Monday, June 6, 2011

Roadside dining, Morocco style.

I've been back from Morocco for a week now and I've spent some of that time putting together some videos of the trip. Here's the first, a short film about lunch in a roadside diner deep in the Rif mountains of northern Morocco.

You'll have to excuse the sound levels, my gloomy voice and my jumpy camera work. This is the only third video I've made and I'm still learning, so please be nice. Actually, scratch that, just be honest.

I filmed all of these on my Lumix LX3 and I edited them on my iPad using ReelDirector. I think I have to work on my story lines and my voice overs, in particular. The mic I was using for the voice over was the inbuilt one on my iPad, so it's not great. I also had problems working out the sound levels. As for the shaky camera, well, I'm working on that too.

I know this isn't Discovery Channel quality, but I'm pretty pleased with the way it came out and really excited about the possibilities it opens up on this blog. I'm taking it one video at a time.

The food at this place, incidentally, was wonderful. I know those carcasses hanging by the road and covered in flies conjure all sorts of hygiene concerns but hey, when in Morocco... In any event, the meat - mutton mostly - was cooked on coal and that would have killed off anything theory at least. We survived, suffice to say.

The only bit of the meal I didn't like was the bissara, a thin paste made from green beans and garlic, served hot with olive oil. I should like this, but there was something in it that put me off. I think it was smen, or Morocco's version of ghee. Clarified butter, in other words. And anyone who knows me knows I don't get with butter, in any of its forms.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video. Your thoughts, as always, are much appreciated.


  1. it all looks fabulous - pretty countryside - what, no wine with lunch?

  2. Glad you enjoyed it Alfonso. And yes, no wine at this meal I'm afraid. Morocco actually has some decent wines (for my palate anyway) from the Meknes area but this place was dry...apart from spring water, piped direct from the mountain into the restaurant courtyard.

  3. The food looks great, and I've had bissara here in Sydney (minus the ghee), I think it had olive oil.

    I find it interesting that we pay so much attention to hygiene yet hardly anyone gets ill over there!

  4. A lot of people cringe at the thought of eating meat that's been hanging in the open air, flies included. But they are often the first to dive in the salads. Hmmmmm....I'll take my chances with the meat any day. There's a post in there somewhere isn't there?
    Thanks for stopping by Corinne.