Mermaids` Makings

Around the World In 12 Dishes- Morocco

Welcome to “Around The World in 12 Dishes”. We will be taking you on a journey around the world, (loosely) following in Phileas Fogg’s footsteps, exploring 12 different countries with our children, by cooking 12 dishes with them. One for each country visited.

The world is such a wonderfully diverse and colorful place. Our children see maps, flags and books. They see postcards and maybe they see films about the world.. but let’s really bring it to life through food! Taste and smell don’t often get explored, we think this would be wonderfully fun and interesting for you and your children.

Not only is it an exciting and different way to learn about cultures, but cooking with children brings a host of benefits – from numeracy to science. How can you beat that?

Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Domestic Goddesque, Glittering Muffins, Here Come The Girls, Juggling with Kids, Kid World Citizen, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Mermaids’ Makings, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum and The Educators’ Spin On It have come together to help you on your food journey and will each cook a dish with our children and post about it – to help inspire you to have a go! Then go out there, cook, blog, and join in the linky fun! Check out the other great posts as well!

Around the World in 12 Dishes

We had started our journey the same way Phileas Fogg did in London, UK, and now are arriving in Rabat, capital of Morocco!

How to join the fun!

  • The only mandatory part is the dish, the rest is all up to you, we just thought it would be fun and more concrete to the kids as to why we are making a unusual dish.
  • Cook a dish from Morocco: The goal is to explore this country through FOOD and activities if you wish. Make a typical dish (sweet or savoury) from the country with the kids, take photos and have fun!
  • Typical dishes: Tajine, Briouat, Kefta, Merguez or Ma’amoul.
  • Print your passport: Click here to download, comes with space for a photo of the child with the dish. Here is a little cover for it if you wish :)
  • Color a placemat: Once colored/painted or whatever other way you want to do this, you can laminate it or put it between clear contact paper to use it over and over. Great conversation piece for you and your kids. Click here to download it.
  • Make a craft: you can make a country related craft with the kids [optional!]
  • Fun fact: Even though the official language is Arabic, Moroccan Arabic is so different that someone from, for example, Saudi-Arabia will hardly be able to understand.
  • Share with us: Our Morocco challenge starts on November 2nd and will remain open for a year, so attach a link to your blog to enter the linky party or go to the comment section and post a photo together with what you did together with your child(ren).
  • Pinterest: We will add your photos to a “Around the World in 12 Dishes” Pinterest Boards (one for the dishes, one for the crafts) you will be a great source of inspiration for everyone :)
  • Are you a blogger? Let your fans know about the challenge and grab our cute lil’ button to share it on your blog.
Around the World in 12 Dishes
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Please check out our partner blogs and their Morocco ideas: Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Domestic Goddesque, Glittering Muffins, Here Come The Girls, Juggling with Kids, Kid World Citizen, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Mermaids’ Makings, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum and The Educators’ Spin On It

If you do this, we’d LOVE to see a photo of it. Email it to us or post it on our Facebook page. We’d love to do a Facebook album, a Pinterest board and a page of your creations :)

Please link up your Moroccan dish and/or craft in our linky here, we would love to see it!


We found a very yummy Morroccan dish from here and it is

Morrocan Meatball Tagine with Lemons and Olives.

Lil Mermaid helped me to roll the meatballs and we all enjoyed the dish very much. We served it with cous cous..  Although she had rolled meatballs with me before, it was her first time trying to make cous cous. She really enjoyed eating it too! It`s nice looking at different countries cuisine, and deciding which things to try.




You need:

  • 3 onions, peeled
  • 500g minced lamb
  • Zest and juice 1  lemon, plus  1 whole  lemon, quartered
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Thumb-sized piece of ginger,  peeled and grated
  • 1 red chilli, de-seeded, finely chopped
  • 250ml lamb stock
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 100g pitted black olives
  • Small bunch of coriander, chopped
  • To serve: Couscous or fresh crusty bread

This is what you do:

Put the onions in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped. Put the lamb, lemon zest, spices, parsley and half the onions in a large bowl and season. Using your hands, mix until well combined, then shape into walnut-sized balls.

Heat the oil in a large flame-proof dish, or tagine with a lid, then add the remaining onions, ginger and chilli. Cook for five minutes until the onion is softened and starting to colour. Add the lemon juice, stock, tomato puree and olives, then bring to the boil. Add the meatballs, one at a time, then reduce the heat, cover with the lid and cook for 20 minutes, turning the meatballs a couple  of times. Remove lid, then add the coriander and lemon wedges, tucking them in between the meatballs. Cook, uncovered, for a further ten minutes until the liquid has reduced and thickened slightly. Serve hot with couscous or fresh crusty bread.

3 comments on “Around the World In 12 Dishes- Morocco

  1. mermaid
    December 4, 2012

    Yes I`m happy my little one ate this time and the meatballs sticked together quite well.. maybe because we just rolled them in our hands for quite a long time :)

  2. Valerie @ Glittering Muffins
    December 3, 2012

    Yay! She ate it too! So happy :) Thanks for participating again.

  3. Becky
    December 3, 2012

    Yum!!!!! This looks so good!!! Did you find that it was easy to get the meatballs to stick together? Sometimes mine fall apart (though I’ve never made Moroccan meatballs!). Looks awesome!

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