Egyptian Macaroni Bechamel {Pasta with Bechamel Sauce}

Today’s post comes from Aya who blogs at AyaKhalil.com. She’s a freelance journalist and mom of two. This recipe for macaroni bechamel may not sound Egyptian but I assure you it is! One of the first Egyptian meals I tasted included this dish and every Arab potluck that has Egyptians present will have a few dishes of macaroni bechamel. I mean what’s not to love? Enjoy! Salam! This dish is called macaroni béchamel. My mom taught me this Egyptian dish and it’s one of our family’s favorite dishes. It’s nice because it includes protein, starch and dairy. You can also…

Ziplining in the Atlas Mountains

Ziplining in the Atlas Mountains

What do you get when you put two globe traveling, international families together? A whole lot of fun! When our friends from Pint Size Gourmets came to stay in Marrakech last spring we spent plenty of time together. As the days grew warmer and the kids got restless we looked for somewhere they could go to get outside and run their little hearts out. There aren’t many places for kids to play in Marrakech (though there are a few) and so I mentioned Terres d’Amanar (and that they had ziplining)to Wendy and immediately she said, “let’s do it!” We booked rooms…

Senegalese Chicken Yassa

Today’s post comes from Kimberly of Muslimahs Working at Home. I’m thrilled to have another African recipe to contribute. Even though Ramadan has now come to an end I have a few more recipes to share. I had hoped to get them all up before the end of the month however with packing and traveling I’ve gotten completely off schedule. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this recipe anytime of year.  During my second year of marriage, and second Ramadan, I stumbled across a traditional Senegalese recipe in the local newspaper. Fast forward 16+ years, and this recipe is still a favorite go…

Tunisian Tajine

Today’s guest post is from Sarah of Curious Cuisiniere. She put together this Tunisian tajine that is a far departure from the Moroccan version! You can find more great recipes on her website!  We loved Amanda’s idea to get other bloggers around the world together to create dishes from the Arab world for Ramadan. And, we are incredibly excited to be sharing a recipe from Tunisia with you today. I’ll be the first to admit that we didn’t know much about many of the countries on the list that Amanda gave us. But, each of the countries we researched from the list had…

Syrianfettet djaj

Syrian Fattet Djaj {Layered Chicken Platter}

Get your stretchy pants on because you’re going to want seconds and thirds of this dish. Our post today is from Olivia of Olivia’s Cuisine. I was so glad when she wanted to participate and chose Syria as where to make a dish from. Syrian food is amazing! You can find more great recipes from Olivia on her blog and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  I have this obsession with Middle Eastern food. My American friends can’t understand where it comes from, since I’m Brazilian and they think that in Brazil all we eat is…

Pakistani Soaked Daal

Today’s recipe comes from Shannon of Homemade Families.  She is a wife, mom, and midwife living in California with her family. She is one of the sweetest people I have met and should some mystical magic happen and I find myself pregnant, I’d fly her to Morocco to be my midwife! I hope you enjoy this story and recipe from her kitchen. Thirteen years ago, I was a young, hungry new college grad. I could boil pasta, make grilled cheese, and throw together a salad. My husband’s parents came to California from Karachi in the mid seventies. When my husband found himself…

Pompeii with Kids

A Shore Excursion to Pompeii with Kids

Have you heard of the popular book series called The Magic Treehouse? My boys have enjoyed these books for many years and I always add new copies to our collection when I see them. I love how they combine history, geography, and world events into a story that is still enjoyable. When my mom was visiting us this past winter she read to the boys from the volcano book every night. It’s set in ancient Pompeii. So, when I booked our cruise with a stop in Naples I knew we had to actually go and see Pompeii. Some research online…

When The Unknown Or Unusual Becomes The Norm

I’m continuing to share posts about travelers “first” experiences in an Islamic country as a follow-up to my post on why you should visit an Islamic country in 2015. This post is from Heidi of the blog Wagoners Abroad. Heidi and her husband Alan are passionate about travel (50+ countries) and both author the popular blog.  In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”.  They quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Southern Spain, with their 2 kids (Lars and Anya).  After nearly 2 years in Spain, they became nomadic and explored Southeast Asia for 11 months.  They have…