We’ve been lucky enough to go to some fabulously amazing meals/events since we arrived in Morocco. We have been to simple meals in the homes of my husband’s family. We have been to fancy meals in the homes of parents of students at my school. We have even been to an incredible pool party at a beautiful beach house in Mohammedia. Each of these meals were different. Some were simple tagine meals, with meat, vegetables and bread where you sat on the floor to eat. Others were buffets of multiple, multiple delicacies including cow’s brain and b’stilla. However, every meal that we eat here outside of our house, and many in our house, have three things in common:
1. Food is not rushed – it is brought out slowly, in courses, so that you have time to enjoy each and everything you put into your mouth. See my post about food in Morocco for more info on what these courses consist of.
2. Company is cherished – Food is not normally brought out the moment you arrive, and if it is, it is an “appetizer or snack”. Conversation is welcome and necessary before, during and after each meal.
3. Tea is served. Just when you think the day can’t get any better, and you couldn’t enjoy the food or company any more – tea is brought out. The tea is served extremely hot, so that you must wait (and talk) before you drink it. Sometimes it is served with just nuts, or crackers, but often it includes a full desert, with cookies, cakes etc.
The focus of these meals is a common theme in Morocco, take time, talk, enjoy yourself, and have a cup of tea!