50% off our complete range!

50% off our complete range

For only 24 hours starting at 31 December 00.01am AEST

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I believe the way we leave the old year and enter the new year is how the year will be marked. To start the new year I clean the house, put on crisp sheets, burn incense and have my Moroccan Hammam at home ritual before the clock strikes midnight. You can download my free booklet on how to recreate your very own hammam at home here.

As we come to the end of the year, I want to thank you for your continuous support.

From 31 December at 00.01 to 23.59, before the clock strikes at midnight, I am offering you the most amazing deal of the year – 50% off on all our products on our website!*

100% Pure Moroccan Argan Oil
$39.90 SALE PRICE  $19.95


Moroccan Body Moisturiser with Argan Oil
$29.90 SALE PRICE $14.95

Moroccan Rose Water Toning Mist
$19.90 SALE PRICE $9.95

Moroccan Savon Noir
$29.90 SALE PRICE $14.95

Moroccan Rhassoul Clay
$34.90 SALE PRICE $17.45

Moroccan Exfoliating Glove
$19.90 SALE PRICE $9.95

As most of you are on holidays and are not near a computer or phone all the time, we are happy to take pre-orders, Email us with your order list. Orders over $60 receive free Express Postage (Australia only).

I wish you a happy, joyful and healthy 2014!

Jamila El Maroudi
Director
Mira’s Hand 

*this offer excludes Mira’s Hand Hammam at home set

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We are popping up!

We have moved into a pop up shop! Visit our store at 74 Johnston Street, Collingwood, Victoria. Come and check out some fantastic Xmas deals from us at Mira’s Hand, our friends at La Gaia and Spa Fresh Blends. 

Open 9.30am – 6.30pm daily. Last day of trading is Friday 20 December. 

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We will finish the year with an end of year party at the shop from 4pm onwards on Friday 20 December.

Email me to score an invite to come dance and eat and drink and be merry and all that jazz! 

Jamila 

 

 

making Moorish memories

One of my fondest food memories is eating Tunisian spaghetti at my uncle’s house in Noyon, a little town in France.

I was ten years old. My uncle’s nice Tunisian neighbor had made us children a big plate of spaghetti to share. We all dove in headfirst, the chickpeas in the spaghetti sauce where fresh and crunchy. The meatballs, oh my meatballs were larger than life and juicy and spicy and had a succulent smoky aroma, the tomato sauce was made from sun ripened fresh tomatoes, and the spaghetti was perfectly cooked. To this day the memory of that spaghetti makes me salivate.

We are so very proud to announce the launch of our new company Mira’s Table. Come taste our amlous (traditional Moroccan spreads) and premium virgin culinary argan oil at Lunch, Australia’s first industry event dedicated to the food-to-go market! If you are in the food biz register here for free.

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Tell me about your favourite food memory? I’d love to hear, email your story to win our complete new Moroccan gourmet range.

The truth about Argan Oil

‘Oh Moroccan Argan Oil, I put it in my hair, I didn’t know you could put it on your skin……’?

Moroccan Argan oil has become incredibly popular over the last few years as a hair care product and has been hailed as ‘the secret of Moroccan women’.

This statement always makes me slightly squirm. Last time I checked with my mother and the women in my family, we weren’t keeping a bottle of argan oil as a secret from the rest of the world in a box with our incense and jewels.

Many Moroccans say when asked about the oil ‘Oh Argan Oil, I dip my freshly baked warm bread in it, make Amlou or use it for cooking and salads’. You see the difference between cosmetic argan oil and culinary argan oil is that one comes from the unroasted argan kernel and the culinary oil comes from the roasted argan kernel. Pure cosmetic Argan Oil is incredible for SKIN, HAIR and NAILS.

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Fresh baked Moroccan bread

So how do you know if you are buying the real stuff?

1. Packaging
Clear or even worse plastic packaging is a gianormous no no!! This should be a very big red light alert! Any self respecting producer of Argan Oil knows the worth of this oil and would never ever put their precious oil in clear or worse plastic packaging. Clear packaging makes the oil detoriate. The light breaks down the great properties of the oil. So make sure your argan oil comes in a dark glass bottle.

2.Read
Read your ingredient listing. ‘Pure Argan Serum’, ‘Moroccan Argan Oil’, ‘Moroccan Berber Oil’ are a few terms that are being used by hair care brands to make you think what you are buying is pure. It’s very simple. If argan oil is the fourth, fifth or sixth ingredient on the list, it means you are not getting the full benefits of the oil. You might as well go and crack open that very expensive bottle of champagne, dilute it with 20 liter of luke warm tap water and say you are drinking champagne. Catch my drift?

3. Smell
Pure Argan Oil does not contain any added perfumes or scents. Cosmetic argan Oil has this beautiful slight nutty scent that dissolves after a couple of seconds after application. If your oil smells really strong, it might mean that the oil has gone rancid.

4.Pricing
I got a bargain and paid ten bucks for this Oil. That is not going to happen I am afraid. Argan oil is a labour intensive oil, it takes a long time to produce one liter of this precious oil. On the bright side, you only need a small amount for your skin, nails and hair. A bottle will last you anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

5. Quality
Like olive oil, there are differences in quality in Argan Oil. Unfortunately the industry has gone absolutely rampant and there is more demand in Argan oil. Some producers don’t wait until the nuts have ripened and try to harvest the nuts before they are ready, which produces bad quality argan oil. (I will talk more about the industry in a future blog post).

6.Sediment
Check your argan oil, if it is even and clear it might be too refined. Good quality cosmetic Argan Oil has some sediment or cloud. The less the oil has been put through strainers or deodorised the better.

7. Feel, look and touch
Pure Argan Oil has a beautiful light texture, it is not slimey and is absorbed by your skin immediately and has a light golden colour.

8. Age
The freshest argan oil is the best oil. Look for oils that are recently pressed, not ones that are gathering dust on the shelves of shops. Mira’s Hand argan oil is flown out every three months and pressed in small batches especially for us.

Read my follow up blog post here.

At Mira’s Hand we offer the highest quality available of pure Organic Moroccan Argan Oil.

Come cook, shop, yoga and hammam with me in Morocco!

Discover the real Morocco on this exclusive, women-only 15 day tour where I will lead a small group (12 participants max) through my home country in September 2013.

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Enjoy a variety of personally selected spas and hammams, shopping destinations, authentic Moroccan cooking lessons, yoga and dancing classes.

Spend a memorable afternoon at a women’s Argan co-operative where you’ll experience a celebration that includes, music, dancing and eating fresh, homemade Moroccan food. A portion of each tour cost goes towards the healthcare insurance for these women and their families, a small, but potentially life changing contribution.

Join me on this exclusive tour and be immersed in the authentic & revitalising spirit of Morocco.

Hurry as this tour will sell out!

For more information contact Rosie Richardson at Jetset Travel Central Melbourne, phone 03 9642 5138 or email rosie.centralmelbourne@jetset.com.au

Mira’s Travel Moroccan Wellness Tour is organised by


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Moroccan meatballs and eggs in a tomato sauce

This dish is so very easy to cook, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. No cutlery required or plates. Eat with your hands and use your bread as a spoon. It will taste much better that way.

Feeds two people

Ingredients:
1 tomato
1 table spoon of tomato paste
2 to 3 cloves of garlic
200 gram of ground meat
half cup of bread crumbs
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon paprika powder
1 teaspoon of turmeric
3 teaspoons of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
½ cup of coriander
4 eggs
1 onion
Crusty bread

You don’t need to rush out to buy a tagine if you don’t have one. You can cook this dish in a pan with a lid (although it does tastes better cooked in a tagine).

Cut the onion finely and fry over a low heat in the tagine with the lid off for a couple of minutes until the onion softens. Cut the tomato in small pieces and add to the onions and place the lid on top.

In the meantime cut the garlic and coriander again very fine. Mix the breadcrumbs with the ground meat, the paprika, turmeric, olive oil and salt and pepper, garlic and coriander. Make little meatballs and place them carefully in the tagine. leave to cook for 10 minutes over a medium heat.

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Carefully break 4 eggs over the meatball, don’t stir and place lid on top of tagine.

Leave to cook for another 10 minutes.

Serve with warm crusty bread.

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Besaha!

Moroccan Sardines with culinary argan oil

These sardines remind me of summers by the sea in my hometown Rabat.

My sisters and brothers would come running famished out of the Atlantic Ocean and would be handed these sardines stuffed into fresh crusty baguettes with fries and tomato sauce or relish by my mother.  We’d scoff them down in two minutes.

Ingredients
16 fresh sardine fillets
1 tbs coriander, chopped
1 small hot red chilli, chopped
½ tbs ground cumin
1 tbs ginger powder
½ tsp saffron threads
1 tbs sweet paprika
Juice of ½ lemon
2 garlic cloves, chopped
salt to taste
black pepper to taste
plain flour for coating
2 tbs argan oil

Clean the sardines and butterfly them.

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Blend the coriander, garlic, chilli, spices and lemon juice in a blender. Season to taste the paste with salt and pepper.

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Spread 1 ½ teaspoon of the paste onto 1 sardine and join with another, almost like you are making a sandwich.

Dust the sardines very lightly in flour and fry in oilive oil for about two minutes on each side.

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You can serve the sardines with relish, chermoula  or as I did with a quinoa salad.

Enjoy!

Jamila xx