• Food,  History

    How we celebrate the arrival of the Amazigh new year

    The Amazigh calendar is one of the oldest calendars that humans have used throughout different periods. Now we are in 2970 and unlike the gregorian or the Hijri one, The Amazigh calendar is not associated with any religious event. It was linked with a historical victory when the Amazigh won the pharaohs to be the 22nd family that had reigned the pharaon Egypt. The Amazighs celebrate each year the anniversary of this historic victory by considering it the Amazigh new year. Many research and studies indicated that the Amazigh calendar is related to the land. Some researchers consider the first day of the Berber year is a day that separates…

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    Moroccan Couscous

    Couscous dish is one of my favorite traditional foods we serve it in many ways, for example, Berkoukes or with vegetables. Coking time: 1h – Total Time: 1h 10 min – Number of persons: 4 Ingredients 2.2 lb. dry couscous (not instant; I prefer medium caliber) 1/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil 6 cups water, divided 2 to 3 tsp salt (added after 1st steaming) 2 tbsp soft butter (added after final steaming) Now it’s time to make your couscous : Set up an area to work with the couscous. In Morocco, we use a gsaa (very wide, shallow serving and mixing dish), but another very large wide vessel or bowl can work. Have oil, water, salt, and butter out and ready. Lightly oil the…

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    Argan, the miracle oil

    Traditionally, argan oil was used extensively in Morocco to treat various ailments, such as dry skin, acne, wrinkles, and joint pain. Toasted, it is also a common ingredient in cooking, with health benefits ranging from lowering cholesterol to easing arthritis. As western countries cottoned on to this apparently magical resource, demand has shot up, with argan oil appearing in everything from shampoo bars to instant eye-tightening serum. The argan tree is grown almost exclusively in the barren lands of south-western Morocco. A natural barrier against the advance of the desert, it prevents soil erosion and protects water resources. The tree is so beneficial to the environment that Morocco’s argan forest…

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    Berkouks or Couscous presented with Amlou

    Berkouks is a traditional Amazigh dish that we get used to prepare it in different occasions such as weddings or the Amazigh new year, it presents a symbol of happiness. Cooking time: 1h – Total time: 1h15min – Number of persons: 4 persons Ingredients: For couscous: Check the recipe For Amlou: 400 g salted roasted almonds 20 cl Argan oil 200 g honey To serve : 10 cl Butter 10 cl Argan oil Now it’s time to make your delicious dish: Prepare your couscous. How to prepare Amlou “also called the Moroccan Nutella” Place whole almonds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast them in a preheated…

  • Style

    The symbolic Amazigh accessory, Tazerzit

    The Tazerzit accessory is a piece of common jewelry among the Amazigh women. It is known by several other names, for example, Tzghnest. This accessory is widely spread and used by several tribes in the northwest of Africa. Its shape varies depending on each territory but it consists mainly of a triangle under a ring or a half-circle. The name origins : In the Amazigh language especially in the dialect spoken by people living in the south part of morocco. we usually called this kind of accessory Tarazewit, or tazarzewit or tazerzit. All these names are grammatically feminine because they all started with the letter “T”. These names come from…