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    Posted April 6, 2013 by
    garyashley
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    Marrakech, Morocco
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    Marrakech bliss

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     garyashley says for his travel partner's birthday, they decided to celebrate by dining on the rooftop of their riad, it's akin to a western-style bed and breakfast, in Marrakech, Morocco. He says the dish they had is known commonly as Marrakech chicken and is served widely in Morocco. The dish consists of chicken that is slow-cooked as a stew in a tagine, which is a conical clay cooking vessel. The chicken is then flavored with whole green olives, preserved lemons, Moroccan spice and is served with couscous. He says the chicken was delicious. 'It was exceptionally tender and moist and flaked from the bone. The spices are quintessentially Moroccan, and the preserved lemon is something not commonly used here in the West,' he said. He said what made this dish even better was the ambience. 'The Riad Siwan had a beautiful rooftop dining area from which we could see most of the medina.'
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    It was my travel partner John's birthday while in Marrakech, so we wanted a special dinner. The cook at our riad (Riad Siwan in the medina) made us the local speciality, chicken tagine cooked with olives and preserved lemon. Perfect rooftop dining, listening to the call to prayer from the nearby Koutoubia Mosque.

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