Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Whether you're shopping for mom, grandma, your mother-in-law, or even a friend, we have dozens of great gift ideas for you here at Casablanca Market. From handmade Moroccan jewelry to woven market baskets, it's all here. Happy Shopping! 

Berber Necklace


All of our jewelry is handmade in Southern Morocco. A combination of semi-precious stones along with matte silver additions and finished in a unique stylish accent. 22 inches long. More>> 
 

Wine Glasses


Perfect for a romantic night in, these simple but beautiful wine glasses are made from hand-blown, recycled glass in Morocco. Far Wine glasses are also great for water, tea, coffee, juice, or as an impromptu candle holder.  More>>
 

Pom Pom Pillows & Blankets 


Snuggling up in one of our hand-sewn Moroccan blankets for Valentines Day is just what your mom needs this holiday season. We’ve also got a great selection of Moroccan pillows to choose from as well. More>>
  

Hand Woven Market Baskets


Perfect to use for shopping trips, picnics, going to the beach, a night out, storing grocery items or using as a holiday gift basket, our market baskets are all one-of-a-kind and hand woven with palm leaves. Our favorite basket right now is our Market Basket with Brown Straps (pictured here). Our market baskets are timeless, sturdy, reusable, 100% biodegradable and hand-woven by women artisans in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  More>>

 

Berber Serving Tagine


Moroccans use serving tagines to present their finished dishes on tables. This Berber Serving tagine is thick and substantial, allowing the food to stay warm throughout your meal. It is glazed on the outside of the lid and bottom. This tagine is made by hand in Morocco. More>>
 

One-of-a-Kind Moroccan Ingredients


A great gift for the mom looking to cook up some new flavors, head over to our Moroccan Food section in our marketplace. Adding our olivespreserved lemons or argan oil to your recipe is sure to spice things up in more ways than one! Looking for a recipe to try out? Our recent "How To Roast the Perfect Pepper" blog will show one example of how to incorporate our ingredients into the recipes you love. More>>
 
 

Moroccan Vintage Tea Set



Your mom can charm her tabletops with our Moroccan Tea Time Collection. All of our tea glasses like these Morjana Palais Mix (left) are hand-painted and made exclusively with recycled glass--beautiful gifts with a beautiful story. Pair these glasses with our Silver Teapot for a perfect gift for the tea-loving-mama in your life. More>>
 

AND IF YOU CAN'T DECIDE TODAY, WHY NOT GIVE YOUR LOVED ONE A CASABLANCA MARKET GIFT CARD? 

 

Why buy from Casablanca Market?

Products from Casablanca Market are all beautiful, yet practical. Although they are handmade, they are by no means inferior in quality to others. Every product is made using traditional methods, but adapted to suit the modern market.


For example, our woven pillows, which are traditionally made with wool in Morocco, are made with cotton to be more gentle against the skin. Color schemes also range from vibrant, traditional palettes to more muted, neutral colors to compliment any style of home.


Most importantly, every product has a story behind it. By keeping our production in Morocco, our hardworking artisans are able to simultaneously preserve their Moroccan artistic heritage and earn a living from their world-class skills.


For more about our mission, please visit www.casablancamarket.com/pages/about-us

April 22, 2017 by Ally Labriola

How To Make Moroccan Mint Tea

 

Founder Katia here today to teach you how to make authentic Moroccan Mint Tea & Orange Blossom.

Ingredients:

Yield: 4 servings

3 earl gray tea bags or 3 tsp. loose-leaf gunpowder green tea

2 Tbsp. of organic sugar plus more if needed.

1 cup of firmly packed fresh mint sprigs

4 cups boiling water

3 Tbsp. Orange blossom water

Yield: 4 servings

 

Method

  1. In a tea pot place tea bags or your loose-leaf gunpowder green tea
  2. Pour ½ cup of the boiling water over the tea and let the teapot sit undisturbed for 15 seconds.  
  3. After 15 seconds, swirl it for 5 seconds.
  4. Pour out all the water, using strainer if needed to insure that none of the tea leaves escapes.  
  5. Pour another ½ cup of the boiling water and repeat step 2-4 (no need to do this if you are using tea bags) 
  6. Gently crush the fresh mint sprigs and place in teapot
  7. Add sugar, 3 cups of boiling water, stir, and cover and let it steep for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add 3Tbsp. of orange blossom water.
  9. Pour a glass of tea and return it to the teapot to dissolve the sugar and blend the flavors.
  10. Stir slightly and adjust for sweetness.
  11. Pour into Moroccan tea glasses, garnish with mint sprigs and serve.
  12. Stir slightly and adjust for sweetness

 

Check out our latest unboxing video below and shop our TeaTime Collection today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 22, 2017 by Ally Labriola

Meet The Women Behind Our Moroccan Rugs

Every one of our Moroccan rugs are made by hand by our wonderful women artisans of Morocco. In fact, the art of carpet weaving is mainly female and influenced by the legends of the Berber tribes.

 

Our artisans mainly hail from the Atlas Mountains where they use the wool of a special breed of sheep that roams the rugged landscape.

No matter what rug you purchase, you can be sure it will be one of a kind. Every symbol, motif and pattern in a Moroccan rug means something special to the weaver – perhaps a wish for fertility, the celebration of a marriage or birth, or an ode to the landscape of a particular region.

 

 

Have you entered our first ever MOROCCAN RUG GIVEAWAY yet?

Enter to win one of our handmade Vintage Boucherouite Rugs simply by telling us which rug in our collection is your favorite. Share with a friend and receive an additional chance to win for each friend you refer!

 

Already entered? 
Browse some of our favorite vintage Beni Ourains below

March 18, 2017 by Ally Labriola

How To Shop Moroccan Rugs

You don't have to travel all the way to Morocco to buy a rug that's authentic and unique. By shopping at Casablanca Market you can own the rug of your dreams while supporting the local artisans who crafted it. 

***Friendly Reminder: Enter by March 24, 2017 for a chance to win a handmade Moroccan rug today- Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter!**

ABOUT MOROCCAN RUGS

Moroccan rugs date back centuries. These rugs, once used for protection against cold weather, are hand woven in several regions of Morocco. Many of our rug artisans hail from the Atlas Mountains where they use the wool of a special breed of sheep that roams the rugged landscape.

The art of carpet weaving is mainly female and influenced by the legends of the Berber tribes. Traditionally, carpets were made solely for personal use. This means that every symbol, motif and pattern means something special to the weaver – perhaps a wish for fertility, the celebration of a marriage or birth, or an ode to the landscape of a particular region.

THE THREE B'S OF MOROCCAN RUGS

 

Beni Ourain Rugs

Our Beni Ouarain carpets are fabulously thick yet so soft and sumptuous. Chic with its neutrality of color and Berber motifs, Beni Ouarain vintage rugs are ideal for contemporary interiors. The irony about these carpets is that although they might have legions of fans, if you have one, he is really all yours. This is because no two Beni Ourain rugs are alike. Each is made by hand -- no mass production, no factories, no Ikea catalogue. Here are some of our favorites below. 

 

Beni

Boucherouite Rugs

The New York Times said that Boucherouite rugs "seem more suitable for framing than trampling underfoot". With their intricate designs and artisan precision, we tend to agree! Boucherouite, also known as the Moroccan Rag Rug, are one-of-a kind as they interweave vintage recycled fabric rugs. Made by tribal Berber women, these carpets can be placed anywhere in your home to create a fun and practical ambiance. Here's a few of our favorites below.

 

Berber Kilim Rugs

Our kilims combine Berber motifs and designs, adding a splendid touch of texture to your home. We carry a wide selection of traditional but bold and modern kilims. They can be used as tribal rugs, decorative tapestries or sofa covers. They are hand woven by skilled women Moroccan artisans. Explore a few of our eye catching kilims below!

Kilims

 

 

March 05, 2017 by Ally Labriola

RECIPE: Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons & Purple Olives

Greetings from Founder Katia!

Today I'm here to share with you one of my favorite Moroccan recipes: Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons and Purple Olives.

 

Check out our video recipe here and the full details below. Happy Cooking!

 

Ingredients

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp preferably fresh ground coriander ( video shows whole)

1/2 cup water

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/4 cup canola oil

1 fresh squeezed lemon

8 new potatoes

1/2 preserved lemon cut up into small pieces

3 small shallots (small dice)

1 tbsp. parsley

1.5 tsp. preferably fresh ground cumin (video shows whole)

12 Moroccan purple olives

6 parsley stems

 

 For Marinade

In a separate bowl mix the following:

 

1 tsp turmeric

½ tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp coriander

1 fresh squeezed lemon

1/2 preserved lemon

(You add salt to taste later, because lemon tends to be a bit tangy/salty.)

Directions

Cut up a whole chicken in 10-12 pieces.  After, you wash the pieces; let them rest for 10-15 minutes.

Add the chicken to the bowl and let it marinate for an hour or even overnight, then when ready to cook, add the oil and mix again.

Put parsley stems then the onions in the tagine, and then add the chicken.  (Maybe 8 pieces of the chicken, you can save the rest to use the next day or freeze to use later.)   You don't want to stack up the meat in the tagine.

Start with low heat about level 2 for about 20 minutes, and then add the potatoes then bring to medium low, about 3, and let it cook for 1 hour.  Add parsley, 12 olives and cumin on top 5 minutes before done cooking.  

 TIP: If you have a gas stove, perfect, you can put the tagine directly on the fire. If you don’t have a gas stove, you should either use a diffuser on the stovetop, or put in a 350 degree oven.

There you have it! My favorite chicken tagine recipe.  

 

February 15, 2017 by Katia Essyad

His & Hers Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. What better way to share the love than to give a gift that has been made with lots of it!

At Casablanca Market, we're committed to working with local artisans from around the Mediterranean to bring you the best collection of handmade fine home goods and accessories from the region.

For your Valentines Day gift giving consideration, we present to you....

 

FIVE GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM

1) Moroccan Chess & Backgammon Set 

Chess & Backgammon

This exquisite, one of a kind Moroccan hand made backgammon and chess set is perfect for that gamer-guy in your life. Made from cedar, this two-in-one game is sure to make him smile.  More>> 

 

 

 

 

2) Fruit & Cheese Cutting Board with Secret Tool Set


Cutting boardIt doesn't get much cooler (and classier) than our cutting board and secret tool set compartment. This gift is sure to impress party guests and is perfect for the charcuterie-lover in your life.  More>> 

 

 

3) Moroccan Grilling Setup

For the guy who loves to grill, may we suggest he spice it up this year by grilling Moroccan style with our Charcoal Brazier and shish Kebob Skewers? And for next level grillmasters, check out our traditional Moroccan Bellow or Rabooz to keep the fire burning?  More>>  

 

4) Wine Glasses


Perfect for a romantic night in, these simple but beautiful wine glasses are made from hand-blown, recycled glass in Morocco. Far Wine glasses are also great for water, tea, coffee, juice, or as an impromptu candle holder.  More>>

 



 

5) Unglazed Natural Tagine & Moroccan Cooking Ingredients 


For purists, our Unglazed Natural Tagine is the perfect stove top, oven or grill-friendly option to slow-cook up a flavor-filled dish. Also, while you're at it, be sure to check out our Moroccan foods page which includes our famous preserved lemons and olives. Once you've cooked in a tagine, you’ll never go back!  More>>

 

FIVE GIFT IDEAS FOR HER

 

1) Pom Pom Pillows & Blankets

 

Snuggling up in one of our hand-sewn Moroccan blankets for Valentines Day is just what your lady needs this holiday season. We’ve also got a great selection of Moroccan pillows to choose from as well. More>>

  

2) Hand Woven Market Baskets


Perfect to use for shopping trips, picnics, going to the beach, a night out, storing grocery items or using as a holiday gift basket, our market baskets are all one-of-a-kind and hand woven with palm leaves. Our favorite basket right now is our Market Basket with Brown Straps (pictured here). Our market baskets are timeless, sturdy, reusable, 100% biodegradable and hand-woven by women artisans in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  More>>

 

3) Berber Serving Tagine

Moroccans use serving tagines to present their finished dishes on tables. This Berber Serving tagine is thick and substantial, allowing the food to stay warm throughout your meal. It is glazed on the outside of the lid and bottom. This tagine is made by hand in Morocco. More>>

 

 

 

 

4) One-of-a-Kind Moroccan Ingredients


A great gift for those looking to cook up some new flavors, head over to our Moroccan Food section in our marketplace. Adding our olivespreserved lemons or argan oil to your recipe is sure to spice things up in more ways than one! Looking for a recipe to try out? Our recent "How To Roast the Perfect Pepper" blog will show one example of how to incorporate our ingredients into the recipes you love. More>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

5) Moroccan Vintage Tea Set


Charm your tabletops with our Moroccan Tea Time Collection. All of our tea glasses like these Morjana Palais Mix (left) are hand-painted and made exclusively with recycled glass--beautiful gifts with a beautiful story. Pair these glasses with our Silver Teapot for a perfect gift for the tea-lover in your life. More>>

 

AND IF YOU CAN'T DECIDE TODAY, WHY NOT GIVE YOUR LOVED ONE A CASABLANCA MARKET GIFT CARD? 

 > CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW <

 

Why buy from Casablanca Market?

Products from Casablanca Market are all beautiful, yet practical. Although they are handmade, they are by no means inferior in quality to others. Every product is made using traditional methods, but adapted to suit the modern market.


For example, our woven pillows, which are traditionally made with wool in Morocco, are made with cotton to be more gentle against the skin. Color schemes also range from vibrant, traditional palettes to more muted, neutral colors to compliment any style of home.


Most importantly, every product has a story behind it. By keeping our production in Morocco, our hardworking artisans are able to simultaneously preserve their Moroccan artistic heritage and earn a living from their world-class skills.


For more about our mission, please visit www.casablancamarket.com/pages/about-us

January 27, 2017 by Ally Labriola

How to Cure & Season your Tagine or Tangia

 For premium results when cooking in your new Tagine or Tangia (glazed or not glazed), it is highly recommended, if not mandatory, that it is seasoned before initial use. Please follow the simple step-by-step instructions and pictures listed below for maximum quality taste.

  1. Water and Space: The new tagine (both parts) needs to be submerged into water for up to 6 hours. If you cannot submerge it, place it in a clean sink and slowly fill the base with water until it stops absorbing it. Let it stand for full absorption of water into the clay.
  1. Empty excess water and dry the tagine. Let it stand for about 1 hour.

  1. Olive Oil: Rub the inside of the base and lid with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, NOT the outside of the lid or base.

    1. Cold Oven: Place the oiled tagine in a cold oven, set the temperature to 350° and let it bake for 2 hours.

      1. After 2 hours, turn off the oven and leave the tagine to cool down completely in the turned off oven. Following this process will strengthen your tagine. Please re-season if unused for 6 months or more. 

       

      PLEASE NOTE:

      Be careful not to subject your tagine to extreme changes in temperature when in use. They cannot resist thermo shocks and can easily crack. Please refrain from adding cold water on a hot tagine during cooking or right after. Start cooking with low heat until the tagine is warm. Then proceed to medium heat and do not increase the heat too high, keep it on a steady/stable temperature all the way.

      TAGINE CLEANING:

      It is highly recommended that you hand wash your tagine and it is handmade and could be damaged in a dish washer. Leave it to dry flat. Do not leave it submerged in soapy water.

       

      Now you're ready to get cooking! Browse our blog here for Founder Katia's favorite recipes. 

      Disclaimer

      Tagines or Tangia may sometimes look chipped on the sides or the top. As tagines are being fired in traditional kilns, they may stick to each other and then they are hand separated, which leaves the impression of a chip. Please understand that this is a normal occurrence and in no way is a defect. Our tagines are hand-made using basic tools and in somewhat primitive conditions. Small imperfections, such as tight fits and natural color variations are to be expected and valued as part of the non-industrial beauty of the product.

      Please inquire on our Moroccan cookbooks specially made for tagines! Thank You for your business

      Contact us at info@casablancamarket.com

       

       

      BROWSE OUR BEST SELLERS BELOW

      Best Selling Tagines

       

      January 10, 2017 by Katia Essyad
      Peppers

      How To Roast The Perfect Pepper

      Greetings from Founder Katia-- Today I'm here to share with you the secret to roasting the perfect pepper! Tis the season for warm salads, and adding roasted peppers is the ideal way to warm up your home for the holidays.

      Tip #1 Remember, just because it’s easier to run your peppers under cold water after you roast them, please do not :) Take your time and enjoy your cooking and please always Buy Local. Buy Organic.

      Step 1 Wash your peppers first, let them rest on your counter. Then, bring them to the oven and bake at a temperature of  375-400 degrees for 45-minutes, flipping sides every 20 minutes.

      Step 2 After your peppers are thoroughly charred, remove them from the oven and let your beauties cool. How long will they take to cool? It might take a half an hour, maybe more, but it’s worth it. Do not be tempted to run your peppers under cold water to cool them. You will wash away the delicious flavors!

      Step 3 Once cooled, remove the head, the seeds and the skin. Add olive oil, paprika, cumin, salt to taste, a hint of white vinegar, parsley, & you’re done.

      Tips & Tricks: For anther recipe you can add only these three ingredients: argan oil, cumin and salt to taste. Also, this goes great with french bread! Warm it up in the oven and serve (for crunchy deliciousness, wet your hands, pat the french bread & place in the oven). Once cooked and seasoned, the peppers can last up to a week in a fridge.

      Ready to get cooking? Browse out our Moroccan Foods page for more!

      All The Love,

      Katia

       

       

      Handmade For Home

      This recipe is just a foundation. Please put yourself into the recipe wherever you sit fit. For example, our founder Katia loves butter and sugar...so she’s known for adding a bit more in than the recipe calls for :) Double the raisins! Cut the butter! This is your recipe, we're just here to get you started. 

       

      Copyright 2016, Chef Casablanca, All Rights Reserved

      January 04, 2017 by Ally Labriola

      VIDEO: Unglazed Tagine & Moroccan Harissa

      We love this unboxing video of our Unglazed Tagine & Harissa from one of our happy customers and we think you will too! 


      Stay tuned next week for our next video: How To Cure and Season Your New Tagine

       

      Unglazed Natural Tagine

      $62.00 / LINK 

         

      This is what we call a true natural tagine. It is so beautiful, fragile yet very strong you can use it on the stove top at a low heat, in the oven (up to 350F) as well as on any grill. This tagine needs to be seasoned before first use. This process ensures long life and strength and adds a typical earthy tagine flavor to your cooking. The tagine is handmade; hand shaped into its form; therefore, the uneven and asymmetrical shape which is typical. 

      Moroccan Harissa

      $10.00 / LINK 

      Our Moroccan Harissa is not your typical harissa sauce.  It has a delicious intensity that will bring flavor of mild foods such as rice, couscous, pastas, hummus or quinoa. Our harissa will add flavor to everything from tagines, sauces to vegetables, pastas, sandwiches, eggs and meats, poultry and seafood. Ingredients:  Moroccan red chili peppers, lemons and salt.

       

       

      December 14, 2016 by Ally Labriola
      RECIPE: Moroccan Cranberry Sauce with Orange Blossom

      RECIPE: Moroccan Cranberry Sauce with Orange Blossom

      Our founder, Katia, has been cooking up some sweet and savory treats here at Casablanca Market for the holidays. This week we caught up with Katia to get her recipe for Moroccan Style Cranberry Sauce with Orange Blossom.

      Katia Essyad is native of Morocco and a lover of all things delicious. Her cooking has been directly inspired by her mother and the women she was brought up with--many of whom are Casablanca Market's artisans to this day. A self-taught chef with a passion for creating fabulous dishes, Katia loves using spices imported from Morocco and organic produce from local farmers. For this cranberry sauce recipe, she called for Moroccan Orange Blossom Water

       

      Prep Time: 5 minutes
      Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
      Serves: 5 

       
      Ingredients: 

      1 (12 oz) bag of cranberries
      1-cup water,
      ½ cup of Satsuma
      ½ squeezed lemon
      1 stick cinnamon
      4 cardamom seeds
      1 TBS of orange blossom water

       

      Step by step directions:

      • In a medium saucepan, combine all but orange blossom water.

       

      • Bring to a boil and let simmer for 15-20 minutes (depending on desired thickness).

       

      • The water will evaporate and the pectin in the cranberries will be activated as it cooks. Remove from heat.
      • Let it cool off and refrigerate.

       

      Serving Information:

      • Sauce can be made up to 1 week in advance and kept refrigerated.
      • Add and stir in orange blossom water before your serve.


      *Our orange blossom water can be found on our Moroccan Food page here. For serving dishes like the one you see above, visit our Serving Dishes page here

        

       Handmade For Home

       

      This recipe is just a foundation. Please put yourself into the recipe wherever you sit fit. For example, our founder Katia loves butter and sugar...so she’s known for adding a bit more in than the recipe calls for :) Double the raisins! Cut the butter! This is your recipe, we're just here to get you started. 

       

      Copyright 2016, Chef Casablanca, All Rights Reserved

      December 12, 2016 by Ally Labriola