Tuesday, 22 June 2010

New Bag collection

Here are some of the bags from our new collection.

My inspiration was Royal Mansour Hotel in Marrakech. I've tried matching the bag items with the interior desgin of the hotel.

That's where the movie location was for Sex in The City 2.
The Mansour hotel only opened this year. This hotel is all abouttradition and luxury.

When you want exotic luxury, tradition, style, hip, excitement,
come to Marrakech, or just wear our item and get the feeling of Marrakech...

The marchbag above fits nicely to these interior decors!


Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Kaftan New Collection from Maison Marrakech!

I am in the proccess of finalising our new collection 2010. For the one's who is not familiar with our shop 'Maison Marrakech', it is a shop which specialises in Handmade moroccan interior design, clothings & accesories. Most of the selling items are designed by myself.
My inspirations are all from my favorite city, Marrakech.
Here are some of the samples of my new collection 'Kaftan Series'.

This is a sample, and the actual sale only starts after mid-July 2010.
If you are interested in any of my products, please visit:


Monday, 7 June 2010

Exotic Doors

It's a monday, and I am feeling abit impatient...
My 'Maison Marrakech' e-shop will be opening soon, but I still have bits and pieces
where I just can't start the business yet...Sometimes it's just hard to wait and to prepare yourself before the launch.

I guess it is like that with anything...Roma was not built in a day...

Once my shop opens in July, I will be looking forward to advertising myself more..until then,
I will be the little bird waiting for that sunrise in patience.

Whilst waiting, I was just thinking of the wonderful Moroccan Doors.
They are so simple, yet exotic and rich, I can't stop being mesmerized by them.

This is a typical Moroccan design, which you find in walls, doors, furniture patterns.

more lovely doors...

Who would think that behind theses closed doors, are the modern interiors of Morocco?

...and an inner courtyard is essential in these Moroccan Homes...


Friday, 4 June 2010

Friday Couscous

Every Friday is prayer's day and couscous day in Morocco. After the friday long praying, all the families get together to eat their homemade CousCous and Vegetable (w/Meat) Tagine.

The ladies in Marrakech in most households would be cooking in the morning to serve at lunchtime.
CousCous is so tasty, yet very digestable and light.

My partner and I go to my friend's house for a real homemade lovely couscous dish. It's made by his mother who is now turning over 80years old, and who really knows how to cook the traditional way.

Moroccan Friday Couscous dish is a social event, and is eaten normally in a very large dish and is shared.
What is unique about the way they eat are:

(1) use your right hand

(2) be careful just to eat what is in front of you.

Moroccans have very delicate hands and are able to eat without forks or knives, elegantly. They just use their right hand to form a ball of couscous, whilst adding the meat and vegetable chunks too.

I always enjoy watching my partner eat with his hands. It's fascinating for a girl like me, who came from a country using chopsticks!

And because all the guests sitting at the table would share from the same dish, you will need to eat and dig with your hand, what is in front of you. There is a territory of where you can eat, and if you cross the borderline...you will be in trouble

Here is a nice CousCous with Beef & Vegetable receipe, I've found. As my partner and friends love couscouse, I'd like to make the effort to cook a nice friday couscous, for the next occassion..

Couscous with Beef & Vegetables
Serves 4-6
Cooking Time: 30 minutes preparation total, about 2 hours


•1 pound of beef
•2 onions
•3 tomatoes
•A variety of vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, turnip, zucchini
•1 green chili pepper, optional
•1 bunch parsley
•1 dash saffron or yellow colorant
•Salt & pepper
•1 pound non-instant couscous
Clean and cut beef into bite-sized pieces. Slice onion in thin strips and roughly chop tomato. Saute onion, beef, saffron/yellow colorant, salt and pepper for about 15 minutes. Cover half way with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add more water to cover everything and let boil for half an hour.

Clean and cut vegetables in large chunks. Add vegetables to pot and cover with water as needed.

Put couscous in a shallow plate or the bottom of a large tagine. Add 1 cup of water and pick up handfuls of the couscous and rub between the palms of your hands to incorporate water. Do this until all the grains are moistened by the water. Using the steamer part of the pot, put the couscous in the steamer and sift through the holes back into the dish breaking up any chunks of couscous left over. Add the couscous to the steamer and place over the pot.

Clean a small bunch of parsley and tie with cooking string. Add to pot with whole uncut chili pepper (if using). You can do this just before you add the steamer full of couscous to the pot.

Let the pot continue to boil for about 20 minutes allowing the steam to rise through the couscous. Remove the steamer pot and transfer the couscous to the shallow dish you used to roll it the first time. You can allow it to cool for a few minutes since you’ll be handling it with your hands again. Roll the couscous adding an additional 1/2 cup of water. Add back to steamer and place on top of pot for another 20 minutes. Repeat this step one more time which will be the third steaming. When handling the couscous during the preparation, try to use a light hand so that the couscous does not get compacted during any of the steps.

To serve, place the couscous on the plate and add a little of the juice from the stew over it. Arrange the meat in the middle of the plate on top of the couscous and arrange the vegetables on top and around the meat. Pour more of the juices from the pot over the dish.

My favorite place to hang out on a friday night, after a nice couscous...Le Comptoire


Thursday, 3 June 2010

Maison Marrakech Celebration

Mesdames et Messieurs,
This will be my first ever blog...
Alot of events are happening in my life. The first being that I am in my final stage to open up my web-boutique 'Maison Marrakech', which will be opening in July 2010.
I would love to share my passion about Morocco, and its culture/art/lifestyle etc with all of you.
I will be updating new items from my designs or from the medina...

Today, my inspiration goes to the La Mamounia Hotel, Marrakech

La Mamounia is situated not far from the centre medina, Djamma el Fna. It's gone through a long 3 year renovation, but was originally built in 1923. There were so many artists/celebraties who were mesmerized by its charm. Winston Churchill loved this place. In fact he lived here..

Moroccan designs are so romantic, it's suitable for a honeymoon setting, just an exotic evening. The lanterns makes the atmosphere almost unreal of this world. I would love to live here...

Such an elegant indoor pool. Tiles are all moroccan traditional designs...

Wonderful details, so elegant and yet exotic...

...Not to mention their care and service is top class. Have you ever seen the moroccan tea served? They are really entertaining.


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