The first week here during orientation the director had us all over for a traditional couscous dinner. In Morocco couscous is traditionally served every Friday and during special occasions. It takes about three hours to make, and it is made in a special couscous pot. I also found out that when a Moroccan says couscous they are talking about a whole meal, not just the couscous portion. You will see from the picture below that it contains vegetables and meat. We also learned that the traditional way to eat couscous is with your hands. However, many families generally eat couscous with a spoon now. When couscous is served or when any dish is served it is served on a large communal platter and placed the middle of the table for all to eat out of.
During dinner we were given a lesson on how to properly eat couscous with our hands. We learned that you roll the couscous up into a ball and try to quickly get the couscous into our mouths without having too much fall onto the table. This was easier said than done. By the end of dinner there was couscous all over the table, down the front of us and all over our faces. The couscous was delicious and it was nothing like the instant Trader Joes stuff I bought back home.