December 2014: Jingle your Bells

OMG – it’s just over 3 weeks to Christmas! And what a full-on year it has been. It’s become even more hectic than usual because our customers are already buying gifts for friends and family. At Metroscope we havea range of gifts to suit all budgets whether it be the Kris Kringle at work or […]

October 2014 – Latest Moroccan Treasures

Our latest container arrived recently from Morocco. It’s always a delight to see what we purchased and ordered so many months ago. And everything looks even better than we remember!We’re still unpacking, photographing and putting things on the website so please keep checking in to see our new stock. What’s new? Lots of colour! We […]

Goat tagine with caramelised onions and tomatoes

This absolutely delicious recipe is adapted from a recipe by Christine Amina Benlafquih. More recipes can be found on her website moroccanfood.about.com 1 kg goat meat in pieces (use a cut with bones – always tastier in tagines) 500g onions, chopped 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1.5 teaspoons salt 1.5 teaspoons ginger 1 teaspoon turmeric […]

December 2013: Christmas at Metroscope

December is here again and for many it means that Christmas and Hanukah and summer holidays are just around the corner. We’ve just looked at the calendar and shock, horror, there are only  three more weekends to go before Christmas Day. We know that some organised people have started their Christmas shopping already, but from […]
Woven bread baskets
Urban spice coasters

October 2013: New Moroccan goodies

Our latest container arrived from Morocco recently. It’s been a few months since we saw what we bought and it’s a lovely surprise to rediscover all the beautiful goodies. We’ve unpacked most things and uploaded many of the new items onto our website, so you can check them out there. What’s new? Woven bread baskets […]
Painting a ceramic bowl
Making a zellige fountain
Weaving carpets in southern Morocco
Making metal percussion instruments
Engraving brass in Fes
Making kebab sticks
Sewing leather ottomans
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June 2013: The people who make it happen

We recently returned from a buying trip to Morocco. Morocco is an amazing country – the sights, sounds, colours and smells are all so different from those here in downtown Melbourne or anywhere else we know in Australia. The handcrafts are amazing, and it’s hard to believe that so many of these beautiful things are […]
Koutoubia mosque in Marrakech

Metroscope goes to Morocco

On April 21 we fly out to Morocco to buy lots of new stock. We’re very much looking forward to returning to this enchanting country, renewing friendships and looking for new stock that we can delight you with. Over the past week or two, we’ve been putting together our shopping list. So far the list includes […]
Sinya, Moroccan basket, Moroccan kilim cushion, Moroccan embroiderd cushion and korsi
Moroccan lantern, vintage teapot, perfume bottle, Images d'Orient placemats and coaster
Images d'Orient coasters

Christmas at Metroscope 2012

Good grief! What happened to 2012??It seems not so long ago we were hosting 20 people for Christmas lunch and now it’s that time again. So now I look at the calender and see less than THREE weeks to Christmas.Fortunately most of our Christmas gift shopping is not difficult and we don’t have to travel […]
Teapots galore
Handpainted wood
Loaded up!
Images d'Orient tins
Hammam collection
Sejjadeh Rosace collection

June 2012 Newsletter: New treasures!

We arrived back from a warm sunny Morocco a couple of weeks ago and it’s been all go since then. Morocco was wonderful as usual and it was good to see our friends and suppliers. We had a very busy few weeks of sourcing new products, travelling to our suppliers in different parts of Morocco, […]

March 2012 Newsletter- Morocco here we come

Our annual buying trip to Morocco is coming up soon, so Metroscope’s last trading day before we leave will be Saturday 21 April. We plan to buy lots more mosaic tables, hand-painted wooden tables, ceramics, ottomans and tea glasses and more. We’ll also be looking around for new products and ideas while we’re in Morocco. If there […]

Christmas 2011 Newsletter

It’s that time of the year again when it’s rush, rush  rush and it feels like the world is going to end and you have to get everything ticked off on your ‘to do’ list.And we’re sure that one of the items on your list is Christmas shopping. So this is a reminder that Metroscope has lots of […]
all new glasses
fes cooking tagine 4b
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zafaf collection
sejjadeh urjwan

East meets West on the Mediterranean

Metroscope is bringing the ancient medinas of Morocco and bustling Beirut together on the one website. Our new shipment from Morocco has arrived at last. We’re still unpacking but have lots of: – brightly coloured tea glasses, small medium and tall, traditional and comtemporary designs – ceramics from Fes and Safi, with some stunning ‘one-offs’ […]
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marrakech 16
marrakech 20
ceramics news
marrakech 14

June 2011 Newsletter: Watch this space!

Thank you Morocco for a wonderful trip. In spite of North African and Middle Eastern turmoil, Morocco opened its arms and welcomed us once more. Anybody would think that after so many visits to Morocco, we would be tired of it. But there’s still so much to see and enjoy. Now we’re  back home in […]
tea glass candles
studio id pic

Metroscope Christmas 2010 newsletter

Done all your Christmas shopping? If not, don’t forget there is a beautiful array of Moroccan treats awaiting you at Metroscope. Prices start at $6 for Moroccan tea glasses in a range of colours and styles and go all the way up to $1,550 for a very large round mosaic table. There are lots of […]
fes platter 6
pressed metal table 2
new glasses
pouffe red suede

Metroscope October 2010 newsletter

Our latest treasures have arrived from Morocco. New to Metroscope are ceramics from Fes. We have some stunning large platters n traditional blue and white as well as other colours. Excellent quality and striking designs. Sensational pressed metal occasional tables. Even though these are over-the-top ornate, they will look fabulous in a variety of settings. We  […]
lamb quince tagine

Lamb and Quince Tagine

Serves 6 Preparation time: 15 minutesCooking time: 2 1/2 hours 1 kg lamb forequarter or shoulder3 tablespoons olive oil2 onions, chopped1 cinnamon sticka pinch of saffron threadssalt and black pepper1/2 teaspoon cumin1/2 teaspoon coriander1/2 teaspoon cayenne1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger1 quince2 tablespoons honey2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander Warm the olive oil over medium heat in the tagine […]
felt hats
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Metroscope June 2010 newsletter

From Moroccan spring to Melbourne winter   Metroscope has recently returned from a buying trip in Morocco to face the cold of a Melbourne winter. Brrr! In case you’re also having trouble coping with the winter, we’ve got some winter specials for you. A special from the Marrakech souk are these cute felt hats – not […]
Moroccan tea glasses
mini tagines
Handpainted tables

Metroscope Christmas 2009 Newsletter

Christmas is just around the corner and if you haven’t done all your Christmas shopping yet, why not call in to Metroscope and check out our Moroccan wares. We have lots of goodies that are sure to tempt . They’ll make great Christmas presents for you or your friends, with things to suit all budgets, with prices starting at […]
Moroccan lantern
Shot glasses
handpainted table
Moroccan lantern

Metroscope October 2009 Newsletter

Woven Berber village cushions from the middle Atlas. Handcrafted magic lanterns from Marrakech. Traditional tea glasses from a hidden place near Casablanca. Moroccan mint teapots from Fez. Wrought iron ware (screens, mirrors, chairs) from the furnaces of Safi. Hand painted ceramics from the coastal town of Safi. Finest classic mosaic (zelij) tables. Vibrant painted village wooden […]


Serves 6 Preparation time: 30 minutesCooking time: 4 hours You don’t need a tagine to cook this dish – just a pot that can be put on top of the stove and then in the oven. It’s a traditional dish from Marrakech, and I’m told that it’s traditionally cooked by men when they are going to party […]
making ceramics

Metroscope June 2009 Newsletter

We’ve recently returned from another buying trip to Morocco. It’s a hard slog, but somebody has to do it! As ever, it was great to be back in Morocco and renew friendships and business relationships, see what’s new and practice our rather basic Moroccan (and French). Morocco has become our second home and we always […]
Mosaic table
Moroccan lantern

Metroscope October 2008 Newsletter

Our latest container from Morocco is finally here! It always seems like such a long wait from the time we go to Morocco and place our orders to the time the container arrives here in Melbourne. Almost everything we import is made to order for us, so that accounts for some of the wait. And […]
Essaouira fishing boats

Moroccan Tuna Tajine

Serves 4 Preparation time: 30 minutesCooking time:       45 minutes 2 cloves garlic1 onion3 tomatoes1 bunch fresh coriander3 tablespoons oil4 pieces of tunajuice of 1 lemon1/2 teaspoon cummin1/2 teaspoon turmeric1/2 teaspoon grated gingersalt and pepper Peel and chop the garlic and onion into small dice. Peel and deseed the tomatoes, and cut into small dice. Wash […]
Enjoying a tagine

Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Lemon

Serves 6 Preparation time: 10 minutesCooking time:        2 1/4 hours I kg lamb (use forequarter, neck, rump)3 large onions, finely diced2 tablespoons olive oila bunch of fresh coriander, choppedjuice of 1 lemona couple of pinches of saffron strands2 tesapoons cummin1/4 preserved lemon, finely chopped6 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and halvedsalt and pepper Heat oil in  tagine […]
Moroccan lantern
Mosaic table
Moroccan carpets
Moroccan riad

Metroscope June 2008 Newsletter

We’ve returned from our latest buying trip to Morocco. It was great to be back there, see people who have become friends and try out the Derija (or Moroccan) I’ve been trying to learn. Our first stop after Casablanca was Safi, where we ordered more wrought iron work  – mirrors, chairs, decorative screens and table bases. […]

Metroscope April 2008 Newsletter

Congratulations to the Merrijig Inn in Port Fairy for their rating of 15.5 in The Age Epicure review last month. We had a delicious Moroccan-inspired meal late last year when we visited Port Fairy and can wholeheartedly recommend this charming restaurant. And if you go there, you’ll see some of Metroscope’s beautiful wares in use. […]

Moroccan Veal Tagine with Tomatoes

Serves 4 to 6 people Preparation time: 15 minutesCooking time:       90 minutes This is a gentle flavoured tagine that goes well with steamed or mashed potatoes. 3 onions4 cloves of garlic1 kg of veal shoulder, cut in 5cm pieces2 pinches of saffron1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger4 tablespoons olive oil1 kg peeled chopped tomatoes or 1 tin […]
meatball tagine

Moroccan Meatball Tajine

Serves 6 people Preparation time   30 minutesSitting time            30 minutesCooking time        50 minutes 1 handful of flat-leaf parsleya few leaves of mint2 onions1kg of minced beef1 teaspoon cumin1/2 teaspoon sweet paprikaa pinch of cayenne1.5kg aubergines3 tomatoes2 tablespoons olive oil3 cloves of garlic3 tablespoons floursaltadditional oil for frying aubergines Wash and chop the parsley and mint finely. Slice […]

Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Prunes

Serves 6 people Preparation time   30 minutesCooking time         2 hours 1.5kg lamb (shoulder)2 pinches saffron1 cinnamon stick2 onions, finely sliced100g butter400g prunes, stoned3 tablespoons honey1 teaspoon cinnamon1 teaspoon cumin200g blanched almondssalt and pepper Cut the meat in cubes and place in the tagine with half a teaspoon of pepper, cumin, the saffron, cinnamon stick, onions […]

Metroscope November 2007 Newsletter

We are really pleased to advise that our latest shipment is finally here! It’s been a long and frustrating wait of many months. We’re sure you’ll be delighted with the great lanterns, tagines, plates and bowls, tea glasses, teapots, mirrors and tables that we selected in Morocco earlier this year. Some of our new wares will be […]

Moroccan Mussel Tagine

Serves 2 people Preparation time     30 minutesCooking time           40 minutes This is a delicious flavoursome tagine. We recommend serving it with steamed rice to mop up the beautiful juices. It can be made in the tagine, but you’ll need a large one, otherwise make it in a large pot. 800g mussels in their shell2 chillies […]

Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Olives and Preserved Lemons

Serves 4 to 6 people Preparation time      20 minutesCooking time            1 3/4 hours 1 chicken 3 cloves of garlic 2 onions 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley 3 teaspoons grated ginger    3 tablespoons olive oil 1 preserved lemon, cut into thin strips     175g green olives  salt and pepper Cut the chicken into pieces. Peel and chop the garlic. Slice the onion into thin slices. Add […]
Tunisian ceramic
Tunisian ceramic
cooking tagine
Tunisan lantern

Metroscope September 2007 Newsletter

Metroscope’s latest container full of Moroccan goodies was due to arrive in August but unfortunately events conspired against us. We had an unexpected delay in Morocco due to a tragedy in the family of one of our main suppliers. All we could do was convey our sympathies and tell them not to worry about us. […]
Marrakesh riad
Marrakesh riad
Marrakech riad
Making henna

Metroscope May 2007 Newsletter

We have recently returned from our latest buying trip to Morocco. It’s always a delight to go to Morocco and it’s starting to feel like our second home after our fourth visit there. We are excited about our new selection of Moroccan furniture and homewares and can’t wait for the container to be shipped back […]
Moroccan lantern
Mosaic table and decorative screen
Handpainted table
wall sconce

Metroscope July 2006 Newsletter

The Moroccan Caravan Has Arrived! Via a circuitous route, our container of new goodies has arrived at last. And apart from the hard work involved in unloading everything, it was a real buzz to see all the beautiful things that we selected when we were in Morocco in February. We have a fabulous range of […]
Choosing lanterns
Moroccan lantern
Mini tagines
Marrakech riad

Metroscope March 2006 Newsletter

Salaam aleikum. We’ve just returned to Melbourne after a couple of weeks in Morocco. ‘decisions … decisions’ We arrived in Casablanca on a Friday afternoon and caught a very full train down to Marrakech. Unfortunately we had to stand the whole way, so we were pleased but tired when we finally arrived. Although we had […]