Kefta that takes me back to Morocco

Somewhere where the Middle Atlas meets the Sahara in Morocco, I discovered kefta, a lamb meatball. The restaurant was a porch across from the bus station. The sheep heads for the recent cull were hanging from wall. Each had several trails of clotted blood streaming from them. The kefta was served in a large bowl. There must have been 50. I had hired a driver and we split the meal. It was authentic Morocco. I loved it.

I finally found a recipe that takes me back to that dusty roadside at the start of Berber country. This is excellent with ground lamb, beef or pork. My take is more of a burger than a meatball. Have some fun with this:

Moroccan “Kefta” Lamb Burgers

1.5-2 lbs ground lamb
1/2 onion, finely chopped or grated
1 tablespoon cumin seed
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon thyme
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons paprika
sea salt and black pepper to taste

Chop or grate onion. Mix cumin, coriander, cinnamon and paprika with mortar and pestle. In a large bowl, add onion, spices and oregano and thyme. Add ground lamb. mix thoroughly with hands for an even consistency. Shape into tennis ball sized balls and place on cooking tray. Flatten balls with spatula. Cook burgers. Enjoy.

I prefer to grill these over charcoal and garnish with roasted peppers and goat cheese. Any way or size, they are delicious.

This recipe was inspired from a recommended and very well done Moroccan cookbook by Ghillie Basan (link below). If you have a tagine or what to get one, it is worth checking out.

Pathfinder Avenger Xlite: How I rollerboard…

Pathfinder Avenger

Recently, a friend asked me for advice on luggage. I travel. It has slowed lately, but I was “up in the air” for about a 10 year stretch. 2 million AAdvantage miles later, I tend for be a know-it-all when it comes to navigating airports, hotels, rental cars and all the accessories of business travel. My wife, who does not read my blog and hates to travel with me, brought the absolute best rollerboard into my life. I told my friend to look no further than the Pathfinder Avenger Xlite 22″. It is a great bag.

The Pathfinder Avenger Xlite 22″ advantages:

  1. Small enough to fit in the overhead and clear the most strict baggage checker.
  2. Expands if you need more than 3-4 days of clothing.
  3. Rumored to be the standard issue bag of Alaska Airlines.
  4. Suiter!

Size of carry-ons is becoming more important. Airlines seem to actually be following the FAA guidelines on full flights. The expansion is great to stuff it full when you need to check it. Being based in Seattle, I have taken a few Alaska Airlines flights. I always get a knowing nod from the crew on the plane or in the terminal. Suiter is key. Appearance takes on more importance in face-to-face meetings. This suiter keeps clothes ready to wear. Great bag. When you are in the market, check out the Pathfinder Avenger Xlite.

Pathfinder Avenger Xlite 22″ Expandable Trolley with Suiter Carry-on Black