Where the warka women work
Ever since he got to Morocco, Barnaby has been searching for warka. He’d already learnt about yufka in Turkey and filo in Greece. So he was excited to hear that in Morocco they also love incredibly thin pastry – but have a totally different way of making it!
But could he find it? It kept turning up in food like the famous pastilla pie, and the little briwat pastries he saw all over the place. But nobody seemed to sell it on its own, let alone actually make it themselves – so where did it come from?
Well, today he found out. Hidden away in their homes down little alleyways in medinas all over the country, there are women like Khadija, sitting at big round hotplates, making warka to sell to restaurants and patisseries.
But rather than rolling the dough out like their Turkish cousins, they take handfuls of sloppy, sticky dough and smear it directly onto the hot metal. Ouch! thought Barnaby – especially when he tried it himself. It’s not easy, particularly if your hands are furry. Best leave it to the warka women …