souk for groceries and other household items. A souk is an open-air bazaar similar to a farmers market, and it’s essentially a one stop shop for most needs. Whether you want a chicken for lunch—which WILL have its throat slit in front of you—or a new couch (called a ponj) for your living room (called a salon), the souk is your best bet for a good deal—as long as you’re willing to haggle. Read More