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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Slow Cooker Spiced Moroccan Lamb Stew with Apricots

What is lamb you might ask? What is mutton you might ask? Mutton is a mature sheep; in a sheep's first year of life, it is called a lamb. Mutton and lamb belong to the animal, the sheep. Slow Cooker Spiced Moroccan Lamb Stew with Apricots.



Slow Cooker Spiced Moroccan Lamb Stew with Apricots


Slow Cooker Spiced Moroccan Lamb Stew with Apricots



Ingredients
3 pounds lamb or mutton stew meat
2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup diced apricots
2 medium diced potatoes
1 cup mushrooms
1 cup onions, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons salt
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups water


Directions
Place lamb or mutton and vegetables in slow cooker. Mix salt, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf into water and pour over lamb and vegetables. Cover and cook on low 8 to 9 hours, until lamb is tender. Serve with rice.



20 Facts about Morocco

Morocco’s’ population is around 33,322,699


Independence from France on March 2, 1956


The English name Morocco derives from, respectively, the Spanish and Portuguese names Marruecos and Marrocos, which stem from                       Marrakesh the Latin name for the former capital of ancient Morocco;           the Arabic name Al Maghrib translates as The West.


Morocco’s’ population is around 33,322,699 (July 2015 est.)


Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries known as the Maghreb or the Arab West.


The capital city of Morocco is Rabat, although the largest city is Casablanca with nearly 4 million people.


Citizenship in Morocco is by descent only: the father must be a citizen of Morocco; if the father is unknown or stateless, the mother must be a citizen.


Languages Arabic (official), Berber languages - Tamazight (official), Tachelhit, Tarifit, French is often the language of business, government, and diplomacy.


From 1975-76 Morocco annexed Western Sahara, but faces an ongoing guerrilla battle for independence from local Saharawi people to this very day despite a UN ceasefire agreement.


The English name "Morocco" derives from, respectively, the Spanish and Portuguese names "Marruecos" and "Marrocos," which stem from "Marrakesh" the Latin name for the former capital of ancient Morocco; the Arabic name "Al Maghrib" translates as "The West"


Since Spain's 1976 withdrawal from what is today called Western                 Sahara, Morocco has extended its de facto administrative control to   roughly 80% of this territory; however, the UN does not recognize                 Morocco as the administering power for Western Sahara.


Morocco is slightly more than three times the size of New York or slightly larger than California.


Morocco is mountainous with the Atlas Mountains running from northeast to the southwest through the center and the Rif Mountains located in the north.


Chefchaouen is the beautiful world famous electric blue city of Morocco.

Chefchaouen is the beautiful world famous electric blue city of Morocco


Morocco is the only African nation to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines.


Morocco’s’ national symbols are the pentacle symbol, lion; national colors: red, green.


Morocco is one of the world's largest producers of illicit hashish.


Moroccan cities generally have mosques, market areas called bazaars, old medieval sections called medinas and old fortresses called kasbahs.


Green tea with mint and sweetened with sugar is a popular beverage in Morocco.


The most famous of Moroccan dishes is couscous.


The Moroccan national team became the first African and Arab country to make to the second round of a World Cup when they did so in 1986.

Moroccan home sweet home


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