The musical storm..

This piece of music is called The Storm, by Yanni, and it’s one of my favourites… Yanni is a greek composer, one of the best as far as i’m concerned!! The impressing lead violonist is Samvel Yervinyan, from Armenia. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do .. Close your eyes and let them take you somewhere nice 🙂

Moroccan tea

Moroccan tea is a part of Moroccan life and culture. It’s very sweet and refreshing. This is the most popular drink in Morocco, offered in all kind of events with no exception, and consumed in any time of the day, alone,  accompanied, or in the end of a meal. It’s even given to babies by their mothers. It’s a symbol of hospitality and frendship.

The very first move of a        Moroccan person who receives an unexpected guest would be to prepare tea before thinking of anything else. The main ingredients are fresh mint, green tea and plenty of sugar, but it can be flavoured by different other plants or ingredients, mostly the orange tree flower. It’s offered in glasses, colored and transparent ones, on a silver tray. The moroccan tea changes its colour from an area to another, it’s light in the north and very strong and dark in the Sahara (the Moroccan southern desert).

The easiest way of preaparing a Moroccan tea I could share is the following :

For this, you need fresh mint, green tea, water and as much sugar as needed. Start by boiling the water and pouring a small amount in the teapot, swishing it around to warm the pot. Combine the mint and green tea and sugar in the teapot, then fill it with the rest of the hot water. Let the tea brew for three minutes. Set out glasses for the tea while waiting. A shot-glass is close to the slender glasses used in Morocco. Fill just one glass with the tea, then pour it back in the pot. Repeat this action : this helps to dissolve and distribute the sugar. Finally, pour the tea. You want a nice foam on the tea so always pour with the teapot a high distance above the glasses. If you do not have at least a little foam on the top of the first glass, then pour it back into the teapot and try again until the tea starts to foam up nicely. Garnish with the remaining sprigs of mint.

You can serve it accompanied with sweets or Moroccan cookies !!

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