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How To Make Traditional Amlou

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Amlou is an addictive and decadent dip made from argan oil, ground almonds, and honey. This delicacy, which is rumoured to be an aphrodisiac, would traditionally be given as a gift to newlyweds.  It comes from the Berber region in Morocco where it has been made for centuries using ingredients which are found richly in the area.

On our recent team trip to the Berber villages 20km from Essaouira, Morocco, we had the pleasure of making traditional Amlou with Amina, a Berber Moroccan woman who we work with to produce our argan oil. We were so excited about taking some home to our loved ones and are pleased to share this simple recipe with you.


Ingredients:

  • 250g Toasted Almonds

  • 100ml Culinary Argan Oil

  • Honey to taste


Traditional Method:

Dry roast the almonds in a pan with their skin to produce a smokey flavour and a tasty crunch.

Using a hand held grinder – similar to that you would grind coffee beans – we scooped spoonfuls of the nuts into the grinder and coated them liberally with argan oil.

As you grind, gradually top up with nuts and oil in. 

Once you have a smooth paste stir in the honey to taste.

The consistency should be a bit runnier than a traditional nut butter.

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Tips or equivalent;

  • Honey can be omitted
  • Best to do by hand than via a food processor
  • Although not traditional – a pinch of salt works well. 

Typically Amlou is served at breakfast to dip bread in however, the versatility of the ingredients means it can be used to accompany sweet or savoury dishes.

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Sleeping On An Empty Stomach

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Some food for thought from our Operations Manager, Lawrence, who is also a practising Buddhist:

A few years ago I stumbled across a piece of research (as one does), about the benefits of going to sleep with an empty stomach. It claimed that it took up to 4 hours for the body to fully digest, and ideally one should stop eating by 6pm. Since I often had a good breakfast, a big lunch and then a light dinner, I thought I could give it a try.

It was not as easy as first anticipated, but I did realise that it was my cravings and habits, and not a need for food, that made me uncomfortable. It was my conditioning that made me think I needed dinner. It was routine. And sometimes, without realising, I was eating as a reaction to my emotional state instead of as a means of nourishment; cravings often disguise themselves as hunger. While cravings seek to fulfil the senses, hunger seeks fulfilment of the stomach. It is important to know the difference.

My experience was also influenced by the 5:2 diet, which entails fasting for 2 days out of 7. I practiced it for 6 months, and had similar results; I began feeling frustrated but soon enough I could feel my lethargy begin to wane.

So, I have been practising not eating dinners for a while now, which is not always easy and sometimes I don’t adhere completely. If I do eat, though, I will try to eat something healthy and light – fruit or nuts. Occasionally I will eat a full dinner if I am out, and sometimes I indulge in the not-so-healthy things – chocolate or biscuits. It is important to be honest to oneself and acknowledge that sometimes you are allowed to slip out of your routines.

Overall, I feel much better for changing my eating routine and listening to my body. I find I sleep more easily, and my quality of sleep has improved. My energy levels have increased; I have freed some of it from the struggle of craving and am now able to channel this into the activities I love, such as Chi Kung and Aikido.

Although it may not work for everyone, I highly recommend giving this a go to see how it effects your energy levels and moods!

 

Arganic Celebrate Good News With A Moorish Brunch

The recent launch of our culinary argan oil in Marks and Spencers stores nationwide, marked a truly exciting milestone on the Arganic journey. To celebrate, we decided to invite our favourite foodies to Jago restaurant for an indulgent Moorish style brunch.

 The lovely team at Jago, carefully constructed the menu to showcase the oil’s wonderful versatility..

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We had some great responses from our guests, here are a few of our favourite snaps…

1 @symmetrybreakfast

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3@punchfoods

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We were so humbled by the turnout of the event which included some of the people we most admire in the UK food industry.

It also seems that the news of our brunch got around fast and wide, and one of our favourite bloggers in the UAE reinvented Jago’s delicious fig dish the very next morning..


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While we are here, we would like to remind you that you can purchase our culinary argan oil at Jones the Grocer stores in the UAE.

The Arganic Team