“It’s the Israeli Sephardic kitchen, which is all healthy food, and everything is cooked on the spot,” Birnbaum said. “If you go to any Moroccan grandma’s house in Israel, the first thing she’ll do is feed you, and the plates are all full with color and spice.”
Birnbaum’s menu ranges from puff pastry burekas and mezze, such as Moroccan carrot salad, eggplant and Mediterranean pickles, to plates and pita or laffa wraps with falafel, shawarma, kebabs, or merguez sausage.
“All the mezze is very Moroccan,” Birnbaum said. “We have a drink called Green Goodness that’s like lemonade with mint. Mint is very common in Moroccan cuisine in many different dishes and drinks because it’s very good for digestion after you eat lamb and other meat.
“We have a couscous salad that I make with mint and dried fruit and nuts. Like many Moroccan dishes, it’s salty and sweet together. One of my grandmother’s recipes we call Rice with Benefits because it has so many health benefits. It’s seasoned cooked rice mixed with sauteed onions, nuts and dried fruit.”
Ultimately, Birnbaum sees the cooking at Marrakesh in terms of conveying the culture and traditions of her family and native country.
“It’s not a chef restaurant,” she said. “It’s not complicated food. It’s food you would make at home.”
More glimpses of the menu at Marrakesh Mediterranean Market.
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