My favorite soup.

This is the most amazing and simple soup made from fava beans.

Try and enjoy, even your kids might like it.

bessara-soup

Fava Bean Soup is a much beloved Moroccan classic, called Bessara. Fava Bean Soup soup costs pennies, and tastes like a million bucks. I make it in summer too, and served it iced (see variation below). Naturally vegetarian and gluten-free too!

You might choose to serve fava bean soup not as a soup but as a side dish. In this case, proceed just as instructed, using only 6-8 water.

There is no substitute for the funky and incredibly flavorful fava beans. You will find them in Indian, Italian and Middle Eastern Grocery stores, or simply go online: well worth looking for. You will love them, so get a nice supply and store them in glass jars. Get only peeled fava beans.

Don’t get it into your head to peel the fava beans, which would be pure slavery: Buy them peeled!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups peeled dry fava beans
  • 3 quarts (12 cups) water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 8 large cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Instructions

Bring the beans, water, oil, salt and garlic to boil in a wide bottom pot. Reduce the flame to medium and cook, covered, for 2 hours. Whisk the paprika, cayenne, cumin, lemon juice and a little water in a bowl to make sure you have no spice lumps, and throw the mixture in the pot. Cook 15 more minutes. You will find that the beans have almost completely dissolved all by themselves, but just in case you want a more elegant presentation, cream the soup with an immersion blender. Adjust the texture and seasonings.

MAN TRÖTTNAR ALDRIG

Denna underbara Marockanska keramik som bara blir vackrare och vackrare ju  mer man blandar och samlar och njuter av den, serverar sallader och maträtter på den, har den framme, ställer den på hyllorna, ger den i present. Ibland tänker jag: När tröttnar folk? Men jag får hela tiden svaret från folk: – Aldrig!! Den har nästan kommit så långt in i Svenska folkhemmet att den snart kan kallas en Svensk klassiker. kanske var det precis det vi Svenskar behövde efter alla år av rent, enfärgat, trä och vitmålat.

 

ARGAN OLJA-EN RÄDDARE I SOMMAR

Arganoljan innehåller höga halter E-vitamin som hjälper till vid läkning av huden vid tex insektsbett och solbränna.

Här om dagen jobbade jag i trädgården och brände jag hela handen på bränn-nässlor. Det sved till ordenligt och först tänkte jag att jag skulle klara men höll sen på att bli tokig av allt svidande o kliande. Jag satte på ett tunt lager med ARGANSMÖRET som är en behandlingscreme baserat på ren arganolja. Genast stillade det sej. Tacksam!

På Solbränna är det också fantastiskt, precis som på andra brännskador. E-vitaminen hjälper till att återbilda nya celler för att minska ärrbildning och svårighet vid läkning. Både Arganoljan och argansmöret är effektiv här. Dock ska nämnas att på huden har arganoljan intet solskyddande ämne så använd solkräm men ta arganoljan efteråt.

Vid insektsbett är det bra att massera in arganolja på huden på kvällen för att slippa klåda och besvär på natten. Det funkar verkligen effektivt och man sover djupt o skönt.

Arganolja på håret i sommar. Arganoljan skyddar ditt hår från att skadas av sol och vind. Det återfuktar håret och behåller dess elasticitet. Eftersom det är en olja så bevaras effekten även vid bad och håller fint hela dagen.

 

Här är en bloggpost från Natruligtsnygg om vår fina olja. 

Mer läsning för er som vill veta mer: 

 

Ha en skön sommar!

NOMADIC PARTIES AND EARLY MORNINGS

Just finished a long but great day.

Got up at five to do some work and prepare the house. Sid was so patient and wonderful. Though I have made a very healthy promise to never let him suffer from both parents being self employed I really had to make it work this morning. So put him in the car at 7 am, pampered with an on the road breakfast of fresh fruits and favourite bread. Off we go. Start packing the nomad tent, pick up the staff, hoover the last of the carpets from Saturday nights nomadic wedding, pick up a trailer, load the trailer, see a client picking up some deliveries for her shop. Off to Malmö to put the tent up. Quickly home to do some hair and make up for a wedding. Yes, crammed all my talents into one day. Feeling blessed.

Sid in the car giving me thumbs up for the great breakfast.

sid i bilenThe nomadic tent is a 50 meter square beautiful creation straight from Sahara. We can create the most amazing parties in it. First shot is from a wedding last Saturday and next one is from todays graduation party.

 

 

THE TRUE MOROCCAN INTERIOR

Morocco is known all over the world for its magnificent luxury, palace like interiors. Places with artful  homes and hotels with superb comfort and every lush detail you can possibly imagine. 1001 nights, Casablanca, Yves saint Laurent are some of the things we associate with Morocco.

But somehow the truth very often looks different. As in all of Africa most people live a very simple life.

I love hanging out with the people that we work with. I love getting to know their wives and their families. I love sitting eating a home cooked tajine on a simple cushion. 10 family members on the floor round a huge plate of couscous. But never even have I come across a moroccan that has a home like any of what we see in these amazing pictures in the guidebook. Even the people with a little bit more money.

My theory about the moroccan world famous style is that it is a adaptation from Spain and Provence. The moroccans don’t even like the style we see as moroccan.

Welcome to see what the reality looks like for many Moroccans. One or two rooms, small spaces, a few carpets and cushions on the floor, One cabinet of things for the whole family. No  mather how poor always a TV though or two or three. And wonderful Moroccan ceramic…. no. check out food picture, this guy works in one of our best ceramic factories and can afford it all but eats on made in china plastic. And in the ceiling there is often just one light bulb hanging down in the cord so no moroccan artisana fairy tale lamps.

Love this though. Love my life here. from luxury hotels to simple life. And keep supporting us. We always try to inspire our workers to make their dream homes, enough comfort, safe and healthy and most of all owning their own for financial freedom.

 

TREASURE HUNT IN MARRAKECH SOUK

Today I went treasure hunting with my friend from Mali. Had a great time looking through private antique stocks to find rare pieces.

Found this old mask of wood decorated with brass. And these lovely wooden boards hand painted with Islamic art.

nomadic finds interior goodies

 

I Also bought some vases from our great nomad families. Perfectly un-perfect shapes and the colours… well This is just so amazing.

nomadic goodies

Ended the day on a roof terrasse and a great sun set. You can just about see the montains in the back.  Thank god for these brilliant roof tops after a day in the souk. .

marrakech skyline

 

 

 

 

 

TRAVEL WITH NOMADIC

New awesome trips coming up with NOMADIC ESSENTIALS and Annakarin Sjöberg. Ever wondered when your time will come to experience the real authentic Morocco, do yoga in the desert and do some shopping with Annakarin as a guide.

6-13 october 2016, Creative co working space and TED X talks in Marrakech. Come along if you want to meet inspiring people living their dream life. Yoga on the terrasse, healthy juices and get a change to progress in your project.

29 dec 2016-2 jan 2017, New year desert retreat. Together with people from all over the world and Nomads from the desert this unique opportunity to celebrate life and the new year is coming along.

April 2017, 5 days yoga retreat in Marrakech. Kundaliniyoga mixed with city exploring and real Moroccan behind the scenes visits.

November 2017. Our famous desert yoga retreat with Kundalini yoga, lead by our favorite teachers Annki Warberg Landahl And Klas Landahl. 10 days of inward and outward adventure.

 

 

More informations on the trips coming up soon. Contact: annakarin@nomadicessentials.com