Foreign Food Fridays is a new regular series I’m starting.
It’s a way to share all the amazing food experiences I had while travelling last year. (Quick update for new readers: I spent the last six months of 2009 travelling to 10 countries and 26 cities with my hubby).
I took around 5000 photos during the six months and a large majority of them were food related – not very surprising really!
This year I’ve decided to take a reality check and admit that I’ll probably never get around to writing the reviews that go with the photos so I’m going to post them here every Friday instead.
For the very first edition I’m starting in Morocco which was the most incredible mouth-watering flavour experience ever. Truly inspirational.
It’s Pigeon Bastilla. The famous sweet and savoury Moroccan pie that’s the specialty of the city of Fez, where I ate it.
It’s a special occasion dish often served during Ramadan and to royalty throughout history. I was a bit hesitant about eating pigeon at first, but it was absolutely delicious.
The pie is made up of pigeon, saffron, cinnamon, sugar, almonds, ground spices and egg all wrapped up in various layers of pastry (similar to phyllo) that’s sprinkled with a sugar-nut mixture in between each sheet.
I love the way Moroccan food combines sweet and savoury ingredients in such a complimentary way – like harira soup served with sweet pastries. It sounds crazy but it really works.
One day I’m going to try making a Bastilla… but I’m not giving myself a dead line – these days they just come and go with the wind!
Just so you know, I’m going to post this series on Twitter each week with the hashtag #fff. If you’ve got a foreign food pic to share, feel free to use the tag also!