Moroccan Food Markets part 3

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There is a funny story behind this photo.  Daniel, our pro, and I went to the markets later one evening to photograph something … anything.  We set up shop in this corner and waited.

Here they come …. !

These feisty youngsters scurried by us wagging their fingers and repeating  NO NO NO NO NO!  I couldn’t help but laugh, and by the looks on their faces, they couldn’t understand why I was laughing …   I would have loved to have chatted with them .

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The markets are everywhere,

 the food is amazing.

Fresh is an understatement,

and color is lavish.

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‘A tagine is an important part of Moroccan cuisine and has been a part of the culture for hundreds of years. The word tagine actually has two meanings. First, it refers to a type of North African cookware traditionally made of clay or ceramic. The bottom is a wide, shallow circular dish used for both cooking and serving, while the top of the tagine is distinctively shaped into a rounded dome or cone.

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Secondly, the word tagine also refers to the succulent, stew-like dish which is slow-cooked in the traditional cookware. Typically, a tagine is a rich mixture of meat, poultry, or fish, and most often includes vegetables or fruit. Vegetables may also be cooked alone in the tagine.’  wiki

  A few more ingredients the Moroccans love are:  Couscous: steamed semolina

Chickpeas and Lentils

Cumin, curry, cinnamon, and garlic are also a staple.

 

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Breakfast was a variety of breads, cheese’s and jams.  Eggs were offered, but I think mostly to please the tourists.

I connected with the breads …

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I see the eggs, and I like the eggs.  But does any one see a mermaid with a Felix the Cat face?

Felix, the wonderful, wonderful cat.

I’m not sure if the face is drawn on the pillar or if it’s just wear and tear.

I just noticed it, now I can’t see the eggs.

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 There are 52 varieties of olives in Morocco.  Our first stop was in Casablanca. This city houses an amazing olive market, unfortunately the day we were to visit was a Friday.  Fridays are a main day for prayer and they were closed, but not all shops close as a rule.

I am sorry we missed it, not only would it have been amazing , it would have been a great way to get reacquainted with my camera, shooting how and what I love.

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This is Abdul, we were regulars.

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The Fish Market ….

The man above was cleaning his morning catch, eels… and below we have a shark on the table .

  Did I mention the food was fresh?

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The weigh station photo is a favorite of mine, but I haven’t pinpointed why.  Maybe it’s because it’s so unlike my style …. If you scroll up and down again you will notice most of my images go from left to right, or right to left, and the focal point is defined.

Evolution, all good.

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and a sense of humor….

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All of these photos were taken inside the ‘old city’s’ of the towns we visited. They call these old city’s  Medinas.

‘Encompassed by towering walls, the medinas are filled with narrow streets, tiny alleyways, market places and historical mosques. The purpose of each medina was to keep out invading armies, and each medina has its own unique story to tell.’   wiki

Soon to come so please stay tuned …..

and thank you very much for viewing my ‘photography blog’.

Michelle

 

 

9 thoughts on “Moroccan Food Markets part 3

  1. Mermaids… Interesting that your lens was focused on the exquisite markets, colorful and full of textures, and one side of your brain resonated with the image of a mermaid.

  2. Love it! Did you buy a tagine? I have a big brown one, but not as pretty as those. Drinks soon? Pat

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  3. As always, you’re the best. You got great shots without the benefit of any staging or lighting and your stories are great also

  4. I didn’t see a mermaid or Felix the Cat, but I did see lots of delicious foods! Now I’m hungry….great photos!

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