Argan oil is one of our pride and joys
It is that extraordinary oil that is obtained only in one spot in the world: Morocco. And not just anywhere in Morocco, but only on the argan trees. Learn all about the somewhat scatological trivia its cultivation is connected with: Expensive, and spectacular!
Amlou is the great treat of my childhood:
It is the super luxurious and super nutritious precursor of peanut butter and jelly, Moroccan-style, a staple in every Moroccan home.
Picture this: Argan oil (spectacular, I said that, didn’t I?), roasted almonds and honey! I have no doubt this magnificent spread played a central role in our good health!
Argan oil has wondrous properties:
Apparently its magic is not just culinary but cosmetic too! Just at all the information about argan oil on this wonderful site http://www.balancemebeautiful.com/benefits-from-using-argan-oil/
Treat yourself to a bottle, and use it with discretion on your dishes: You are in for ecstasy! But when it comes to using it for cosmetic purposes (as distinct from the culinary argan oil: cosmetic argan oil has no odor and no flavor), I can never be without it: Nothing comes close in skin care and hair care. I buy it pure, and apply it pure. A pint of it lasts me a whole year, at about 30 dollars. I actually find that quite cost effective. It gives me a thrill to see argan oil represented in so many beauty salons: Way to go, girls!
Yes argan oil is very expensive, all the way up there with truffle oil.
But the good news is, a little goes a long way. It is so extraordinarily delicious and intense that a little drizzle on your omelet, your couscous, or your salad greens will take your dish to a whole other level. I love to drizzle it on roasted peppers or roasted vegetables. Try it on roasted beets and goat cheese, with a sprinkle of chopped roasted almonds! Still I am realistic and recommending olive oil as a very close second: This way, you’ll be sure to make Amlou more often, and it will still be fabulous and super nutritious! Talk about healthy— Amlou is a nutritional powerhouse, and a snap to make.
- 2 cups toasted whole unpeeled almonds (about 15 minutes in a preheated 325°F oven)
- 2∕3 cup argan oil (settle for a full-bodied olive oil)
- 2∕3 cup dark honey
- ½ teaspoon salt
Process all ingredients until smooth. If the spread looks too thick to spread, add a little oil. Makes about 2 cups. Store the Amlou refrigerated in a glass jar.