Guest Blog by My Friend Barbara Bensoussan, author of The Well-Spiced Life

an authentic food memoir that combines the best of pleasure reading with excellent recipes

Hello to all you Gourmet Kosher Cooks! A Moroccan Chanuka Menu For You…

Let me introduce myself: My name is Barbara Bensoussan, and I began my adult life as a mild-mannered Nice Jewish Girl from Philadelphia, working on a doctorate in psychology and minding my own business. But then, contrary to everyone’s expectations—mine included—my life took a 180-degree turn when I became Shabbos-observant and met and married a Nice Jewish Boy from…Casablanca.

Oy vey! We settled in Brooklyn, that crossroads of culture, and my cooking became a hodge-podge of cuisines from Morocco, Syria, Persia and yes, Eastern Europe. I spent the next twenty years absorbing new styles of cooking (quite literally—I have the pounds to prove it!) while raising a family. I’ve recounted the details of my often-bumbling foray into the world of Sephardic food and culture in a new book, The Well-Spiced Life (Israel Bookshop), sharing both experiences and recipes.

Below are a few samples from the Moroccan recipes, enough to make an entire menu if you add perhaps a little matbucha with the salads and some couscous with the chicken. With the fried eggplant and fried donuts, it’s perfect for Chanukah, the Festival of Oil!
Moroccan Carrot Salad
Fried Eggplant Salad
Chicken with Olives
Morrocan Sfeng (Donuts)

And if you enjoy the recipes, try the book! It makes a great Chanukah gift.

A “Chappy Chanukah” to all,

Barbara Bensoussan

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