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{Expat Guest Post} Being a Trailing Spouse

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 guest post is from Annabelle of  The Piri-Piri Lexicon. She (a French passport holder) lives in Germany with her husband (a Portugese citizen) and daughter, who is being raised learning French, Portuguese, English, and German! I hope you enjoy her story; I have a PhD and 5 years postgraduate research experience in academia. 2 years ago I went from academic working mum to trailing spouse. I left my job, my life, my friends to follow my husband and his great job …

Amanda Mouttaki{Expat Guest Post} Being a Trailing Spouse
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Shrimp Tacos with Peach Jalapeno Salsa

  Many times, when I’ve been traveling and staying with a family I’ve been asked to make an American meal. It’s always interesting for me to hear just what my host family considers “American” food.  It’s always a different answer. I think that the best part is that to me, there really is no definitive answer.  A lot of it is regional and even more food is transplanted from somewhere else and then adapted based on what’s available locally. Recently I had the opportunity to try out some Goya products.  I’ve used Goya quite a bit and was no stranger to their products.  While MarocBaba refused to eat any ethnic food when he first move to the US, he’s since gotten very adventurous.  He loves Mexican/Latin food, Indo-Pakistani meals are as welcome, and he doesn’t even turn up his nose at tofu. I’m so proud! We really love Latin cuisine and so trying out Goya’s new cookbook and a few …

Amanda MouttakiShrimp Tacos with Peach Jalapeno Salsa
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The 3 Negative Results of Losing Weight

This week has been hard for me and I almost feel guilty writing this post but when I told you about my weight loss surgery and subsequent experiences for many months now, I promised I would be open and honest, and this is going to be that. It’s time to throw out the rainbows and unicorns.  It’s time to talk about the other side of things. In our society there’s an all obsessive compulsion with weight loss, especially among women.  You find this in many cultures but not all. Women assume that once they hit a magical scale number all will be right and well with the world.  The problem is, it’s not. Sometimes, hitting that number means there are more problems than you started with.  For those of us *raising my hand* who have been overweight our entire lives it’s really, really hard. I know right, she’s complaining about actually having lost weight. How rude is that??!? I’m talking about it …

Amanda MouttakiThe 3 Negative Results of Losing Weight
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Vegetarian Thai Red Curry Pakora

My friend Aimee, who blogs at Goa Getter, lives in Hyderabad, India and I am incredibly jealous of her food adventures. Late one night (thanks to a 10 1/2 hr time difference) we were talking about food – go figure. She was telling me all about the different delicious-already-made food she could find by just going outside and around in her neighborhood. The next day I made a 5 course Indian meal because I couldn’t get it out of my head. I didn’t always like Indian food. In fact I’m still intimidated by a lot of curries and other dishes, but I love the variety and use of fresh spices and vegetables.  If I ever have to become vegetarian, I’m moving to India. To quell my longing for spicy dishes, and turn around a tasty meal in a short time I created this vegetarian pakora curry.  Pakoras are essentially a mix between a dumpling and a breading. They are fried …

Amanda MouttakiVegetarian Thai Red Curry Pakora
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{Expat Guest Post} Where You At, Expat?

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 guest post is from Lyndsay of Discount Travel Blogger. Like me, Lyndsay started her traveling “career” young and hasn’t looked back! In 2004 When I first left my home country to work on a Mediterranean Cruise ship, in my head, it was a little downgrade of my real dream job as a Flight Stewardess but well, our titles sounds similar as a Cabin Stewardess. I thought it was still a job ‘hitting 2 birds in one stone’. Getting paid while I …

Amanda Mouttaki{Expat Guest Post} Where You At, Expat?
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Gluten-Free Chebakia

Chebakia and Ramadan and synonymous in Morocco. You simply can’t have one without the other. This presents a big problem for us. Chebakia are cookies made of flour, spices, honey, and sesame seeds. It’s the flour that is problematic. It’s safe to say that Moroccan families eat dozens and dozens of these cookies every Ramadan.  They are made (or bought) in huge quantities and are time consuming to make – which makes it very clear to me why they’re a special holiday treat.   Last year I decided I would try to make a gluten-free chebakia to serve with harira during Ramadan.  Traditionally these cookies are a very unique shape.  The dough is rolled flat, cut into rectangles, then sliced 3-4 times in the middle of each piece of dough.  It is then inverted to create a shape that reminds me of a flower. While this can be tricky to master, traditional dough has enough elasticity to make it possible. …

Amanda MouttakiGluten-Free Chebakia