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.

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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.

 

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

 

BLISSFULL AWAKENING

Woke up at six this morning. Did a wonderful strong yoga session. Ahh feeling blissful. Listened to a wonderful seminar on heart communications by Christian Pankhurst If you want to improve your relationships check him out. Seminars are a great way to set your mental state for the day. 10-15 minutes for boosting your mind and energy field.

Sid woke up in his own time and we have a joyful morning dance on the kitchen carpet. laughing so hard, imagining dinosaurs on the loft and we were escaping dancers. How is that for getting creativity going 🙂

Now breakfast and cartoons on the big cushions.

No time to catch, no time to waste no doing just joyful living. Modern day NOMAD.