Setting the scene:
Turning the page they giggled spotting the Marrakesh taxi receipt from when they were taken to the Djemaa el-Fna Bazaar just off the central square. The driver spoke little English and so using sign language they had made him laugh out loud.
The market was huge and being early evening it sparkled with millions of little lights. They were intoxicated by the aromas of cinnamon, rosemary and mint.
They shopped for earrings and found a lovely Moroccan lantern they brought home. They wandered hand in hand finally climbing some old stone steps to a traditional Moroccan roof top restaurant.
Here they feasted on Avocado Fattoush with za’atar crisps and a bottle of Syrah du Maroc, a truly magnificent North African wine.
Drinks match – Syrah du Maroc from Yapp Brothers
For 2 lovers
Get on with it…
Make the dressing first by combining in a jam jar 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 minced shallot, 2 tsp sumac, 1 tbsp runny honey, 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses, 100ml red wine vinegar & season well with salt & freshly ground black pepper. Lid on & shake it baby then leave aside for all the lovely flavours to get to know each other.
On a large platter lay out a handful of torn crunchy lettuce leaves & a handful of washed baby spinach leaves. Top with some halved cherry tomatoes, some sliced cucumber halves, wafer thin radish slices, rings of red pepper & fans of avocado. Drizzle with the exotic dressing & then tear up 1 toasted pitta bread & a handful of fresh mint leaves & hey presto.
Feed the desire
The Aztecs allegedly called the avocado “ahuacuatl” meaning the testicle tree. If that needs any explaining you should have gone to specsavers! Avocados are rich in folic acid, which is good for the heart and energy levels & also contain vitamin E that’s great for radiant skin as well as vitamin B6 which is said to increase production of male hormones. Sounds like an all round good package.