My Moroccan al-ftour (breakfast) + a little dictionary

I am not at all a breakfast person: I would much rather sleep five minutes more and have a disgusting coffee on the go than waking up and making something to eat.

But, when someone makes breakfast for me… well, the situation is way different! Here in Morocco, for example, Fatima always prepares a great breakfast.  

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As you can see, there is everything! So this is how a real breakfast is here:

  • hard boiled eggs (there are chickens living on the roof)
  • orange juice (real orange juice!)
  • tea, of course. And if you want to know how to make a real Moroccan one, here is how 
  • home made cakes or pancakes
  • home made bread -> here is the recipe for Fatima´s bread
  • olive oil
  • olives (happy me)
  • butter (never touched it here: it looks so damn fat)
Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa

What I really like is that they have their little routines: some things are served in cute tajines and the bread is always protected by a cotton cloth. 

Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa

And now let´s learn some breakfast-vocabulary! O, remember: these are darija and not tamazight words.

  • breakfast -> al-ftour
  • coffee -> ahwa
  • mint tea -> thé b´na na (easy to remember, because it sounds like “the banana”)
  • tea with milk -> thé wa hleb
  • with sugar -> wa sukur
  • without sugar -> bla sukur
  • orange juice -> asir limun (yes, I know: limun sounds like lemon…)
  • eggs -> bayd
  • bread -> khubz
Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa

Moroccan tea: here´s the secret for the magical one

Maybe you remember when I wrote about the first time that I had an authentic Moroccan tea, not one of those minty beverages you buy at the supermarket. I didn´t understand why it tasted so good, I couldn´t understand what the magical secret was. Now I do.

#wanderlustpostcards #errachidia #morocco #tea #moroccantea #minttea #travel #solofemaletraveler

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What you need:

  • a Moroccan tea-pot
  • Moroccan glasses (yes, because here the tea has to be drunk in those tiny glasses, and not in our big mugs)


  • water
  • green tea
  • sugar

The recipe in easy, nothing really extraordinary:

  • boil some water (we did´t use more than half a liter: out tea-pot was very tiny)
  • add 2-3 spoons of green tea

Authentic and yummy Moroccan tea! #morocco #tea #traditions #green #teapot

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Now the interesting part begins:

  • add 2-3 spoons of sugar
  • leave everything there for 5 minutes
  • fill up 3-4 glasses, and than empty them back into the teapot.

Now it´s the hardest part: you have to learn how to pour the tea, because the most important thing is the mousse (at least 2 cm). In order to make this magical mousse, it´s important to pour the beverage from at least 7-8 centimeters of distance: pick up the teapot, pull it up and… hit the glass: good luck. Of course I am disaster: when I want to drink tea, the table gets all wet.

#mint #morocco #errachidia #tea #moroccantea #travel #solofemaletravel

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And, if you want to have a stronger and tastier aroma, just put some mint springs in the teapot, or in your glass: it´s going to taste like an oriental magical night.

My first Moroccan tea

I was sitting on this red couch, one of those those very low ones that can make you feel very old every-time you get up.

I was working, when suddenly the hotel-director came in to give me some tea. And GOSH!!! It was so so so good. There was I don´t know how much sugar inside, but it tasted so damn good. My tongue was seduced by this incredible flavor and this incredible aroma.

I always thought that Moroccan tea was famous for the mint, because at the supermarket this is what they teach you, but there was no mint inside. I don´t really know what it was, because it was a very hard and incomprehensible word in Arab. Maybe it was green tea with something else inside, but I´ll investigate a little!

La Thé Box: the perfect companion for those autumn afternoons

I love tea. I drink it everywhere I go and I love all kinds of this marvelous beverage. years ago a friend of mine got a box from his girl-friend: it was La Thé Box and it was the best gift ever!

It’s a box, a beautiful one, filled with different types of tea. There are quite a lot of boxes you can choose and everyone one of theme follows a theme: Africa, elegant, infusion and a lot more. And the tea inside the box reflects the theme!

I tried the African one, the North Pole one and the Russian one, and I loved them all! The choice of tea is great and on the website, selecting the box you are interested in, you can see which kind of tea you can find inside!

Plus, you can get, or give as a present, a subscription which can be of a month (18,90 euros), 3 months (56,70 euros), 6 months (113 euros) and one year (208 euros).

O, and there always is a tiny beautiful present inside!