Welcome to the Maghreb
Welcome to the Maghreb
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Morocco
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Algeria
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El Djem (Tunisia). One of the largest arenas of the Roman Empire can be found in the middle of the Tunisian desert. The Amphitheatre of Thysdrus, an enormous structure emerged out of the barren desert in just eight years.
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"Silence is the door of consent."
Libyan Proverb
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Tunisia
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Tunisia
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Morocco
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El Jadida Cistern (Morocco)
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Ras Hilal (Libya)
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Sidi Bou Said (Tunisia)
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Braj from Algeria is semoulina shortbread with date paste, flavored with orange blossom water. It’s a traditional “spring picnic” food for a celebration called ” rbi3” or “tafsout”. It may be enjoyed with a tall glass of “lben”. The term braj means losange in Algerian dialect, a popular shape for food. Anything edible may be cut into a losange or diamond shape - makroud, rfiss, braj, watermelon, baklava. Algerian traditional recipes measure ingredients by volume, not weight. The idea is to take any measure, be it a cup, a glass, or a big container, fill it 3x with the dry ingredients (semoulina here) and 1x with fat (butter, ghee). The choice of the measure will determine the quantity of the pastry. If you want a small quantity, choose a small container.
3 measures of semoulina (may use a coffee mug) - 1 measure of ghee/clarified butter (same mug) - 2 pinches of salt - Orange blosom water, diluted in some water - FILLING: (Quantity used depends on the amount of date you want to have in the cake). Date paste, pinch a cinnamon, a few drops of oil to knead the paste. 
Mix semoulina with melted and cooled ghee, add pinch of salt, rub it with the palm of your hands so ghee gets fully incorporated. Let mix stand for a few hours. Gradually add diluted orange blossom water until you get a nice dough, neither dry, nor too soft, Let sit for 30 mins. In the meantime, knead date paste with cinammon and oil, and a spoonful of toasted sesame seeds. On an oiled cling film, flatten and give it a round shape. Divide dough into 2 equal balls. Flatten one of the balls, place date paste on top and cover with remaining semoulina ball. Flatten this sandwich cake with a rolling pin. Cut into losanges or squares and cook on a low-heated, un-greased “tajine” or “mraa”, turning both sides with a spatula until golden brown. Enjoy, warm or cold with a glass of buttermilk or your favorite drink.
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Dorra Zarrouk (درة زروق), née le 13 janvier 1980 à Tunis1, est une actrice tunisienne. Née d’un père tunisois de vieille souche et d’une mère issue d’une famille aisée, petite-fille de Ali Zouaoui, ancien gouverneur de la Banque centrale de Tunisie et président de l’Espérance sportive de Tunis2, Dorra Zarrouk obtient un DEA en sciences politiques de l’Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth2. Elle débute sa carrière en tant que mannequin, puis entre dans une troupe de théâtre où elle joue dans une pièce du metteur en scène Taoufik Jebali. Elle interprète plusieurs rôles dans les cinémas tunisien et, depuis 2007, égyptien. Elle se trouve en 2012 en tête du classement des plus belles femmes tunisiennes3. 
Cinéma: Khorma (2002), Nadia et Sarra (2004), Making of (2006), Alawela fel Gharam (2007), Klachinkof (2008), Cinecittà (2008), L’Aquarium (en) (2008), Sami Oxyde Carbone (2011), El Hob Keda. Télévision: Hissabat w Aqabat (2005), Maktoub (2008), El Aar, Al Rayan, Ikhtifa Said Mahran, Lahadat Harija (1 et 2), Adam, Rahil Maa Chams. Documentaires: Gladiateurs (2004), The Gospel of Judas (2006).
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In Fes (Morocco)
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"Women were born to be treasured."
Libyan Proverb
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Aït Benhaddou (Morocco)