Mardi 14 avril 2009
Last year the largest Couscous was prepared in Agadir, and this year the largest Tanjia was prepared in
Last Saturday April 4th, Morocco entered the Guinness Book of World Records, with the dish Tangia a
specialty of the red city Marrakesh.
The Tanjia pot was two meters high and one meter wide, it took 20 days of continuous work by three
people who are specialists in making traditional pottery, used about 75 kilos of mud to make it.
The chefs who prepared the Tangia , cooked over 400 kg of beef.
It was displayed at the famous town square Jemaal E Fna.
A place famous for its culture and entertainment. Jamaa El Fna became the gathering place for people
coming both from different quarters of the city and the surrounding areas of Marrakech to listen to story tellers , the snake charmers who come forward to put a tame snake around their neck or
the couple of men making their Halka
(the circle of people surrounding them) bigger.
Gunawa musicians with their unique African music as
well as their acrobatic dances.
There are women sitting and waiting to apply Henna on a woman' s hands, or men sitting nearby waiting
to read someone's future either by reading their palms or using cards.
The place is also surrounded by orange juice stands
that make fresh juice day and night.
At dusk Jamaa El Fna becomes illuminated by dozens of food stands making it the biggest restaurant in
Morocco. The foods, typically Moroccan, Harira (Moroccan soup), snails, sheep's heads, chicken, couscous, kebab and of course, Tanjia.
The food is exquisite, tasteful and much appreciated by
Moroccans ( including my self of course) and tourists.
Horse drawn buggies called "El Koutchi" is usually used by tourist as a form of transportation in
Marrakesh. It lets the tourist see the sides of Marrakesh and hear the stories from the buggy driver.
It is enjoyable to sit at the terrace of one of these cafes and observe the movement, color, culture and history.
Jacque Majorelle was one of the more important collectors of plants of his area. Plants of the five
continents are exposed in an enchanting framework. That was the workshop of Jacques Majorelle.
Jacques Majorelle is born in 1886 in Nancy (France). In 1919 he settles in Marrakech to continue his
career of painter, where he acquires a ground which was going to become the Majorelle garden. Since 1947 he opens his garden's doors to the public.
Following a car accident, he returns to France, where he dies in 1962. in 1980 Pierre Bergé and Yves
Saint Laurent repurchase the garden and restore it.
I dedicate this article to the red city " Marrakesh". I have been in many cities throughout my life but
Marrakesh is without a doubt my favorite city.
If I had the choice, I would live there for the rest of my life.
Let me share with you some photos of this magnificent city.
Do you believe me now ? I told you Marrakesh is beautiful.
You will find the Tangia Recipe HERE.