Café du Livre is a bookstore/restaurant that specializes in international food and is often visited by ex-pats and book lovers. Located outside of the medina in the French colonial area of Marrakech, it is hidden away around a corner and is a quiet place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the streets. Here you can eat a meal, peruse their bookshelves, and take advantage of their wifi.
Café du Livre
water and bread
I had a Brasserie Lipp salad – arugula (rocket), lettuce, beets, walnuts and hardboiled eggs, with an olive oil dressing and garlic bread.
Brasserie Lipp salad
I can’t remember precisely but I think this was a club sandwich.
sandwich and fries
Shared appetizers with crusty bread – hummus, baba ganoush, and I think the last was a tapenade.
Café du Livre
44, rue Tarik Ibn Ziad
This is an easy and tasty recipe for entertaining and potlucks. The sweetness of the dish makes it a great finger food dessert, or a sweet appetizer. Key to this recipe is the use of Medjool dates, which are plump and meaty. I experimented with mixing the cinnamon into the mascarpone, but the cinnamon flavour wouldn’t come through unless I placed it on top of each date.
Mascarpone stuffed dates
Mascarpone Stuffed Dates
pecans or walnuts
With a sharp knife, make a small slit lengthwise across the top of each Medjool date. Do not cut all the way through the date! Carefully pull out the seed.
Take a small spoon (or use a filled piping bag) and place a small dollop of mascarpone inside the opening of each date.
Push a nut into the mascarpone. I used pecans but you can easily use walnuts. Dust a sprinkle of cinnamon over each filled date.