Jazar Bil Kamoun Wal Toum (Moroccan Carrot Salad)

I hope you guys all had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was fun and it lasted (the fun bit) until we were finally exhausted. Exhausted from eating and drinking but that’s what you do at this time of the year, right?

As promised… this is the salad we had for Christmas as a side to the main and a couscous dish. I thought it would be a good idea to keep all three Moroccan. I remember considering this particular salad for Vegan MoFo a few years ago when I had the Mediterranean theme for the whole month but never got around to it.

Recipe Notes: You might like to play around with the spices. I personally LOVE cumin and hot chilli so I use a lot more than specified in the recipes and even add more later on—which is true for cumin every time.

Jazar Bil Kamoun Wal Toum (Moroccan Carrot Salad)

Jazar Bil Kamoun Wal Toum (Moroccan Carrot Salad)
Ingredients:

5 medium sized carrots (I must admit, Olly ate some while I was preparing. So, I can’t guarantee the exact amount 🙂 )
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground chilli
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Salt to taste
juice of ½ lemon, freshly squeezed
A few black olives, pitted and halved ( used 6 olives)

Method:
• Cut the carrots into four lengthwise, then into sticks. Steam until al dente. Drain well and set aside.
• Heat the oil in a large frying pan (I used a non-stick, stone pan which is big enough for the job).
• Add the carrot sticks and sauté on a medium heat for a few minutes, until carrots are covered in oil evenly.
• Add the crushed garlic, cumin, chilli, cinnamon, salt and pepper, and sauté until the garlic is aromatic and slightly golden.
• Drizzle the salad with lemon juice and decorate with olives. Serve cold.

Happy Holidays, Peoples!

Xmas

It’s that time of year again, Peoples. I have finally put together an Australian weather suitable Xmas dinner. And we are going Middle Eastern/Mediterranean! Well, mostly Moroccan, I should say. I will be making my famous Moroccan Faux-Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olives. This is something I haven’t made for a quite some time so that’ll be great. Here’s the whole menu:

Starters
Izot
Babaganush
Hummus
All served with Turkish bread

Main Dish
Moroccan Faux-Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olives

Side Dish

Harissa Flavoured Couscous with Raisins and Pine Nuts

Salad
Jazar Bil Kamoun Wal Toum (Moroccan Carrot Salad)

Dessert
Orange Cointeau and Macademia Christmas Pudding which is the only Xmas-sy thing we are having this year.

Jazar Bil Kamoun Wal Toum (Moroccan Carrot Salad) is the only one I have never made before. That’s the reason why you can access the recipes for the others but not this one. If it turns out to be a handsome looking salad, I might put it on VegFusion one day. If not, we’ll never talk about it again. OK?

Because my husband and I, we both have no family living close by in Australia, we do not get many visitors around Xmas. And, Xmas is the time for family, isn’t it? So far, we were fortunate enough to be invited to our friends’ Xmas dinners. They were nice enough to share their own families with us during holidays.

This year, we are having a friend around for Xmas dinner. So, that’ll be nice. I have just finished preparing our house for tomorrow: everything is cleaned and dusted, some of the cold items on the menu are put together, olives are soaked, I washed the tagine to be used tomorrow and our faux-chicken is thawing in the fridge. In short, I am ready to celebrate!

I hope you all have a beautiful holiday season. Try and make time for the little things, Peoples. Just relax and enjoy! Life should be celebrated.

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