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14 July 2007 @ 10:39 pm
Traditional Couscous?  
So I'm going to try to learn to make Moroccan food, but it's complicated by the fact that my boyfriend is from Morocco, so he'll have high expectations. I'd love to make couscous for him, but I can not find real couscous anywhere. There are a billion varieties of the quick cooking kind, and I know that will not cut it.

Does anyone know where I could find traditional couscous? I've looked a little at fancy schmancy grocery stores, but nothing's popped up. Websites? Mail order? Help?
 
 
 
Strawberry Chocolates: Coffee by starlite_iconsangelie on July 15th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Maybe he can help you there, being Moroccan he probably knows where to get the stuff or he can ask his family? Or do you live in the States and he lives elsewhere and visits?
Do you think he has high expectations on you, being Non-Moroccan, to cook perfect authentic food? Maybe you are worrying too much, he knows you are not from his country and is most likely plain pleased that you want to cook "his" food for him, even when it is not 100% :)
I am sorry I can't help you here, but I live in Northern Europe currently and have never made couscous. The only time I ever ate it so far was when I lived in the Middle East and it was made by an English girl for her Algerian bf... and it tasted good. But I have no idea if it was quick stuff or not.
The supermarkets here offer quick couscous, I know that in the Middle East you can get tons of slow cooking, authentic stuff but concerning the US I am lost O.o
Good luck!
Alexisseam_by_seam on July 16th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, I live in the U.S.; the rest of his family lives in Morocco, although he has an uncle that lives 75 miles away. I realize I'm probably worrying too much. He's coming back after a 10 month tour in Iraq (as an interpreter) so it would be a nice gesture.

And wow, I read over a recipe, and making couscous in the traditional way is a complicated process, especially for something that is really just pasta!
blue_hours_tooblue_hours_too on July 27th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
Try Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, or other stores that are on the organic/health food side. Or try a Middle Eastern or Indian store in the area. If none of these work, you can always order from Amazon. They have 3 pages of couscous to choose from. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=pd_sc_1/102-3739976-7941750?ie=UTF8&search-alias=aps&field-keywords=couscous

If you're looking for some other excellent Moroccan recipes, feel free to steal from my collection http://community.livejournal.com/ethnic_cuisines/tag/morocco
Alexisseam_by_seam on September 2nd, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info; there isn't a Trader Joe's or Bristol Farms, but I definitely checked Whole Foods (I live in Austin, the flagship store is located here) - it wasn't there, and Central Market, which is a similar chain of stores in Texas, although with a little less emphasis on natural and organic products.

I wasn't having any luck, in town or over the internet, until I stopped in at a local Halal market, which had it! It was in an unmarked bag, but it's decidedly different from the instant couscous I've seen. I've yet to make it though.

Thus far I've made Chicken Cooked in Sweet Tomato Jam, and Kefta in Tomato sauce, both of which were delicious, I'll post the recipes soon. Both are from Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco.