If you’re hungry, this is not the post for you.
Breakfast is easily my favorite meal of the day. I would happily describe myself as a morning person–sometimes excessively so, as I’m sure my roommates and travel partners can confirm–and I love nothing more than to start a day with a relaxed hour or two spent enjoying a good meal and waking up to the day.
I always find it interesting to see what different cultures eat for breakfast, so I thought I’d highlight some of my favorite breakfasts from Morocco. They didn’t vary much, but there were a few standouts.
Breakfast in Morocco is typically taken at the riad or homestay where you are staying. It’s possible to pick up a coffee or Western breakfast in some places, but more often than not my mornings would begin when I rolled out of bed and wandered into breakfast on the rooftop or in the garden.
The meal itself is light on protein and heavy on carbs – the opposite of what I usually seek out at this time of day, but breakfast is breakfast. Instead of bacon and sausage, most hosts offer an assortment of breads and jams, yogurt, and a hard-boiled egg or two.
We had khobz (or khubz), the Moroccan pita-esque flatbread (usually served in a bowl to the side, and meant to be dipped with the jams and oils), just about every day! Harcha (or harsha) was another favorite, which is a pan-fried bread made from semolina — you can see it pictured on the small white bread plates in the French-inspired breakfast above.
Tea is always included, though you can usually get coffee as well if you ask for it. I loved starting my day with the sweet mint Moroccan tea!
I can’t wait to recreate this light and easy meal when I get home, though I’ll probably add in a bit more protein to keep myself full. If you’re looking to add a bit of Morocco into your next morning, this recipe for mint tea might just do the trick!