- FOOD IS SACRED IN INDIA
Cumin, ginger, cinnamon, saffron – poetic spices that not only give flavor to food, but tell a story. Spices are travelers themselves, having crossed deserts and sailed on ships, they were coveted, used for trade and medicine. They tamed wild meats and aided digestion. Salt was as good as money. Spices have been a valuable flavorful currency worth their weight in gold as a precious influence on cultural identity.
Morocco, located only 8 kilometers from Spain to the north and the Sahara to the south, has had the advantage of the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, the desert connection to the whole of Africa and the indigenous Berbers from the Atlas mountains, running like a spine down the country’s back. It has a rich mix of aesthetic and exotic influence from the Ottoman Empire to the French who ruled for 50 yearsuntil 1956.
With a climate not unlike California, Morocco teems with character, ambiance and atmosphere. It’s deep and devotional, and as one friend put it, “In Morocco, we don’t think only of ourselves, we think of others”. This is the binding factor that makes Morocco so hospitable. It comes naturally to them. The family is the core and food is the vehicle in which they show their love. And… they eat well. A diet rich in meat, vegetables, fruits and nuts, sometimes cooked together. When spices are added, they marry beautifully like people who were destined to meet.
Marari Beach: CGH Earth Experience
There is a cow grazing outside of my door with a calf on her teet. The cows have been grazing all day with a slight tinkle to their bells, giving that bucolic sound so sweet for a nap.
The fan spins and blows the air in my room, and I can still hear the crickets outside. It reminds me of my childhood summer holidays on the south coast of Alabama, where the day began and ended with telling stories. In between, we caught crabs for making gumbo and enjoyed long stretches of white sand beaches. We loved the heaviness of the humid air. It helped us to relax and made cutting into a watermelon that much more inviting.