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15 Recipe Ideas for Day Old Bread

In  Morocco it’s almost unheard of to throw away bread. Even though it is consumed at least three times a day and there inevitably is bread leftover, it is saved, reused if possible and if not, put into the garbage in a separate bag.  It’s then often fed to animals. Instead of letting these day-old pieces go to waste, why not instead give them a second life? Croutons Italian Seasoned Croutons from Aimee of Like Mother Like Daughter Homemade Croutons from Modern Christian Homemaker Bread Pudding Sweet Potato Bread Pudding  Toffee Bread Pudding from Crumbs and Chaos Croissant Bread Pudding from The Culinary Life –  Gluten-Free Orange Almond Bread Pudding  Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Bread Pudding from Snappy Gourmet Leek Bread Pudding from Fifteen Spatulas Cranberry Pistachio Bread Pudding from Taste, Love, and Nourish Mushroom and Leek Savory Bread Pudding from Confident Cook Hesitant Baker Other Great Ideas Israeli Panzanella Salad from What Jew Wanna Cook Panade with Swiss Chard and …

Amanda Mouttaki15 Recipe Ideas for Day Old Bread
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{Expat Guest Post} Varya of The Creative World of Varya

When we decided to become expats, I knew there were others like us out there – I just had to find them.  Once I started looking, I was amazed at just how many people have chosen an expatriate lifestyle. So many people tell me that they wish they could move to another country; I want to share the stories of those who have made the choice.  I hope that these stories might encourage others to take the plunge. Today’s post is from Varya of the Creative World of Varya.  She’s a mom of 2 raising a multicultural and multilingual family. Varya has many years of experience working with children and families on nurturing language, physical and creativity development. If you’ve ever wondered what I was like growing up just read the first 3 sentences of this guest post – that was me too!  You can connect with Varya on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Sulia, and Instagram. Since I was a little girl, I …

Amanda Mouttaki{Expat Guest Post} Varya of The Creative World of Varya
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6 Moorish Influences to See (and Eat) in Portugal

At the top of my travel bucket list is a trip to Portugal.  I’ve tried for years to get a layover on our way to Morocco that stops in Lisbon but have been unsuccessful.  One of the first trips I plan to take once we’re settled in Marrkech is to this country. Today’s post is a guest post from Katie, a blogger who loves to travel, she believes that wherever she goes, experiencing the culture and learning about the local history makes her adventures even more delightful. You can find her on twitter @delightsomeblog. Moorish influences can be seen throughout the world – and perhaps nowhere more so than in Portugal. One of our family’s favourite destinations, Portugal is one of Europe’s oldest countries so is steeped in history. Invaded by the Moors in 711, who established a capital at Shelb – now called Silves –Arabic influences can still be seen today. In everything from some of Portugal’s biggest attractions, to the littlest …

Amanda Mouttaki6 Moorish Influences to See (and Eat) in Portugal
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Creative Gift Ideas for Adults and Kids This Eid

Gift-giving is a tradition in Moroccan, and most Islamic cultures. You wouldn’t show up at someone’s home for dinner without a small gift for the hostess or children.  For Eid-al-Fitr, and Eid-al-Adha gifts take on a more celebratory role.  In Islamic countries the practice of gift giving during these holidays is largely based on giving children gifts.  It makes the event feel festive.  For children who have fasted the entire month of Ramadan (after which we celebrate Eid-al-Fitr) this is a token, a reward for their hard work and sacrifices. I have to admit it’s just in recent years that we’ve started to make the celebration of Eids more of a “big deal” by inviting family over and having small gifts for the kids. Since we are moving in two weeks, my sister has invited us (she’s not Muslim by the way) to her house for Eid dinner. If you’re hoping to celebrate in a bigger way this year here …

Amanda MouttakiCreative Gift Ideas for Adults and Kids This Eid
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Vegetarian Moroccan Harira

For Moroccans, harira soup is a Ramadan ritual.  Every evening families sit down to bowls of steaming harira – even when daytime summer temperatures soar about the 100F mark. I love soup, but the last thing I want to do is leave my stove on for hours during the hottest part of summer. Instead, I created this quicker version to satisfy the Ramadan ritual but keep my house at a tolerable temperature. Traditional harira is made with dried lentils, dry chickpeas, rice, vermicelli noodles, a potpurri of herbs and spices, vegetables, and meat – most often lamb. If you’ve ever cooked with dry chickpeas you’ll know this part of the cooking process can take hours, just to soften the beans. I really prefer this soup without meat (but that’s kind of every food lately!), and omitting meat automatically cuts off cooking time.  My next shortcut is to use a pre-made broth. I rarely ever reach for a vegetable broth when …

Amanda MouttakiVegetarian Moroccan Harira

Sticking to Routine on the Road

It can be really hard to stick to a routine when traveling. This past weekend I was at BlogHer 13 and while I didn’t take a pass on the popcorn at a Disney premier party I attended and ate a few macarons, I really tried to make good choices. There was a lot of appetizer-style food options and instead of digging into the fried options, I went instead for protein and fruit and veggies. I also had the opportunity to interview Dr. Travis Stork from the TV show The Doctors.  I asked Dr. Stork 2 questions.  1) What are some ways you would recommend that someone who has had a gastric sleeve surgery can get enough protein without focusing on a lot of meat or relying on protein shakes.  2) I am considering skin removal surgery, what are some of the risks I should consider and make sure to ask a plastic surgeon about.  I was really excited by his …

Amanda MouttakiSticking to Routine on the Road